Explaining the election (in parentheses: to pursue):
- A critical shift in the organization of the economy post 1968, from industrial to hi-tech capitalism (occupational structures?).
- Leaving many dependent on the old economy hurt and at a loss, largely the white working class, hold-over racism and sexism accentuated as scapegoats. (foreclosures, evictions, bankruptcies, struggling suburban homeowners – not the really poor, homeless)
- They reacted with anxiety and an emotional attachment to the past Deep Story (their traditional identity?).
- They blamed, quite rightly, “the” establishment, although not clear as to its membership, pushed by media etc. to blame “government” (social media, TV, not press?)
- Trump as politician picked up on this, despite his own membership in the new establishment (motivation? pathological egotism? Business).
- The anxious white ex-working class built up a deep story, a vision, abetted by Trump and the media that was heavily emotional (shaping identities?)
- That story, built on real anxiety-inducing experience, mis-interpreted history, and built a psychological/ideological barrier that facts and reason could not penetrate (high school or less education?).
- Trump offered the charismatic fairy tale leader, believe me, trust me, not them, they have failed you (over 30 years? Since Reagan? since Johnson?)
- Hillary offered no vision that addressed the grounded anxiety (health care costs? Real unemployment levels?).
- But Trump’s allegiance as a businessman is and always was to the new elite establishment, and he will unify the Republican Party around it. The holdouts will be those with a personal repugnance to Trump’s personal behavior, which they will swallow. (social circles, clienteles, customers, tenants?)
The Blog#90 series will deal with some of these isssues in more detail.