The election of Donald Trump has been a shock for many. Where is the country headed?
Critics like Gore Fidal and Noam Chomsky would say that this is just the next step in what has been a long term process. That process was a top down effort to distract the electorate from the real issues facing the nation by playing up foreign threats. The electorate is so distracted now that they were easily taken in by a con man.
There may be an element of truth in this. At the same time, I do not believe that anyone planned Trump’s victory. I don’t think Trump himself expected it. Instead, he was able to tap into the anger of white voters who feel left out of the discussion of where the country is headed. They wanted to say “enough! Stop the train!”
And this has brought out a very deep and rather ugly divide between progressives and conservatives. Can we get beyond this?
I think it is possible, but it will not happen overnight. To start, check out Greg Stall’s piece on how movements work. Greg makes a good point. We are not going anywhere until a movement transcends this divide.