Trump and the Death of the American Dream

In a world where the assessments of intelligence agencies are fake and fake news is real, Donald Trump risks dragging America into the trap of gullible cynicism.

In my more solipsistic moments, I almost feel like I brought this all on myself. From the time I first stepped foot onto Kazakh soil in June 2004 until the moment I left Moscow for India in April 2015, my reality, with a few intermissions, was a post-Soviet one. The learning curve was so steep I have trouble remembering former iterations of myself left scattered up and down those those myriad peaks and valleys. I came to Kazakhstan a Peace Corps volunteer with cookie cutter leftist politics, a Christian’s metaphysical armor, American idealism and enough cognitive dissonance to have my brain dancing like a washing machine on its last legs.

Something had to break.

A few years later, Russia obliged.

All the courtyard’s drunks and mutts Humpty-Dumptied me back into something both better and worse.

I was forever given an outsider’s view on my own culture. I was never fully allowed back in. When the time came, I thought I could leave Russia. But follow rivers long enough and you learn that they’re all connected. The slippery waters of White Sea unreality are now lapping on Atlantic shores.

So here’s the thing that everyone who’s ‘seen behind the veil’ already knows: the intersubjective order governing all human interactions is based on myths. Once people stop believing in those myths, the order collapses.

This is no conspiracy, you’re not Tyler Durden and the wool has not been pulled over your eyes sheeple.

Without collective intentionality, money is nothing more than a Rorschach Test on colorful paper; dead Syrian children are decaying organic matter and not war crimes. When teenagers who have never thought about metacognition first stumble upon Sartre and realize that “objective reality” isn’t something that pours unadulterated into their looking glass eyes, a few fits of philosophy often follow. Most search and ultimately find their footing on firm-enough ontological grounds. But when entire societies chase the rabbit down the hole and never find their way back, cynicism triumphs— authoritarian drift begins.

It has always been discomfiting for humans to accept that law, human rights, culture, religion and economies are underpinned by nothing more than shared agreement. It is in our nature to want an arbitrator to stand above the fray and keep the goalposts in place. Thus the original power vertical was born: God, god(s), kings, courts and commoners.

Get past that regressive thinking and you realize we ourselves are endowed with the awesome responsibility to create the architecture of our systems. We fashion the imagined order that shapes the material world.

The Soviet Union, for example, was swept up into a dialectic of Hegelian exuberance with Eschatological Marxism promising heaven on earth for the faithful. Philosophy was elevated to science; the mechanics of history’s movements oiled by pioneering engineers.

And although heaven on earth was not found (in fact, at times it was closer to hell) belief did propel man into space.

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When the cracks began to appear on the canvas of socialist realism, people themselves split. As Peter Pomerantsev has noted, homo sovieticus grew up lying in every public moment, for the cost of truth-telling was the loss of job, liberty (and possibly life.)

As I previously wrote, Russia, unlike the West, first came into contact with critical theory and post modernism not during the halcyon days of social revolution and economic boom, but during a time when everything was falling apart. In the absence of genuine civil society, a robust economy or any form of institutional mooring, rather than sail through the death of a godless god and the birth of another, Russia was left in a two-decade long holding pattern — existential purgatory.

Then, when Russians who came of age before 1991 came to power, “they created a society that was a feast of simulations, with fake elections, a fake free press, a fake free market and fake justice,” as Pomerantsev noted.

Thus was born triumphant cynicism, which can be summarized as a power-obsessed culture’s compromise with abject powerlessness. You can’t do anything, you don’t do anything, but that’s ok, because nothing can be done. At least you are in on the lack of need to do. It’s the idealists working against the grain who have lost their way.

Such cynicism, of course, is useful to those behind the levers of power.

“When people stopped trusting any institutions or having any values, they could easily be spun into a conspiratorial vision of the world,” he wrote. “Thus the paradox: the gullible cynic.”

Americans, at our worst, have long been the opposite of that: gullible optimists. But optimists are creatures of doing. Belief in the efficacy of acting creates action. That action shapes the material world. The idea of money will die with man, but styrofoam created on account of the profit motive will live forever. The belief in human rights created both Amnesty International and an ex-post facto pretext for invading Iraq.

Which is to say, optimism has its downsides.

The true danger of Donald Trump, beyond retrograde environmental, immigration and economic policies is that, as a sufferer of narcissistic personality disorder, he believes in nothing beyond the barriers of his own soma.

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Trump, in so many ways, is a living, breathing manifestation of America’s Jungian shadow; an oversized beast with body dysmorphia unatttuned to ambient noise, smashing countless fragile things underfoot and unawares. He’s an entitled rich kid who envisions himself a self-made man, a gaudy vulgarian interested in gilded, and not ivory towers. He has no time for reading but knows it all; a true exemplar of the Dunning-Kruger effect. Trump is a white man born in a cradle shaped like a tanning bed who doesn’t know if he still exists when people stop looking at him. And in case you hadn’t guessed, he’s got a big dick.

He is the cacophonous swell of disintegrating Union when the better angels of our nature have been bludgeoned to death by tone-deaf demons singing the National Anthem as a form of onanism. But it was America that ultimately begot Trump, secreting him from its oversized bile duct onto the polity. And now it shall be Trump that fashions America in his own image.

Like most narcissists, Trump displaces any sense of shame through projection. There is no institution that he would not set on fire for the sake of his own ego. Today it’s the CIA, tomorrow it’s an independent judiciary.

Trump’s rage against Saturday Night Live’s portrayal of him is reminiscent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose notoriously thin skin is routinely ironed out with botox.

When a popular satirical program called Kukly (often translated as ‘Dolls’, perhaps better translated as ‘Puppets’), routinely depicted Putin as an impotent groom or a big baby, the Kremlin asked NTV, which broadcast the show, to stop portraying the not-yet omnipotent president.

The channel responded by showing Putin as biblical theophany the very next episode (ironic, as near deification would be his future failsafe against televised satire).

That, coupled with their critical coverage of the Second Chechen War, sealed the channel’s fate.

NTV’s owner was ultimately jailed, his media holdings were brought under state control and Kukly was taken off the air.

Be careful Alec Baldwin.

Trump is the kind of man who would build an arc out of an orphanage rather than drown for the sake of saving children. Just don’t remind him of it, or he might try and drown you too. And don’t use hyperbole to prove a point, for he just might beef up those liable laws and sue you. This is the first time I’ve ever second-guessed myself when writing about an American politician. That’s how this all starts…

A narcissist views self-worth as an all or nothing, zero-sum proposition. The national interest will be subsumed to the magical thinking needed to keep the myth alive.

As a result, Trump would rather undermine the “rigged election system” than lose an election. Even when he won the electoral vote tally, he couldn’t countenance having lost the popular vote. Instead, he claimed he had also won the popular vote, if one were to deduct the millions of people who “voted illegally”.

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When the Central Intelligence Agency concluded that the Russian government had sought to secure a Trump victory, he retorted that their claim was “ridiculous”, adding that “these are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.”

Alex Jones, the Infowars founder who believes Obama turns frogs gay with chemicals and views Sandy Hook as a false flag, backed Trump in denying Russian involvement.

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Calling Obama’s citizenship into question, declaring 9/11 an inside job and accusing FEMA of setting up concentration camps is one thing. Accusing a hostile foreign power of attempting to influence your election through hacking? Beyond the pale.

Trump also doesn’t receive daily intelligence briefings from “those people” because he views himself as a “smart person.”

By contrast, when Trump falsely accused a man who attempted to rush the stage during one of his campaign rallies in March of having ties to ISIS, he later said: “What do I know about it? All I know is what’s on the Internet.”

Smart.

As for Putin, there’s a reason Trump saves his invective for his own intelligence community intended to safeguard his nation and not a hostile foreign leader who has been working tirelessly to send the City on a Hill into a ditch.

“If he says great things about me, I’m going to say great things about him.”

Very smart.

But the problem is not just Trump’s narcissism, opaque business practices, or questionable connections. It is the decay of American institutions that ultimately helped propel him to the White House in the first place — the same institutions that are the only thing standing between American democracy and Trump’s most despotic tendencies.

When Trump tweets of fake elections, his supporters salivate at the sound of the dog whistle. False stories about dead souls and illegal immigrants voting have long been meant to disenfranchise minorities. They’ve also undermined faith in the electoral process.

When he speaks of the lying mainstream media, his supporters are already primed for the message. For decades, it has long reverberated in the echo chamber that fake news is news one disagrees with while real news is actually fake news that reinforces one’s preexisting beliefs about the world. Hence Balkan-generated clickbait is fact and meticulously fact-checked exposes in Newsweek are “fiction”.

But it’s not all a ruse.

When he talks about the fake free market, he isn’t entirely off the mark. Throughout the rustbelt, the bailout of Wall Street and the sell out of Main Street is dolefully discussed under decaying monoliths to days of manufacture gone by.

Maybe they could never stay in a globalized world. But they had to be replaced with something.

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The King and Queen of the party of labor did rack up $153 million in speaking fees from the captains of finance; neither Trump nor Macedonian teenagers made that up.

You don’t have to be a Trump supporter to know that no one from HSBC went to prison for helping Mexican drug cartels launder money, but Patricia Spottedcrow did get 12 years for selling $31 worth of weed.

You thought that only the sons of Russian politicians, Southeast Asian aristocrats and Indian actors were allowed to run people over with near impunity. Then affluenza spread stateside like SARS, Ethan Couch was deemed too rich to be a vehicular homicider, and banana trees began sprouting in Burleson, Texas.

Trump also wouldn’t be wrong to excoriate fake justice, although somehow, in some bizarre inversion of logic, those who long found themselves on top of America’s psychologically suppressed racial hierarchy realized that privilege had diminishing returns as the wealth gap widened under their own party’s policies. But rather than confront their own intersubjective myth — the self-made man unencumbered by social debt —they turned their ire on those who had long suffered from the sort of injustice they are just beginning to glimpse.

And now, self-made men are calling for protectionism. They want the free market to bring down the price of drugs that are more costly than anywhere else in the free world because of…the free market. The cognitive dissonance has turned large swaths of the republic into a pressure cooker. And then the other is hated beyond rhyme or reason.

America is already so, so close to the edge.

Another attack on the scale of 9/11 would do much to stoke Trump’s authoritarian tendencies. America’s institutions, while more robust than those of other states where authoritarian leaders have used crisis to consolidate power (Russia, Turkey, Weimar Germany), are diminished. The party of Reagan seems unwilling to take on Trump so long as they can gut the EPA, further wealth polarization for the sake of their own failed myth and bring a woman’s reproductive health more firmly under the state’s control.

They were never democrats to begin with. Voter suppression is part of the party platform.

But even their base is becoming disenfranchised. And what do you do when the party of bloodletting wins again while the party of penicillin has been accused of corrupting souls with their witches’ brew? You know who gets the blame when somebody dies.

So as reason continues to falter, as the Commander in Chief leads the charge against reality, conspiracy will take hold of the increasingly dispossessed.

Live with fear long enough and reality starts to become slippery. It’s hard to stay balanced when you stop believing in the certainty of tomorrow (or the certitude of yesterday).

And if all of that time in Russia taught me anything, it’s this: all is lost when the little man stops believing. It’s one thing when the president is a crook, quite another when it’s cops, tax agents and postal workers. The fish may rot from the head, but a building never collapsed due to a twisted spire.

The elite have had, since time immemorial, the luxury of disbelief. After all, it’s an entirely different matter to play a rigged game when the game is rigged for you.

Americans have long believed the game was relatively fair. The Union is imperfect, but we were always moving towards our greater ideals.

“The arc of history is long but it bends towards justice.” Or so we believe(d).

Russians, have, for most of their history, seen the arc of history bend towards iniquity. Then a wind of change seemingly came a quarter century back. It turned out to be a storm.

American idealists and vultures got behind that slipstream and set sail to former Soviet states for myriad reasons all born of the same mind.

They always thought we were naive; we thought they were pessimists. Who knew we were both making it all up as we went along?

Ultimately, the Harvard crooks, Christ-complexed, volunteers, civil servants and bored backpackers were all caught up in the same strange missionary effort to make them more like us.

Who would have imagined, 25 years later, that it was us who just might end up like them?

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9 thoughts on “Trump and the Death of the American Dream

  1. Excellent piece. I’ve watched neoliberalism rip apart the American middle class for nearly forty years now, and I knew full well that even a Clinton victory would have been horrible in its own right. But the crowning of the Despot by the electoral college, that despicable creation of the slavocracy which founded America, is sheer geopolitical suicide — the assassination of 21st century America by the 18th. Many of us will resist the madness for as long as we’re able to. If you have the time, drop us some hints on how to survive and navigate exile. We’re facing some hard choices here.

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    • Thank you for the kind words. It’s interesting you would ask me that, as my friend Jim over at Russia Without BS has just started a series on that very topic:

      https://nobsrussia.com/2016/12/14/so-you-live-in-a-dictatorship-part-i-you-have-no-beliefs/

      I should probably mention that every country I’ve lived in since university has been markedly less free than the United States in many respects, so to tell you how to survive exile might end up being a lesson in how to survive what America itself could become.

      Perhaps the better question is: How do I not have to survive what America could become? The answer to that is resistance, not violent resistance, but a willingness to use media and civic institutions to fight but. Do not give the bastards an inch for free.

      There seems to be a pattern where people remain incredulous until it’s too late.

      ‘Ok, he shut down that TV station, but he won’t shut down all TV stations!’

      ‘Oh, he arrested that journalist, but he won’t arrest all journalists!’

      ‘Oh, he closed down that NGO, but he won’t close down all NGOs!” ”

      ‘Oh, he arrested that opposition member in the middle of the night, but he won’t liquidate the entire opposition!’

      ‘Oh, that politician was assassinated, but it wasn’t state sponsored!’

      ‘Oh, someone’s knocking at my door. What could it be at this hour…”

      Sometimes I think the dismantling of civil society is so piecemeal that the Faustian bargain offered after the fact — stability/control vs. chaos — almost appears to be an organic development. In fact, that binary was carefully crafted, one silent victory at a time.

      Difficult to believe, but there was a time when you could still mock Putin on TV for being (literally) impotent. But every step of the way, people shrugged when chipped away at the checks and balances.

      And then it was too late. So my advice to you and anyone in America is, don’t let it get that far. All the tools for peaceful resistance are in place. Don’t be afraid, be a neighbor, and stand up when standing up is needed.

      Oh, and keep yourself sane with the insane amount of beauty in the world. That’s ultimately how we all get by. Best of luck.

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  2. OMG Seriously? You don’t live here any more and haven’t for years and it shows. Yes, Houston we have a problem. Occupy Wall Street was the first shot in that war. People as a whole have finally caught up to the fact that we are being screwed by the one percent. What you think we should do to fix that is directly tied into your current worldview. Trump offered option A to fix the problem, Bernie option B. Two radical extremes, but looking at the same basic issue. Unfortunately for America, Hillary was the Democratic nominee so we got option A. However, I think that it’s more than a bit harsh to assume the sky is falling when the man has not yet stepped foot through the door. He is the same Fuck You to the elites that Brexit is. That’s it. He was too good an opportunity to pass up. There is no more there to analyze. I live in Ohio, I know. Hillary was a horrible candidate. Anyone other than her and we would not have gotten Trump. You’re giving him power that he hasn’t yet proven he has. If the Democrats can in any way get their shit together (and so far there is zero sign of their ability to do this) they will win the mid-terms handily and Congress will flip. Trump is a disrupter and that’s maybe not a bad thing. Something has to give and change needs to happen. We have a whole massive underclass of people that are entirely out of the system right now as it is. That cannot last in a functioning democracy and has nothing to do with Trump. He is just the messenger, again nothing more.

    Try to look at the silver lining. The R’s are going to own whatever happens the next four years. They’ve spent the last 8 making it Obama’s fault despite the total obstruction of the Republican Congress. Hard to blame someone else when it doesn’t get better (and it won’t) under a Republican Congress.

    This is what the people want. Let’s see what happens when they actually get it.

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  3. Because you’re focused on the wrong thing and it looks a lot like you’re listening to the media in general (who, I think this election safely proved, does not get it), vs. seeing/ hearing the nuance on the ground. Stop and think about the Ohio counties that went for Obama four years ago by 25%, but then swapped to Trump this election. Are they suddenly racist anti-everythingist? In four years? You make the same mistakes that the DNC does and that drives me every bit as crazy because it screws up the correct resistance message/path out of this hell hole. Repeat after me, Trump is the messenger. He, in and of himself, has no power. To focus your fire on him personally is to waste it on the wrong thing and give him power he doesn’t have (like when people insist Putin is some sort of super-genius and so all of our efforts should be focused solely on him) Trump tapped into what was already there. He neither created it nor amplified it, merely pulled the blanket off of it. So, if you want to flip out and be afraid (and there are many excellent reasons for that, just read Trump’s cabinet list for example) be afraid of what all of those Americans are thinking/feeling and the fact that they are willing to sacrifice our environment, economy etc. to change things. That’s how desperate they are. The feelings of powerlessness and the system being “rigged,” of having no place in the world and our country, Donald picked them up and ran. It’s this desperation that needs to be addressed because the elite of both parties left these folks behind long ago. I don’t see that changing in anything the Dems have said or plan to do.

    The fact that Trump is a misogynist/racist/tin-pot dictator type person etc. is simply unfortunate and very much ancillary. Don’t focus on that piece like Hillary did with her totally stupid “basket of deplorables” comment (what the hell politician writes off the feeling of 47% of the country!). Also, speaking of Hillary, never for get that a, she sucked HARD as a candidate and was(is) deeply, deeply reviled and b, she still managed to win the popular vote. Finally, I think you’re making a strong assumption about the ability of the Republicans and Trump to work together. We haven’t gotten proof of that just yet so let’s not jump ahead of ourselves.

    Two final closing thoughts (sorry for the length of my comment 😦 ). One, support on the ground for Trump is wide, but not deep. People picked him because they hated Hillary and wanted to fuck Washington. They’ve accomplished that goal so I wouldn’t assume strong loyalty to Trump, especially if the economy goes south. If the Dems don’t control Congress in two years it’s because they are run by a clueless pack of idiots, not because people love Trump or buy deeply into what he’s selling. Two, I’m curious if you’ve read the comments by Michael Moore (good Michigan boy that he is) who also correctly called this election. Normally I’m not a huge Michael Moore fan, but as someone who experiences that same rust belt reality he does every day I’d say he nailed it.
    “Trump’s election is going to be the biggest “fuck you” ever recorded in human history — and it will feel good … Whether Trump means it or not is kind of irrelevant because he’s saying the things to people who are hurting, and that’s why every beaten-down, nameless, forgotten working stiff who used to be part of what was called the middle class loves Trump. He is the human Molotov cocktail that they’ve been waiting for, the human hand grenade that they can legally throw into the system that stole their lives from them.”

    http://michaelmoore.com/trumpwillwin/
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/michael-moore-morning-after-to-do-list_us_5823ab47e4b0aac62489134f

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    • I find your comment to be strange, because whether or not I agree with everything you wrote, we are not offerring mutually exclusive perceptions. My text is primarily about a break-down in institutional trust, how I viewed it in Russia, and what analogues I have viewed in America. You are writing as if I’ve offered a countervailing view as to the rise of Trump, when I’ve done nothing of the sort. In fact, if you read what I write, it actually dovetails with some of the points that you’ve made.

      So I think it’s fine that you don’t agree with everything I write, but I get the sense that you don’t even understood exactly what I wrote or why I wrote it. And I think if you would be a bit more thoughtful when it comes to considering the opinions of others and a bit less didactic in expressing your own opinions (which you seem to treat as objective fact) it would serve you well. Peace.

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  4. No, our views are not mutually exclusive. We both agree that Trump is a horror on wheels and is highly likely to lead the US in the wrong direction. It’s the nuance on which we disagree, i.e. the level of break down of institutional trust, what form it takes, the actual role, if any of Trump in this and, the ever popular Russian question, “What is to be done?”. My disagreement with what you wrote centers on the focus on Trump and, honestly it feels to East/West coast in it’s horror (in an ack! the barbarians in the middle of the country are destroying us all and we’re now at the edge of the apocalypse because of their stupidity type way). Ask your self this, if Hillary Clinton had managed to eek out a victory in November would you have written the identical post? My guess is no, but if you’re right in what you wrote you should have because we’re only talking about 100,000 or so votes here and there in the right place. The same reason you wouldn’t have bothered (or the more subdued post you might have written) is the same reason you should temper your emotion now.

    I think you wrote what you wrote because you’re scared of Trump and all the horror that he has brought to the surface in our country and all of the negative things he might do. That is a very reasonable fear and one I share.

    As for my being didactic and having a strong opinion, well that’s how discussions work. You have a strong opinion. You write a whole long blog post. I have a strong opinion. I write a whole long response. Just because I don’t agree with 100% of what you wrote doesn’t mean I don’t understand what you’re trying to say. If I wasn’t listening to you or didn’t respect your opinion I would neither read your blog, nor would I waste my time commenting on it. Ironically, I see that as a complement to you because I consider you interesting enough to engage in nuanced discussion. I do respectfully suggest that I know more about the situation than you do because I live in the middle of it and feel there is value in that. It would be equally reasonable to suggest you know more about the situation in Russia than I do because you live in the middle of it, and that’s with my reading Russian fluently and having travelled there and having a myriad of friends there. Isn’t one of the premises of your blog to bridge the reality shown by the West with the nuance on the street? That gap exists in the Western press too you know. It’s just a different set of elite biases. Some of what you wrote above reflects those same biases and I think you’re better than that. There, that’s the TL;DR version of what I have been saying.

    С Новым Годом!)

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    • I appreciate your reading, it was just particular phrases that you used rather than disagreeing with me in and of itself that led to me response. But there can always be an ocean between what one person infers and what another means. So dialogue is always good.

      I will mention this. I have been back in America for some time due to family reasons. I was here for the election. I live in rural northeast Tennessee. It’s where my family is from. My father is a pastor and my mother is a homemaker. I work bad hours for a modest wage at a newspaper.

      So even if you disagree with my opinions, they are not the opinions of a member of the costal elite. I’m from (and once again back in) the buckle of the bible belt. And my feelings on the institutional breakdown are related to many of the feelings expressed by member’s of my father’s congregation, as well as people I chat with at the package store I go to for my own existential medicine. There is an entire world of disbelief being cultivated where I’m from. Which actually leads to another point.

      You’re someone from Ohio; I’m a dude from Tennessee. We’re both here, and we both have our points of agreement and difference. There is zero union culture where I’m from, and I’d reckon my country went 90-plus percent for Trump. I’d assume the evangelical pull is much stronger here than where you live. Not saying you’re town isn’t populated with decent churchgoing folk, but there might be differences in how that going manifests itself in the seeing and doing.

      All that being said, you are likely encountering more protest voters than I am. I’m not dealing with people who voted for Obama last go. I’m dealing with people who don’t believe Obama is an American and don’t worry about climate change because even if it did exist (which it doesn’t) God is in control and the rapture will return us to our heavenly father before anything bad ever happens (to US). There’s even an undercurrent of belief that perhaps letting this chaos go unfettered will usher in the end of times.

      I’ve got a lot of theories as to what that is. But it does bring up another point. Even our local experiences don’t give us a complete picture. You and I are in different parts of “barbarian” land. I’d reckon real unemployment is 35%; 50% if you count underemployed people like my brother, sick on warehouse dust and joint ache without health insurance or full hours, even though he often reaches “full” hours. Meth has ravaged the place. We don’t have rusted out monoliths because there was never any industry to begin with apart from Eastman, which is still going strong and benefiting a neighboring county quite a lot. But there are still different world views, cultures, and beliefs shaping all of this.

      Truth be told, what you’re reading is probably a bit of my own southern pessimism that, ironically,to some degree has made Russia so compelling for me. One of the big things that I’ve thought about for years is the parallels between the cultures of resentment here (in the cultural South) and in Russia. I grew up thinking the same thing about Yankees that Russians think about Americans for a lot of the same reasons. And perhaps, even when writing about “optimistic” folk, as American folk (our folk) tend to be, my mountain folk roots and a bit of that Bundrenian world view is thrown in for good measure when i analyze things as I do.

      I guess what I was really resisting was the fact that I don’t like talking about my personal experiences that much, I keep it more theoretical, and here I am in a country town without sidewalks hearing how I’m out of touch. Don’t mean I ain’t wrong, but whatever I am touching, it’s American soil. But, you know, thanks for making me get more real. Still can’t figure out what the hell it is I’m trying to keep from people.

      And you ain’t wrong, I wouldn’t have written this about Hillary, but I wouldn’t have written it about Romney either. I also will admit that nearly a decade in the ex-soviet world has made me hyper-sensitive to any sign of institutional breakdown, and how similar Trump is to someone like Radovan Karadžić. Maybe i feel like, due to my time in Russia, I’m walking around a coal mine with a canary that’s acting kinda funny. But it might just be me. And I can accept that. Writing is just a way to get it out. But I promise you, I’m open to changing my mind, and do welcome your input. So that being said:

      Happy New Year to you!

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  5. “So here’s the thing that everyone who’s ‘seen behind the veil’ already knows: the intersubjective order governing all human interactions is based on myths. Once people stop believing in those myths, the order collapses.”

    Quite true, quite true. And certainly have some kind of romantic byronesque resonance the fact that often those who think are fighting against evil those who end up unwillingly bringing it in.

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