I recently read Naomi Klein’s No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need and found it an interesting book that (in my opinion) doesn’t go far enough. Yes, some may claim there’s a problem and Klein does a dynamite job detailing what that problem is.
Where are the actionable solutions? Where are step by step plans for solutions? Where shall we look for solutions?
What’s really missing is a recognition that Trump’s getting the White House can’t be a surprise. In a YouTube culture where the ultimate achievement is eventing yourself, he’s the King. There’s a great exchange (one of many, really) in the movie Gladiator between Lucilla and Maximus. She tells him his gladiatorial skills give him power in Rome. He replies, “The power only to cause a mob.”
She answers, “That is power. The mob is Rome.”
Flash forward to modern America. The mob, the masses, won’t do much about Trump as President because he’s entertaining and modern America, more than it wants to be governed, wants to be entertained. Supposedly Bill Murray said “So, if we lie to the government, it’s a felony. But if they lie to us its politics.” (he didn’t really. It’s just so much better when we think he did) and that so fits people’s expectations of government in modern America (my opinion, that).
I mean, aren’t we all wondering, every time we read or hear or see yet another completely inane presidential tweet, if we as a nation are on Candid Camera?