Caldwell on Trump

Paleo Retiree writes:

From a terrific piece by Christopher Caldwell:

In our time, as in Jackson’s, the ruling classes claim a monopoly not just on the economy and society but also on the legitimate authority to regulate and restrain it, and even on the language in which such matters are discussed. Elites have full-spectrum dominance of a whole semiotic system. What has just happened in American politics is outside of the system of meanings elites usually rely upon. Mike Pence’s neighbors on Tennyson Street not only cannot accept their election loss; they cannot fathom it. They are reaching for their old prerogatives in much the way that recent amputees are said to feel an urge to scratch itches on limbs that are no longer there. Their instincts tell them to disbelieve what they rationally know. Their arguments have focused not on the new administration’s policies or its competence but on its very legitimacy.

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Onetime media flunky and movie buff and very glad to have left that mess behind. Formerly Michael Blowhard of the cultureblog Now a rootless parasite and bon vivant on a quest to find the perfectly-crafted artisanal cocktail.
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4 Responses to Caldwell on Trump

  1. plwinkler says:

    Donald Trump is part of the elite of the super rich. Without the right amount of wealth, you control nothing.


  2. JV says:

    Yeah I find it really hard to square the populist narrative of Trump’s victory with the reality of Trump’s social and business circles. He’s not cultural elite by any means, and I suppose that’s where the narrative makes sense. But it’s truly silly to overlook his place in the financial elite just because he talks simply. But whatever, people are gonna think what they think.


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