Hi again, Marion
3. Whether Trump can (or will even try) do anything for his supporters is a separate issue from why they flock to him.
Their attachment springs from a growing sense of a reality few discuss. Modern Western governments don’t need Westerners nearly as much as they used to. Governing elites rely increasingly on automation, migrants, labour in unfree countries, and temporary foreign workers to get things done. The average North American is increasingly likely to be more an expense than a source of income to government, over a lifetime.
It’s worth stopping to note here that “helping professionals” paid by government can be classed, for these purposes, with the dependents they serve. So can much of the current justice system. The class, taken as a whole, is much larger than we often realize.
Elites can also insulate themselves from the bad outcomes they inflict on others.
Huxley understood that the inhabitants of the new order of things would be better described as “doles” than “proles,” and that rebellion was increasingly unlikely as they accepted their role.
Essentially, what is happening is that both Orwell (1984) and Huxley (Brave New World) got part of the story right and part wrong. Orwell got the growing authoritarianism and surveillance right, but he assumed that the government needed “proles” to work. Huxley understood that the inhabitants of the new order of things would be better described as “doles” than “proles,” and that rebellion was increasingly unlikely as they accepted their role.
It is becoming clear that the doles are not going to be citizens in any meaningful sense. To the extent that a country like the United States is still governed constitutionally as a representative democracy, they do have one thing that is of value, their vote. Of course, permitting undocumented migrants to vote in large numbers will remove that advantage from them. And encouraging migrancy will reduce their opportunity to shape the society they live in. Social planners will increasingly determine such things, right down to the salt laws.
So what really are the voters’ choices?
Next: Donald Trump, downtown, n’ me III
See also: Donald Trump, downtown, n’ me Part I
US Election 2016: Were all the wise men wrong? Yes, and why they were wrong is what matters. Firing individuals won’t help.