Blog #91: Explaining the Election – preliminary

Peter Marcuse's Blog

Explaining the election (in parentheses: to pursue):

  1. A critical shift in the organization of the economy post 1968, from industrial to hi-tech capitalism (occupational structures?).
  2. Leaving many dependent on the old economy hurt and at a loss, largely the white working class, hold-over racism and sexism accentuated as scapegoats. (foreclosures, evictions, bankruptcies, struggling suburban homeowners – not the really poor, homeless)
  3. They reacted with anxiety and an emotional attachment to the past Deep Story (their traditional identity?).
  4. They blamed, quite rightly, “the” establishment, although not clear as to its membership, pushed by media etc. to blame “government” (social media, TV, not press?)
  5. Trump as politician picked up on this, despite his own membership in the new establishment (motivation? pathological egotism? Business).
  6. The anxious white ex-working class built up a deep story, a vision, abetted by Trump and the media that was heavily emotional (shaping identities?)
  7. That story, built on real…

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