What follows is a tiny bit long and I did not write it. But, it is too stimulating and thought-provoking not to try to share with a slightly wider audience. It reflects on the vital question of what happens to the angst, unrest, anger, and violence Donald Trump has tapped into, after Donald Trump disappears from the US political landscape after 8 November 2016.

It originally appeared on my Facebook page in response to an article I posted from the Globe and Mail by Margaret Wente. The original article can be viewed here:


The article elicited the following response from, regular IASP commenter, Lindsay Baigent. Here, with Lindsay’s response are here reflections on Trumpism:

It saddens me a bit that this phenomenon is being labelled Trumpism. To attach it to Trump is to associate it with a single, misaligned individual who doesn’t really represent what is happening with these people, and what has been inevitable for a long time now – with dependency on corporations and corporate wealth increasingly taking livelihoods out of the hands of the people… a long time i.e.. before Trump even entered the main stage. To label it as Trumpism seems to make it easier for us to put blindfolds on, to dismiss and ignore what is happening, rather than taking a good, hard look around to figure out what, if anything, can be done about it – It would be nice if it could be done in a more healthy, positive and constructive way.

But, we can’t solve a problem unless we listen to what the people are saying – and not saying, willing to recognize and acknowledge there is a problem, willing to take the time to identify the root cause of the problem. Recognizing and identifying the problem and giving it some sense of urgency often seems to take 80% of the effort needed from everyone to work together to resolve the problem. That’s kinda just my rule of thumb …

Ironic that someone like Trump whom I’d think might be more of a meme for the 1% elite and rampant capitalism is represented as a leader and hero of the white male working class. And all the while this large scale and inevitable backlash to huge social and economic change brought about by rampant capitalism, globalization and advances in technology – isn’t being addressed. Perhaps it is because at the moment Trump is the only one to stand up and say “I see you” – “I hear your concerns”.

It seems like maybe everyone else would rather just ignore this group and hope they’ll simply go away. But this group of people are not simply going to fade away. At least not until they are seen and acknowledged and heard.

This somewhat still influential white male, gun-happy, working class with a certain sense of entitlement and nostalgia for by-gone jobs and better living standards – are likely to become more vocal, and yes, even more violent as they search for someone, anyone, to blame (people of different cultures and race, immigrants, women, government). And they are searching for someone – anyone, even Trump – who is willing to be their voice. And they are searching for meaning and acceptance in their loss. And it is a loss.

Surely there has to be some kind of large scale grieving process before we can all move on together? And who might lead such a movement? Not Clinton and not Trump? And not the politically correct crowd nor the more fundamentalist churches in their current form? How can anyone help these people navigate to a new vision of life and what a meaningful life looks like?

Isn’t it that in the olden days kings and politicians would create wars which partly also served to keep young men engaged, loyal, patriotic and employed? But even war doesn’t need as many foot soldiers nowadays. And at the end of the day people still need to put food on their tables. A welfare state (funded by corporations) might help to some extent, but even this isn’t ideal. Patching up infrastructure and cleaning up the environment … seems like a more useful occupation – come to think of it … But needs strong government intervention … cos, let’s face it – corporations are only going to pay for something like this if it gives them some kind of financial or leading edge – to improve their bottom line …

I can’t believe I’m saying this – but maybe we do need stronger governments to take a lead in this … at least until something better comes along … ? Or maybe at the end of the day, it’ll do as it usually does – fall on the women – their women who will have to help them get through this … mothers, wives, girlfriends, daughters … Hopefully not in a role of subservient 50’s Stepford-like-wives nor with militant feminism (aka Madeleine Albright), but something else … something we haven’t seen for a long time … In the meantime it falls on the unlikely Trump – who all signs indicate only has his own ambition and his own interests at heart, and will sell them out at the next turn of the cog.

Okay, Christopher … this is my rant for the day … you know I’ve a soft spot for these guys – I can’t help it