An astonishingly prescient quote about Donald Trump from 1997
The other day, a friend of mine sent me a quote from an article that was making some rounds on Twitter.
It's from a New York Review of Books review from May of this year, about Donald Trump's campaign book Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again.
In the review, the author mentions that in 1997, philosopher Richard Rorty made this observation about the institutionalized democracies:
Citing evidence from “many writers on socioeconomic policy,” Rorty suggested that
members of labor unions, and unorganized unskilled workers, will sooner or later realize that their government is not even trying to prevent wages from sinking or to prevent jobs from being exported. Around the same time, they will realize that suburban white-collar workers—themselves desperately afraid of being downsized—are not going to let themselves be taxed to provide social benefits for anyone else.
At that point, something will crack. The nonsuburban electorate will decide that the system has failed and start looking around for a strongman to vote for—someone willing to assure them that, once he is elected, the smug bureaucrats, tricky lawyers, overpaid bond salesmen, and postmodernist professors will no longer be calling the shots….
One thing that is very likely to happen is that the gains made in the past forty years by black and brown Americans, and by homosexuals, will be wiped out. Jocular contempt for women will come back into fashion…. All the resentment which badly educated Americans feel about having their manners dictated to them by college graduates will find an outlet.6
Very startlingly prescient, given what is happening in our country this past week. Looks like we still have more to think about as a country in the days and months ahead.