The panicked reactions to Trump’s installation in the White House show just how out-of-touch, uninformed and ignorant most people are in what passes for the “left” in US politics. Thanks, Corporate Media and Facebook! Unfortunately, each day that their narrow outlook guides them is another day when they will not be contributing to the real work that needs to happen. At best, they are useless but at worst they are standing in the way of the radical change that is essential in the world today.
I want to say: It’s not the end of the world, folks. And despite what the scientists at the Doomsday Clock claim, in setting the time 30 seconds closer to midnight after Trump’s inauguration, I don’t think we’re any nearer than we would’ve been if Hillary had set up shop at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue instead. In fact, given her proven bellicosity and his relative stand-offishness (at least in word on the campaign trail), one could argue that we’re farther away.
Not that I’m saying we’re safe. Certainly not. The current trajectory of human events threatens all life on the planet, by way of nuclear disaster or climate catastrophe. It is plausibly claimed (by Guy McPherson, for example) that it’s already too late, and that the human race will be extinct in less than a decade. Regardless, the identity of the resident of the White House is small potatoes in this big picture, and always has been.