Twilight Zone Trump

Politics today frequently makes me think I’m in the Twilight Zone. The words were made famous by a television anthology series that I loved in the 1960s and continue to re-watch today (on DVD). It dealt with bizarre and fantastic themes, often in a social realist setting and with a twist at the end.

Rod Serling, the show’s creator and main writer, was a small ‘l’ liberal. He was progressive on some key issues in the 1950s and 1960s, such as civil liberties and opposition to racism, and opposition to the US war in Vietnam. I’ve read a few biographies about him and he was an internationalist, cosmopolitan, opponent of tyrants and supporter of basic democracy: all values that Trump opposes. Serling would be in the globalist camp today.

This meme is too good not to share…

Serling on Trump meme

 

4 thoughts on “Twilight Zone Trump

  1. Yes the ascendancy of Trump into the White House has been interesting. The shock/horror of the chattering classes,aka the Left, when he beat Hillary Clinton was fun to watch. It’s been intriguing watching people claiming to be Left/progressive/radical, whatever the term is now, run in horror at Trump winning. The status quo is falling away to the horror of them

    Trump’s victory has certainly produced changes to the world around him(us). To see politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez having a presence,is something that would not have happened under a Clinton presidency. Trump’s presidency has helped create this situation. The conflicts with neighbours,allies, as he breaks away from the Neo-Liberal consensus to take the US, where only he knows,is intriguing .

    Trump’s rise to power is an interregnum, as the hegemony of Neo-liberalism is under assault. A return to protectionism, declining growth loss of faith in political/civil institutions, but with No Left, what we’re seeing is uncertainty and disorder. A new system isn’t yet born, so the Trump presidency is indicative of strange things happening.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s