|I've been reading the many articles and opinion pieces concerning the unexpected Donald Trump election win. Some themes do seem to be emerging.
It's one thing to be opposing the current (Democratic) administration. It is quite another to actually have to govern. This may bring sobriety to a lot of rhetoric.
Many if not most of the people who voted for Trump were not racist, or biased in other ways, but were voting for change, as often happens after any political administration.
If this is a crisis, this means danger and opportunity.
In terms of educational philosophy, innovative education may actually have an opportunity in this new climate.
Here are a few of the reactions to the Trump win that may be of interest to AERO readers:
Even though I predicted a Trump victory in the election a few months ago, I was still pretty shocked when the results came in. My prediction wasn't based on any political calculations. I explained it in a speech I gave in Britain. "I think Trump will win," I said, "for reasons of dramatic aesthetics. If you were the playwright of American history, what more fitting next chapter could there be than Donald Trump?""
From Michael Mendizza (about Jerry Mander)
The next president was predicated in 1978 in Jerry Mander's The Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television. In our conversation below Jerry described how Form is Contentand why our 45th President Elect did not simply fall out of the sky. He was created by the carefully crafted forms that shape corporate media, the most powerful propaganda enterprise on earth, and how this form shapes the content of our consciousness, what we believe and feel. Fundamental changes in the nature and structure of this form gave rise to the content we experience and that defined the next president
Read the whole essay here.
From Harald Maffucci:
We, Democrats/Progressives, are in that situation now. We got clobbered - really clobbered. Now is no the time to panic. Most likely, it will be bad for our base beliefs and policy positions in the short-term. The winners have to govern. It is easy to be "the resistance" as some call it, harder to govern. Maybe, their ideas and policy positions will work. Many have not in the past. If not, we need to be ready to pick-up the pieces. ..."
Read the whole blog here.
From Alan Singer:
Donald Trump is impulsive and irresponsible, but not ideological on most issues. The goal of "opposition" should be to prevent permanent damage to the environment, Constitutional Rights, especially for minorities and women, the economy, and global alliances. This will not be an easy task, especially because.....
Read the whole blog here.