Check out this essay by William Hawes:
Something is happening here, but you don’t know what it is: Do you? No one knows, really, as this something is still evolving. As we look back to 2016, though, it is abundantly clear that history has awoken from its slumber. We’ve had a couple events in the West last year: Brexit and Trump.
Politically-charged, dynamic events (as Alain Badiou might define them) have been rare in the West since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the disintegration of the USSR. Capitalism made it seem as if neoliberalism was winning in the 1990s, even as the US wantonly murdered in Iraq and took perverse pleasure in helping to dismember Yugoslavia, among other things.
In fact, one could argue there have only been four notable Western political events in the post-Cold War era: the 9/11 attacks, the 2003 protests against the Iraq War, the 2008 banking crisis and following protest movements of 2011 (Occupy and 15-M Movement), and the populist, anger-driven aforementioned events of 2016.
You see, authentic, spontaneous political events (in the form of uprisings or popular revolts against the elite) are a no-no in the West. History is supposed to have ended, remember? Max Weber called this the Iron Cage, and for good reason.
Now, though, the meaninglessness and rootless of our lives trapped inside the cage have become too obvious to ignore, for most of us. As each day passes, our political discourse glosses over how lazy, ignorant, mean-spirited, and numb our society has become. We import luxuries from all over the globe, but can’t be bothered to cook or grow our own food, assemble our own electronics, expand renewable energy projects, provide clean water to inner cities, organize high-speed transport, or educate our youth without drowning them in debt, etc.
So, many have lashed out against the system, and our more vulnerable members of society, in anger, defiance, out of sheer ignorance. Could it be because, deep down, we know how helpless, sheltered, and out-of-touch our society is, compared to the rest of the world? What are the root causes of this disintegration of public discourse?
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The author is missing a vital fact, which goes something like this:
Over the past 25 years I have been closely watching and trying to categorize trends reported in the MSM. I did this as part of the research for my book No More Patriots.
One of the things I noticed was that while a given president was in the White House, the world view given to us by the MSM was remarkably similar from year to year, but when the presidency changed hands there was a STEP change in that world view. It was quite noticeable between the George W. Bush and Obama ad-Dajjal years, and now is SCREAMING at us from the Obama-Trump transition.
My contention is that the change is only as noticeable as it is BECAUSE the MSM points it out to us, and they do so almost as if it were an orchestrated effort by "the mighty Wurlitzer", as it once was called.
What does this imply for the current upheaval? That it is NOT inspired by popular recognition of "the meaninglessness and rootless of our lives", as suggested by the author, but instead forced into our consciousness by a MSM which serves the interests of the powers that be. Our newly found concern does not signal the awakening of anything good for We The People; to the contrary, it signals that we have once again been co-opted as tools for a political movement and/or economic which can only benefit the high and mighty.
As The Who once instructed us, "meet the new boss, same as the old boss". When will we ever learn?