by Ray Jason
|A great sea gypsy family|
During the shrill cacophony of the U.S. election campaign, many friends and strangers asked me why I did not comment on it. The reason is because I try to observe the world as a philosopher - and not as a pundit. My belief is that pundits assess the short-term flux of events, whereas philosophers examine the long-term trends and consequences.
Here are some of my conclusions. Intriguingly, they might provide some comfort to both camps – those devastated by the results and those delighted by them. The Clintonistas might recall that when Obama was elected, the Right was quite certain that the world would end. But, indeed, it did not end – although it also did not improve. So even though you fear that Trump will bludgeon the planet off its very axis, this is not likely to occur.
As for the Trumpians, you might take heart in the knowledge that even though the goals of the victors are almost never realized once in office, the fact that your triumph was a referendum against the Establishment, makes it a far more potent force. But you will need to remain vigilant, or your dream of Making America Great Again will go down in flames like Hope and Change.