Sunday, July 10, 2016

Trump's Revolution?

     "The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all."       John F. Kennedy

     14 million Trump supporters could potentially inflict a Cultural Revolution on the US. The rest of the world cannot escape the fallout.

     “… Inner Mongolia was not spared the excesses of the disastrous (Chinese) Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), when the nation was on war footing, arrayed against domestic enemies of the state and international enemies of the nation, real and imagined. The ‘four olds’ (old thought, old culture, old customs, and old practices) were under attack, targeting, in particular, ideologically ‘backward’ members of superstitious** and conservative rural societies. When they weren’t working to bring down important political, military, and cultural figures, Red Guard factions spent their time tormenting ordinary citizens. Military organizational schemes replaced traditional tribal order, military terminology was in vogue, and military commanders, competent or not, were placed in charge of production activities. … it was an onerous time for people whose lives were centered on respecting the ways and superstitions** of their ancestors.”

       Jiang Rong. “Wolf Totem.” Penguin Books, 2004.

** superstition - the pejorative materialistic societies use for wisdom traditions, particularly Native Spirituality

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