Postmodernism is , as I was taught in my second-year lit course , something we aspire to become through the non -acceptance of modern ideology. The Britannica dictionary gives a more thorough meaning. I tend to think of a theory that is already there and waiting to be defined when there is enough cynicism with most of what we define as being part of the establishment .
It has been an eventful November so far . We only need to look at the weather and its consistent inconsistency to see change is really upon us . We have come to realize this with the advent of populism . Yes , the plight of the working class , the so-called huddled masses, has finally come to the fore . They don’t care about the environment . Recycling won’t help them put food on the table . The climate may be changing , but that is secondary to the power of the only democratic thing out there —the ballot . The people kicked out the establishment when they voted in Donald Trump .
There has never been so much civil defiance as far as I can remember . The pollsters were wrong. So were the media . So were , most importantly , the establishment and the elite . You know , that Wall Street bunch with Maseratis and secret offshore hedge funds . We have overcome because they didn’t get their candidate in . In fact , Trump is the ultimate anti -candidate , which is what makes it such a coup . He talks like us . He thinks like we do , privately . He even look like my Uncle George with an ill -fitting ugly cap worn with a suit and ugly tie . He is the emblem of middle America and the one to empower the poor . He is the one who overcame all odds and won . For the everyman. Like the bully we live vicariously through , Donald Trump is the one who was able to defeat the Republican establishment and be heard over the corrupt musings of the Clinton clan . And as for his comments , what else could he have said ? The goal was to win . You bring in the wounded to your party and rebuild their dignity . It is the only way to empower the huddled masses .
Do we need more proof ? Yes , first Britain experienced postmodernism with Brexit and now the USA with Trump . This is possibly the way to epiphany and atonement that we’ve longed for since my first anarchist thought . Since my first Bukowski poem . Since my first Lit course . Since I realized democracy was still a theory . Since I saw how much worse public schools were . Like Trump says “what have you got to lose? “ And truth be told , there’s nothing much to lose . Is there ? When you look at it from a broad spectrum ?
I woke up this morning in the fog of autumn . The fire escape is for the huddled masses who will continue to live in such places . But Trump won . It was what needed to happen . It is the only way out.