Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Donald Trump and Les Deplorables
I love the musical Les Miserables. I love the songs, and the way the characters celebrate revolution.
Even if it ends badly.
Because I believe that only a revolution can save us and the world we live in.
But Donald Trump has a version of Les Miserables called Les Deplorables...
And it's an absolute nightmare.
And the reason it's a nightmare is because the movement Trump has created combines the legitimate desire for change, with an appeal to the darkest instincts of humanity.
And while every alt-right kook, every far-right racist party or neo-nazi group from Hungary, to France, to Britain and America, makes an appearance in that video.
They are portrayed as a liberating force, and real revolutionaries.
When that video really should be called "Can You Hear the Fascists Singing?"
But not all of Trump's supporters are fascists, many are just so desperate for any kind of change, they'll believe anything, or anyone...
And the challenge for progressives is to build a giant revolutionary movement that can offer the real change so many in the world want, and the hope they so desperately crave.
Because without hope there is only darkness, demagogues, and dictators...
Which is why I prefer my video version of the song "Can you hear the people singing?"
Which I made to pay tribute to the kids of the Umbrella Revolution...
Because that was a progressive revolution, and a light in the darkness.
And in North America at least so is this one...
And that revolution is only beginning.
Trump and his deplorables would only lead us to fascism and the end of everything.
Only progressives can offer real change and hope.
And only progressives can save the world...