Making America Great Again?
Reflexivity and Optimism in times of Social Fragmentation
Making America Great Again?
How Can America Become Great Again?
By Craig Bridges / filmsforaction.org
Nov 9, 2016

By voting for “leaders” we ensure we are controlled. Democracy is a myth; we live in a plutocracy. Public interest is always secondary to financial interests; the capitalist system allows for control and manipulation in all spheres of life, including the political which is simply a stage for it to act.

People need to be controlled, we are uneducated, irrational and egoistic in times of tension and change. Nonetheless, it is how we are controlled and how we respond to such tension and change that matters significantly.

Trump a Catastrophe or a Challenge?

As a protest vote to neoliberalism and the establishment perhaps a reflexive approach is needed and should have been offered. Unfortunately, he became the necessary tactical option with the dissatisfied voters, in a two-party system. Once again capitalism and corporate interests ensured the stage was set. They sat amongst us with their blindfolds off, as we played the game with ours on. For Americans, I would have preferred a continued neoliberal regime. Despite its dissatisfactions it would no doubt remain relatively stable and unchallenged in its term.

Nonetheless, can America see this as an optimistic challenge?

It may be the best option for change if approached in a constructive and reflexive way. The fascist, racist ideology which Trump personifies can be repressed by true liberal values and collective action within all groups in society. Opportunities may be dealt with in the face of challenges and if we understand this we can evolve our human capacity to deal with social problems.

To end on a reflexive note: The fact we continue to vote for “leaders”, says a lot about the public and “democracy”; maybe it’s the public that sucks, not the politicians! So, next time wherever you are; keep your vote if you want change.

- Wishing everyone in America the best as they reflect and re-build both socially and politically. 

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