This is where I disagree with my friends on HH about Donald Trump. Maybe because I’m a cynic at heart, maybe because I don’t trust “Great” sales pitches.
Or maybe, because I lived through part of the “Great Cultural Revolution”, which gives me some perspective to call BS.
Here on HH, I have previously written about the Cultural Revolution, its good and its bad. I have an ambivalent feeling about CR. The worst of it was the self-destructive hate that it unleashed upon the Chinese people. How it held back China. How it wasted the youths of an entire generation. The ONLY good that came out of it, was the destruction of Chinese irrational faith in political systems and cult of leadership. Populism was rife through the Cultural Revolution, but it was ultimately its own undoing.
I have no love for the Democrats or the Republicans, both so reliant upon the ideologies of Western Imperialism as their go to strategy.
But I have no desire to see anyone go through a “Great Cultural Revolution” under the Great Leader Donald Trump and his dynastic spawns of multiple concubines.
Is this Trump’s “Great Cultural Revolution”? At least 1 Trump Supporter thought so: https://resurgencemedia.net/2016/10/30/the-donald-trump-movement-is-a-cultural-revolution-a-true-revival-of-what-made-america-great/amp/
You may say that I’m overly alarmist about it. And you may be right.
Indeed, I’m not entirely sure that Trump is capable enough to pull off a “Great Cultural Revolution” in US. But I have predicted here in HH before, a “Western Cultural Revolution” is coming, that much is inevitable, because it is evident that the West is going through increased crisis of its cultural divides.
Many waves of populism are pounding the various shores of the Western nations.
Trump, like many other leaders, may just be the symptoms of the “Western Cultural Revolution”.
Indeed, Mao was just an instigator and symptom of the Cultural Revolution.
Like Mao, Trump doesn’t have to do anything to trigger it. He is merely the symbol to which others follow.
Today, he’s blasting the Press. Not exactly a purge, because he doesn’t have the power to curtail the press. But Mao didn’t exactly have the power to remove CCP members either back in 1966 (50 years ago). Mao just had plenty of willing stupid boys who intimidated Mao’s enemies into submission.
It is no conspiracy. It is simply how Populism in a political revolution works. Populism is stupid and irrational. It exists to defy rules and laws. It exists because the stupid and the irrational want to be “equal” to the rational and the open-minded. (and by “equal”, I mean “more equal”, without being subject to debates of facts).
The problem is, the stupid doesn’t like rules or logic of rules, which require considerable amount of rational thinking. The stupid just want to be “right” all the time, without the need to justify itself.
How then does the stupid populist like Trump justify? By louder voices, yelling, shouting, robo-tweeting. Numbers, even if fake numbers, is better than logic and facts.
That was the basis of the Cultural Revolution.
If you thought Mao could eventually come to his senses? But you forget, Mao wasn’t in charge, not really, nor will Trump be. They are merely symbols. The movement doesn’t care what the symbols actually think. The stupid populism marches to its own justifications of “right all the time, without facts”.
- China’s Cultural Revolution was luckily not more devastating. Same might be in store for the West.