My father-in-law grew up eating blood soup. He hated it, whether because of the taste or the humiliation, I never knew. His alcoholic father regularly drank up the family wage, and the family was often short on food money. They were evicted from apartment after apartment.
Far larger in number than the vote for either candidate are the 99 million eligible voters who abstained from the 2016 election or voted for a third party. This is a measure of social discontent and not of apathy. In other words, while Clinton and Trump received the vote of 26.6 and 25.9 percent of eligible voters, 43.2 percent chose neither.
Leonard Cohen has died. He was 82.
“There is great chaos under heaven – the situation is excellent.”
Don’t get too caught up in the teeth-gnashing lamentations of mainline Democrats. The election of Trump is, among other things, a rejection of the neoliberal consensus that has dominated the thinking of political elites for 40 years.