Friday, May 27, 2016

I used to be a backwards hillbilly but now I'm okay.

This article in the Financial Times - The Boy who Escaped Trump Country - is almost a tick-box exercise in ‘liberal’ prejudice. I have that in inverted commas because those who claim that title today are amongst the most illiberal and most authoritarian types you can meet. Starting with Ulster and Scotland it centres on Buchanan County in western Virginia, where 70% of people recently voted for the despised Donald Trump. I don’t like Trump, but underlying his success is a deep malaise in American society, which he has given vent to. The aloof tone in the article is typical. But no other people group in the world would be allowed to be repeatedly treated and written about in this way.