Now and the future
So, Trump has been trumped. Let’s all join in the jubilation of the moment – forget viruses and the cranky old climate. But… in the long run... I think we should fairly soon get it clear that a fading super-power is going to be unstable, unpredictable and dangerous.
It really is likely that Trump was not an aberration but an overture. The hope is that Biden is perhaps a final moment of steady diplomacy when he can make friends with Russia and China, and maybe form a threesome, a supra-United Nations. But I don’t think Biden will consider it, or could get it through even if he could consider it.
What a pity that 50 years ago the US did not form a federation with Canada, Mexico and all the Latin American and Caribbean countries. Then it could truly call itself the united states of America. Represent a really force for federal colleagueship amongst nations, a downgrading of hyper-nationalism.
Those committed to the idea of psychodynamic thinking will know that the human unconscious is not a democracy. At worst it is an internal mafia gang, and at its least worst it is full of Oedipal conflicts, exclusion and murder. And it exerts great influence over the world of consciousness and reasoning. This is the crisis of democracy, and we need to rethink the whole conception which has become a meaningless cypher, used mostly in the ‘I’m-good-they’re-guilty’ game.
But also, at its best, the unconscious is a hotbed of generative creativity. How can we mobilise that against all the Trump-trends?