The Future According to Trump
By Tom Engelhardt
Can you doubt that we’re in a dystopian age, even if we’re still four
weeks from Donald Trump entering the Oval Office? Never in our
lifetimes have we experienced such vivid previews of what unfettered
capitalism is likely to mean in an ever more unequal country, now that its version of 1% politics
has elevated to the pinnacle of power a bizarre billionaire and his
“basket of deplorables.” I’m referring, of course, not to his followers
but to his picks for the highest posts in the land. These include a
series of generals ready to lead us into a new set of crusades and a crew of billionaires and multimillionaires prepared to make America theirs again.
It’s already a stunningly depressing moment -- and it hasn’t even
begun. At the very least, it calls upon the rest of us to rise to the
occasion. That means mustering a dystopian imagination that matches the
era to come.
I have no doubt that you’re as capable as I am of creating bleak
scenarios for the future of this country (not to speak of the planet).
But just to get the ball rolling on the eve of the holidays, let me
offer you a couple of my own dystopian fantasies, focused on the
potential actions of President Donald Trump.
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