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Myths of the old gods

Pretty much the entire Make America Great Again narrative is driven by the “American Way,” by a sense of exceptionalism and entitlement: We’re Americans, dammit and if we don’t have the highest standard of living in the world then heads are gonna roll! 

[Enter stage right, the orange billionaire, intent on “taking our country back” armed with his Tweets of Fire & Fury]

But #MAGA ain’t workin’ for us now, and in truth it never did. It was always just a myth with no real basis in reality. Here’s how one of my more degenerate friends, Don Draper, puts it:

 

Don Draper Advertising Happines America Billboard

Mad Men, Season 1, 2007

 

We have the old mythology, from the old gods, but what’s the new narrative? To me, that’s the real question. Can we transition to a better narrative, a mythology that doesn’t rest on advertising slogans and consumer capitalism?

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Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy; I pass the winters in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. I'm working on a memoir-based nonfiction book on the American Dream. I blog, quite frequently, and I also have a novel in process, set in Alaska.

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