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:
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?