Nearly a month after Donald Trump’s shock election win, it is remarkable to read this prophecy from 1998 about the strongman America might elect.
Richard Rorty, the late left-wing philosopher, wrote the following in his 1998 book ‘Achieving Our Country’:
“The nonsuburban electorate will decide that the system has failed and start looking around for a strongman to vote for – someone willing to assure them that, once he is elected, the smug bureaucrats, tricky lawyers, overpaid bond salesmen, and postmodernist professors will no longer be calling the shots…One thing that is very likely to happen is that the gains made in the past forty years by black and brown Americans, and by homosexuals, will be wiped out. Jocular contempt for women will come back into fashion… All the resentment which badly educated Americans feel about having their manners dictated to them by college graduates will find an outlet.”
Clearly, the experts do know something.