Kafka’s diary entry for Sunday August 2nd 1914 was “German has declared war on Russia.– Swimming in the afternoon.” It is echoed in the reaction of Joseph K. to his arrest in The Trial, “Of course I’m surprised, but by no means greatly surprised”.
I don’t use this blog to write about politics, nor do I intend to seek meaning in the unfolding of Trump’s victory, or the devastating British referendum earlier this year. We must all respond individually to the cultural and political framework imposed on us. Like Kafka, I’m surprised, but by no means greatly surprised.
This year is a triumph of the narcissistic selfishness of the social elite and mediocre political and journalistic establishment. In the UK and US, we are now in the hands of a feudal elite intent on evolving the failed neoliberal experiment into a form a government corporation. Both administration’s yearning for rebirth and regeneration, combined with a cynical contempt for social values, are evidence of fascism.
America has voted in Donald Trump.–Reading in the afternoon.