June 28, 2018
AMLO promising like BO?
Back in 2008, we were all amazed at the Obama impact on crowds. I remember an article by Fouad Ajami where he warned us about the crowds: There is something odd – and dare I say novel – in American politics about the crowds that have been greeting Barack Obama on his campaign trail. Hitherto, crowds have not been a prominent feature of American politics. We associate them with the temper of Third World societies. We think of places like Argentina and Egypt and Iran, of multitudes brought together by their zeal for a Peron or a Nasser or a Khomeini. In these kinds of societies, the crowd comes forth to affirm its faith in a redeemer: a man who would set the world right[.] ... The political genius of the man is that he is a blank slate. The devotees can project onto him what they wish. ... The day after, the crowd will of course discover its own fissures. The affluent...(Read Full Post)