To steal a quote I used after the earthquakes:
"It's not the end of the world, but you can see it from here."
Hyperbole aside, their's a fair amount to unpack with this Trump victory.
Firstly, I don't think it's the end of the world. Jon Stewart remarked a while back that he believed America was stronger than any one man, at the time he meant to defend against the oppositions implication that Obama would ruin america, but equally the remarks apply to Trump's opposition (and so I guess we'll get to see whether he was right).
Secondly, I feel this victory is indicative of a trend in the western world towards nativism, a recession from globalization because we perceive it as having failed us. A perception influenced by the failure of Greece, the shrinking of blue-collar / middle class jobs, the increase in wealth at the highest levels of society, and by (social-)media zeitgeist's (e.g. the argument's against TPPA/TTIP while having some merit, make's it easy to jump from "TPPA is bad" to "globalization is bad" as globalization is the primary purpose of trade agreements).
So to those of you reading this, I urge you to re-evaluate your beliefs with careful consideration for your aspirations for the world and with regards to the agenda of those informing you, be they politicians or reporters (keep in mind almost everything you read is propaganda, whether it's factual or not).
Thirdly, I believe the Trump victory is the first strong indicator we've had that the fall of the American empire has begun.
I don't mean the fall of the US as a nation, but as a super-power with global influence.
Say what you will about Obama, but he a was fairly competent and savvy politician. He was aware of China's growing influence and power, and attempted to curb it with his economic policies and the various trade agreements (TTIP/TPPA were designed from the outset to exclude China, in order to curb China's economic influence).
Trump on the other hand, has run his entire platform on the notion that he is not a politician (and therefore trustworthy). But his lack of political experience will be absolutely crippling on the world stage, keep in mind that Putin was able to out-maneuver Obama, who is a reasonably savvy politician. To think Trump can go toe-to-toe with other world leaders is laughable.
And Lastly, this victory shows just how wide the gap between the political class and the people of the USA has grown. Just weeks before the election most prominent republicans pulled support for Trump on the back of his "grab 'em by the pussy" remarks, and the Democrats' oppose him for obvious reasons, yet despite having little political backing he still won the election. This certainly indicates that much of the political class in America no longer represent the views of the people.
On a more positive note, we do have a few things to look forward to:
- We get to watch that whole "build a wall" farce actually play out.
- Trump's inevitable impeachment (because it's only a matter of time until he does something that warrants it, if he hasn't already).
- The odd's of actual fisty-cuffs between world leaders are significantly higher than they were yesterday.
(I've attached Charlie Chaplin's speech from "The Great Dictator" (which is 76 years old!), because it's reflective of my aspirations for the world).