American women writers on Trump's election: "There is an old phrase often credited to the American demagogue Huey Long, but which was actually written by an obscure American professor: “When fascism comes to America, they will call it Americanism.” It has come, and it has come by public vote. I am convinced that we are witnessing the politics of humiliation. People who grew up with a powerful sense of white, masculine privilege (as well as others who sympathise with that image of power), people for whom that sense of superiority was always precarious and always needed protection, found in Donald Trump a figure for their own fantasy of the restoration of an era now gone." — Siri Hustvedt
This is what I’ve tried to articulate to myself and to you, but I simply don’t have the knowledge or the vocabulary or the understanding of American politics yet; at the same time, on the gut level this is what I felt, and now I know how to say it, now I know how to explain to people who tell me, "But women voted for him!" why women did that. This is precisely what has happened with the collapse of the Soviet Union when thousands (mostly retired women) took to the streets demanding Stalin's regime be back and "forgetting" that he has wiped out millions of people and devastated every single family: everyone had lost a relative to either famine or war or the concentration camps. They wanted the dream back, the dream that has never existed.
More thoughts here, from Joyce Carol Oates and others.
Maybe I should write a blog post about this...the similarities are striking.