Happy belated Thanksgiving / Happy Black Friday to my American friends, by the way. Hope you’re enjoying the holiday, and salty prog tears around your family dinner tables. 😉
In thinking about the recent American election results, I got to thinking of the old argument in historian circles over the Great Man view of history versus social forces.
Must we even frame it as one or the other?
Why can’t it be both, that drive history?
I submit that in the case of the Donald, it was both.
Yes, Trump is a walking ego with a larger than life persona who set out to achieve the improbable and did it.
But what he did was win an election, which requires millions to vote the same way.
And so they did, in spite of everyone telling them not to – the media, the entertainment industry, academia, politicians, Christian leaders, etc.
I submit that while Great Men make history, so do movements. Not sure, in terms of elections, that the two can be untangled from each other.