It’s a perfect storm. Watching reruns of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and South Park from years ago has asserted the impression that the socio-economic challenges of immigration policy, cultural differences, fiscal inequality and geopolitical challenges of national security and foreign policy have come to haunt us. Those who’ve been in the center of these challenges are everyday people who along the way have lost faith in their leadership. What is most striking is that this is not only an American problem. European leadership has come eye-to-eye with an angry mob who is ready to vote anything out of the ordinary to just make a point. Quickly after Brexit, world leaders have raised the question: how do we make a globalized world fair to everyone?
There is a lot of anger out there. Anger directed at the financial institutions, directed at the political elite. There is anger against fellow citizens and foreigners, too. “We’re going to make America great again!” “Feel the Bern!” What do these chants mean?
The US elections have in contemporary history not been so tense. There does not a day go by that something happens that changes everything, very much in stark contrast to the 2012 and 2008 election years. The difference may lie in its contenders, or the changed media landscape. However, to my mind, the biggest difference with 2016 lies in its use of emotions.
Part 2 of White and Red will not only cover the US presidential election. A bigger theme of conflict speaks to the more general trend that can be observed: people, left and right, smell blood. I will get into the financial crisis of 2007 / 2008. I will get into the rise of terrorist attacks in the United States Europe. I will get into the prospect of the Netherlands leaving the European Union.
White and Red started in 2012 as a blog for releasing articles that related to conflict in human affairs. Conflict is as inherent to humanity as tranquility and peace, and is the result of dissatisfaction and yearning. When world affairs are not coherent to one’s perception of reality, the need for conflict arises. When we are witness to crafted injustice for the purpose of individual enrichment at the expend of others, conflict arises.
Humanity is about war and humanity is about peace. Humanity has a state of anger and bloodlust, but humanity also knows a peaceful state of mind. Both exist and both can not exist without the other. We are bound to these two colors in our personal lifes and in world affairs.