Trump and the Trick­ster Archetype

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

A riv­et­ing ex­am­i­na­tion of the con­nec­tions be­tween con­tem­po­rary dem­a­gogue fig­ures and their mythic equiv­a­lents, cru­cially placed within the his­tor­i­cal process thereby su­tur­ing such di­chotomies as our so­ci­eties have al­lowed to fes­ter such as ‘re­al­ity’ ver­sus myth, re­al­ity ver­sus imag­i­na­tion etc. In­ter­est­ingly, we have had our own fig­ures of this na­ture in the Caribbean as well who war­rant fur­ther study, and this form of crit­i­cal anal­y­sis is ap­po­site in un­der­stand­ing such fig­ures. The most glar­ing ex­am­ple of course would be the Du­va­lier years in Haiti, in which such a con­nec­tion as is made here was in­car­nate. Papa Doc, im­per­son­ated in dress and speech, Baron Samedi, and his hench­men, known as the Ton­ton Mak­out, bore like­ness in dress to a bo­gey­man fig­ure from Haitian folk­lore. The as­sump­tions by th­ese pow­er­ful po­lit­i­cal fig­ures with deities, dae­mons and other spir­i­tual nom­i­na­tion, is a dan­ger­ous one, and one that is man­i­fest al­ready in the geopol­i­tics of Amer­ica. And given how we have been his­tor­i­cally con­cate­nated to par­tic­u­lar places upon a kind of palimpsest of the mid­dle pas­sage, Amer­ica re­mains a place to which we are in­ter­minably bound. There are great im­pli­ca­tions for us. This ar­ti­cle is an in­sight­ful ini­ti­a­tion ex­pand­ing the St Lucia even fur­ther into the dol­drums but the at­ti­tude of don’t care, don’t care, don’t care con­tin­ues.

– Anne Pear­son

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