Trump and the Trickster Archetype
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