It has become a cliche to point out that the rich have most of the political power. It has also become a cliche to say that the recent election in America was the result of forgotten people standing up for themselves against the “establishment” (whatever that means). To a certain extent, this revolt of “the forgotten” against the “establishment” is the story that we’re seeing not only in the U.S., but also around the world. The surprising popularity of Marine le Pen in France’s presidential race is an example of this. While there are more moderate (and some would argue more sensible) candidates on the right and the left, le Pen’s surge in the polls seems to represent a loud statement by “the forgotten” that they’re no longer willing to accept politics as usual.
Though populism has its dangers, one can understand why people who feel forgotten would resent those who have a larger voice in society than they do. Mass media constantly barrage us with new political pontifications from the rich and powerful. Entertainers, businesspeople, technocrats, and others have a voice and influence that the average person could never dream of. Sure, the internet promised to radically level the playing field, giving bloggers (like me) and others an equal shot at being heard, but in many ways it has had the opposite effect. When the average person competes with the rich for a voice, we all know who is most likely to win. Continue reading “Michael Keaton’s Vulture and “The Forgotten””