CHRIS THURMAN: We are all in this together, in all our contradictions
If SA wants to avoid Claire Zinn’s doomsday vision of ‘Joburg Burning’, we need to recognise our interdependence as a matter of national urgency, writes Chris Thurman
As the 2016 US presidential election results rolled in, with Donald Trump edging out Hillary Clinton in state after state, it became clear that Clinton was undone not by the private e-mail server scandal (or by Benghazi, or by the Wall Street conspiracies), but by closet Trump supporters. Pollsters were flummoxed by people who had been ashamed to admit, even anonymously, that they would vote for Trump – yet who, in their brief moment of absolute privacy with an empty ballot, gave their support to a hate-peddling fraudster whose bigotry they endorse. There were hordes of vocal Trump fans, of course, but not 59-million of them. There were also the principled idiots who couldn’t find it in themselves to step down from the moral high ground to vote for the "tainted" Clinton and went for candidates who could not hope to win (including Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party and Jill Stein of the Green Party) as a form of protest against the Democrat "establishment". Almost 6-million votes,...