I’m seeing the most bizarre explanations for Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria. But one very obvious explanation doesn’t occur to anybody. Nobody seems capable of figuring out that this is simply what voters want. Voters massively and overwhelmingly don’t want American soldiers to die and American resources to be spent in Syria and Afghanistan. That a politician should do something that will be extremely popular with voters as he faces an election season shouldn’t be that shocking.
It’s the same with the wall. There is wildest speculation as to why Trump is pushing for the wall. I’ve read the craziest things online about it. There is an explanation that is based on his Twitter follows, even. But the most obvious explanation that this was his number one campaign promise and 70% of people in the country either want or don’t mind the wall somehow doesn’t occur.
This is precisely what Wendy Brown talks about in her book about democracy. The fluid elites are simply incapable of imagining that the not-so-fluid majority might want anything at all. The elites feel completely stunned that the dumb proles actually express wishes, as if anybody cared about them.