Posted Tuesday night, July 31, 2018.
A “startling election result”? I wonder which election result Greenblatt’s thinking of…
Shakespeare understood…something that in our own time is revealed when a major event---the fall of the Soviet Union the collapse of the housing market, a startling election result---manages to throw a garish light on an unnerving fact: even those at the center of the innermost centers of power very often have no idea what is about to happen. Notwithstanding their desks piled high with calculations and estimates, their costly network of spies, their armies of well-paid experts, they remain almost completely in the dark. Looking on from the margins, you dream that if you could only get close enough to this or that key figure, you would have access to the actual state of affairs and know what steps you need to take to protect yourself or your country. But the dream is a delusion.
---from “Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics” by Stephen Greenblatt.
People knew. They saw it coming. Not just Hillary but lots of people. They just couldn’t make enough other people believe it.