As I noted in a blog last fall, municipalities today make increasing use of social media as part of their efforts to inform and interact with their local residents. I recall a time, however, when such interaction was much more informal and “low tech.”
In recent weeks, I find myself thinking about a long ago hit from the Kingston Trio. It was a catchy little tune called The Merry Minuet and it began with the following lyrics.
They’re rioting in Africa. They’re starving in Spain. There’s hurricanes in Florida and Texas needs rain.
The whole world is festering with unhappy souls. The French the hate the Germans. The Germans hate the Poles.
Italians hate Yugoslavs. South Africans hate the Dutch – and I don’t like anybody very much!
Those baffled and concerned about the enduring popularity of Donald Trump have been equally shocked by the British vote to leave the European Union. Yet neither of these developments should have been that surprising and they have more in common than one might expect. Among other factors, they are both the result of long pent up anger and dismay over the adverse impacts of globalization and the increasingly interconnected world that has resulted.
C. Richard Tindal, Ph.D is a retired Professor of Government. He taught for 30 years at St. Lawrence College, Kingston and was an occasional Visiting Professor at Queen's University. He has also written and consulted extensively about government.