We are reaching peak ‘bubble’. President Obama admitted he was too much in his own bubble to ever appreciate Trump could win the Presidency. At Obama’s farewell speech there was a positive blub-fest because President Obama and Vice-President Biden finally realised their bubble is about to burst.
Justin Webb gave a very good description of the bubble in The Times, where he described how the entire city of Washington DC was adopting a foetal position after Trump’s election. The political elite are in a ‘weird, pre-Trump trance.’
There were similar behaviours here after the Brexit vote. The mainstream media failed even to consider the possibility of either the Trump success or the Brexit revolution because so many also live in a bubble.
Charles Murray in his book Coming Apart: The State of White America gave an excellent description of ‘the bubble’ and the problems that occur when the governing ruling elite hardly ever meet and know very little about those whom they seek to govern.
Living in the bubble and apart from those who you seek to influence and persuade makes you vulnerable to making mistakes. Murray even put together a handy quiz to determine how thick is your bubble?
Here I attempt a UK-focused quiz of my own. Why don’t you try it?
1) Even though you went to private school and you send your children to grammar school, you think there should be no more expansion of grammar schools as they are inherently unfair.
2) You got to grammar school on an academic scholarship.
3) You only knew a friend of a friend of a friend who once went to grammar school but you attended private school yourself.
1) When someone asks you where you went to university you ask do you mean for my undergraduate degree or post-graduate degree?
2) You are the first person in your family to go to university.
3) You hope to never leave university because you have heard rumours that some employers do not offer safe spaces, and ask you to be at your desk for 9 sharp.
1) You knew a few people who voted Brexit, but have since defriended them on Facebook.
2) You voted for Brexit with some reservations and just wish Theresa May would get on with it.
3) You do not know anyone who voted for Brexit and anyone who did so is a racist.
1) You were baptised but do not attend any church services now.
2) You attend church at least twice a month.
3) You do not know a single person who ever attends a religious service and you think religion should be banned from the public sphere.
1) You have one child but will not have any more because of ‘global warming’.
2) You have children of your own and know well both of the following: a full-time stay at home mother and a mother who works full time.
3) Children will ruin my white couch.
The Trump inauguration will be:
1) Interesting to watch. I never thought he could win.
2) The greatest moment of 2017 (so far!).
3) I’ve been triggered.
How did you do? Mostly 1s) You live not just in a bubble, but a bubble with elites. 2) You have one foot in and one foot out of the bubble. 3) Do you want a hug?