Ultimately, we have to face the fact that some people are poor recognisers of what means need to be taken to achieve the thing that is in their interest to achieve, while others are poor recognisers of what is actually in their interest as such. This is hardly headline news: People do not act in such a way that is always conducive to their interest – shock!
Q. Why did the turkey vote for Christmas?
It seems to be mostly true that Third Way politicians facilitated the rise of the monstrosity that is Trump through the (misnamed) embourgeoisement of society and the utter neglect of those who refused (or were unable) to participate in the embourgeoisement process (manual labourers etc, the so-called ‘left behind’). It also seems to be mostly true that the media helped propel this monstrosity into The White House through normalizing certain behaviours, attitudes, and language. Without underplaying the rôle of the Third Way and the media, I’m not sure contemporary analytic philosophers can wholly exculpate themselves from blame either.
It is philosophy’s job to think through things critically and persuade others to see the correctness (if it is correct) of a certain view through reasoned argument. That Trump was elected is a partial demonstration and total indictment of philosophy and its impoverishment. Rather than discuss the ‘original question’ (‘how should I live?’), or those questions that are tangential to it (‘by what criteria can an agent be considered [morally] ‘good’’, ‘how should goods be distributed?’, ‘is art of primary importance?’ etc), philosophy has trivialized itself with petty problem-solving and wondering whether ‘p’ obtains in any possible world under a ludicrous, but logically possible, situation (often concerning aliens). Philosophy has turned itself away from what matters.
Part of contemporary analytic philosophy’s problem is specialization. Because everyone is focussing on an extremely narrow question/problem, very few people are able to locate their arguments in accordance with a ‘bigger picture’ – there is no telos, just parts.
I blame philosophy’s adoption of the business model, but then, I suppose I would.
Everything is abstract in contemporary analytic philosophy, including the compassion.