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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Carlos Danger is the online
avatar of former US con-
gressman and contemporary New
York mayoral aspirant Anthony
Weiner, used for online sex
adventures. Weiner came to
worldwide attention in 2011 for
tweeting a picture of his, uhm,
junk, to a woman following him
Another New York politician,
former governor, Elliot Spitzer,
left in disgrace for using call girls
in 2008. He, too, is seeking
political office again this year
amidst infidelity allegations.
Similar though not identical
themes repeat in stories of Silvio
Berlusconi, Dominique Straus
Kahn, Vladimir Putin, and many,
many politicians we don't know.
Malfeasance, exposure, amnesia,
It's not just individuals. On an
institutional level, atrocious
behaviour is the norm. Remem-
ber the British parliamentary
expenses scandal of 2009; the
ongoing, glaring racism in British
institutions, like the police force;
the Irish Magdalene laundries
scandal, the Trayvon Martin ver-
dict in Florida, a snapshot of the
fates of young black men in the
US legal system.
Then there are examples of
atrocious behaviour on a national
level: Italy's first black woman
Cabinet member is subjected to
an open public campaign of racial
harassment. Former Australian
PM Julia Gillard's unseating was
partially based on a public cam-
paign of overt sexism. And this is
just what's on Yahoo news.
No, this isn't a defence of Jack
Warner---who has nothing to
defend, since he has not been
charged with anything, anywhere.
This is to tell the Economist,
the BBC, the Miami Herald, The
Australian etc, to watch their own
damn back yards before putting
their slobbering mouths on
Trinidad politics. And get proper
reporters to do that whole uhm,
reporting, business. I've written
several letters to the Economist
complaining about its reporting
on Trinidad in the last decade.
The Americas editor responded
by threatening to sue me.
That said, Carlos Danger is
worth looking at. He shows us
two things: first, it's more than a
cool alter-name and is crammed
with subtext. Weiner is Jewish,
but chose a gangsta handle as his
online nizzle. This is a big insight
into the grotesqueries of the
The second thing it shows is
the reality of political and social
As to the political personality,
we have more than enough evi-
dence right here that the person-
alities attracted to politics are not
boy scouts. They've been called
charismatic, Type A, alpha male,
authoritarian, malignant narcis-
sists. They're self-serving, ruth-
less, and don't play by the rules.
However, men (usually) with
the personality type are capable
of great accomplishments. Jack
Warner presents an intriguing
picture of the positive possibili-
ties of the political personality.
Basdeo Panday and Patrick Man-
ning are cautionary tales of how
much damage it can wreak when
not properly controlled.
As Patrick "Danger" Manning
showed, the ascent of that per-
sonality to a position of power
allows its unhealthy fantasies to
run riot. If you doubt that, take a
look at the Hyatt, and those
empty billion-dollar buildings
around it, and then drive down
doctor, try calling 999 and get-
ting help, or try finding literacy
in the school system.
Indeed, you might say post-
independence Trinidad has pro-
vided a huge theatre for this per-
sonality to enact its dramas,
beginning with the narcissist in
chief, Eric Williams.
What I find intriguing is the
reality of the personality, in the
responses to its machinations.
President Anthony Carmona
provided one response in his
speech to Parliament on Friday:
An arch, reproving, moralistic
tone. Start work at 8 am. Stop
being bad boys and girls. Improve
standards. With the greatest
respect to His Excellency, to
direct this moral technology at
the Trini moral condition,
embodied in our little parliamen-
tary Inferno, is to fire a slingshot
at an aeroplane.
The President's response is a
more coherent, defensible version
of the response of middle-class
moralists, who avail themselves
of a slogan-based morality which
provides many words, but little
meaning. You hear it in phrases
like "transparency," "accountabili-
ty," "new politics" and so forth.
You see it satirised in Dickens
and Trollope. You see it parodied
in Flaubert. You see it massacred
in the COP's political record.
Among the masses, the
response has traditionally been
pragmatic. The population under-
stands this personality is a fact of
life, it usually wins, and they try
to work with it.
But it's not always fatalism. As
in Chaguanas West forgiveness is
sometimes a logical option.
You're not hiring these fellers to
be saints. If the character can
deliver, and no better options are
present, why not? (Especially if
all that ails the character is a pile
It seems to balance out, mostly,
at least in metropolitan societies,
where the personalities are usual-
ly contained, and manage to get
some work done. Why metropol-
itan societies, despite their fail-
ings, are in balance better than
ours is because this personality
is checked by strong watchdog
institutions, which embody social
and moral ideals.
Outside of government institu-
tions, these ideals begin in
school, church, and civic organi-
sations. Societies come to know
what right and wrong are
through a continuing dialogue
conducted through the prism of
CLR James said his greatest
influence as a boy was Thackeray's
Vanity Fair. Most of the men who
Trinidad's trajectory were Freema-
sons (not slaves, as is popularly
thought). Movies and television
have shaped the style and behav-
iour of generations of Trinidadians.
Hence a major reason for the
moral degeneracy of Trinidad. If
you insist the central rite of your
culture is to put on a masque,
assume another identity, and
behave atrociously without conse-
quences, then you shouldn't whine
when you get what we have today.
And this has nothing to do
with Jack Warner, but everything
to do with Carlos Danger.
TRINIDAD, MEET CARLOS DANGER
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