In his poem, B-Movie (1981), Gil Scott-Heron reflected on the election of Ronald Reagan. He wrote, ‘this country wants nostalgia. They want to go back as far as they can. Even if it’s only as far as last week. Not to face now or tomorrow, but to face backwards’ (ibid.). Reagan ran under the slogan ‘Let’s make America great again’, which was later revived by Donald Trump, albeit truncated into the shorter ‘MAGA’. As we are increasingly seeing, ‘they’ are still waiting for a greater future to be imported from the imagined past, and not only in America. When Reagan was elected, it was a time of crisis, with stagflation running amok and a sitting president that wavered in the face of a hostage crisis.
|Title of host publication||Post-Conflict Memorialization|
|Subtitle of host publication||Missing Memorials, Absent Bodies|
|Editors||Yoav Galai, Luisa Gandolfo, Olivette Otele|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|
- international relations