This was well written and I appreciated the references to Italo Calvino and John Champagne’s work. McNaughton’s art is very like the “hypermasculine/divine propaganda” seen in totalitarian regimes (but heavy on the Americana).

There is a tendency to think the tyrant can’t be a buffoon. Even in our criticism of totalitarians we tend to make them exceptional. Larger than life. Monsters ushering in dark decades of oppression.

But the tyrant can be and often is a buffoon. Theatrical, posturing, insecure, and ridiculous. A point made by Charlie Chaplin and more recent satirists.

Poet, Writer at Optimistic Learner and Digital Economy Forum. Board member at Vancouver Poetry House. www.optimisticlearner.com

Poet, Writer at Optimistic Learner and Digital Economy Forum. Board member at Vancouver Poetry House. www.optimisticlearner.com