Who here watches Mad Men on AMC? Last night was the season finale. Here is a synopsis of last night’s episode and this season, but be warned, it contains significant spoilers so don’t click on the link unless you have seen last night’s episode.
As broadly as possible, the theme of this season and last night’s episode is the main character, Don Draper’s, inability to change. Don is a man of tremendous talents and tremendous flaws. When his talents are at work, his flaws are overlooked. But eventually his flaws overtake his talents, and people are no longer willing to look the other way.
This theme is communicated in many ways, but one I have paid particular attention to is wardrobe selection. The show began in the 50′s and has now progressed to the late 60′s. As all the other characters’ wardrobes have been changing to reflect the late 60′s, even three piece suit Rodger has updated, Don is still wearing the same 50′s look suit, pocket square and fedora that he started the show with. But one does not get the impression that Don is doing this as a conscious conservative statement. He appears simply oblivious. He is stuck in his heyday, so to speak. He is like the star highschool athlete who peaked at 18.
So what’s the point? When I wrote the post below on Fred Perry as the choice of French Nationalists, I thought one of three things would happen - I would be flamed for bringing it up, it would be met with silence, or it would generate a useful discussion. I think it did the latter.
I think it is important that we explore this intersection between politics and culture, and I hope to do so with future posts. The point here is that wardrobe makes a powerful statement. Our paleo activists need to be aware of this, but consciously, not obliviously like poor Don. I doubt there are many more powerful ways to communicate your “counter-cultural” conservatism than through your choice of attire. This is important when we present ourselves as activists, and in our everyday lives.