The red hunting hat represents how Holden wants to become different from society. By wearing the hat, he is not a phony beacuse all the other men in society all wear hats that are similar and he sticks out.
To borrow from that quintessential song writer David Byrne - same as it ever was. Salinger is as poignant as ever in frightful president elect.a "human" that deserves our fear.and loathing (sorry Hunter Thompson)
This Is Why I Collect Copies Of "The Catcher In The Rye"