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Fri Sep 25, 2015, 06:32 AM

8 reasons white America falls for demagogues like Donald Trump

For progressives and those others worried about America’s deep political rot, “Trumpmania” represents a supreme and rare teachable moment, one that exposes the racism, authoritarianism, and socio-political anxieties of white movement conservatives in the post civil rights era and the age of Obama.

1. White identity politics.

The Republican base is almost entirely white, increasingly alienated and upset about the perceived decline in white people’s political and social power, and feeling under siege in a country that is becoming more racially diverse. Donald Trump has combined the old fashioned racism of overt white supremacists with the modern white racist “dog whistle” politics of the Republican Party. He is the new face of American white identity politics in the 21st century.

2. Right-wing producerism.

This is the crudest form of populist politics. Trump then aims his supporters’ anger towards an enemy: immigrants from Mexico who are coming to American to supposedly steal jobs while they rape and murder white women; or the Chinese he presents as a stereotypical devious and sneaky “yellow peril” Asian foe that only Trump can outmaneuver and conquer. In this script, Donald Trump then promises to protect benefits like Social Security and health care, while creating a more fair tax code for “hardworking” (white) Americans who are under siege by “parasites”, i.e. the poor on one extreme, and the corporate monied classes on the other. Trump’s “makers and takers” language is then mated with hostility to some type of Other in order to excite and mobilize conservatives via right-wing populist zeal.

8. Conspiracy theories and the paranoid style.

The right-wing media and the Republican Party’s embrace of conspiracy theories and paranoid delusions contribute to a broken political system because too much time is spent on the absurd instead of doing the work of real governance. The conspiracy fantasies of Donald Trump and the American right-wing constitute an alternative reality that is immune from facts. Consequently, these beliefs function as a type of religious cult where faith—what is a belief that cannot be proven by ordinary means—is substituted for empirical reality. Donald Trump’s “birtherism” alternate reality is compelling and exciting for those who believe in it.

http://www.salon.com/2015/09/24/8_reasons_white_america_falls_for_demagogues_like_donald_trump_partner/

Other reasons given are: 3. Herrenvolk politics (a system in which minorities are disenfranchised while the ethnic majority holds sway), 4. Social dominance behavior, 5. Know-Nothings, 6. The strong father and “manliness” and 7. Performance art and spectacular politics.

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Fri Sep 25, 2015, 06:53 AM

1. 100% on the money.

Reading this I'm doing a mental check list & nodding thoughtfully. So many co-workers fit into these categories.

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Fri Sep 25, 2015, 07:15 AM

2. How about, simply, we've been trained to?

And not just on the right side of the aisle. Demagoguery runs rampant across the board, because A) it works with a lot of folks, and B) most politicians don't actually respect the electorate's intelligence, and don't bother to present any depth to their policies, just very basic broad outlines with appeals to emotion - 'this is good, that is bad'.

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Fri Sep 25, 2015, 07:44 AM

3. "Reality TV mixed with professional wrestling"

May be the best description I've seen!

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Fri Sep 25, 2015, 09:53 AM

4. I Suppose

I don't agree with anything that crowd says, and i can't really find fault with the article, but it sort of seemed like the author had an awesome grasp of the obvious.

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Fri Sep 25, 2015, 10:36 AM

5. Don't forget FOX

That channel is on in 90% of right wing households I think.

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