The End Times are nigh…
Posted July 18, 2016on:
Political Science was one of my majors in college. One of my professors said, “Welcome to the only social science where everyone you meet with an opinion considers themselves an expert.”
All the pundits, columnists, and paid marionettes have an opinion as to why the Bogey Yam so decisively won the primary. Why he so “resonates” with “his people”? Why the demon Yam inspires such unyielding loyalty?
Here’s the eye opener – the yammering Yam might just be the caterwauling canary in the coal mine of authoritarianism. Here’s a video explaining the political science niche of authoritarianism.
If you want to read more about this subject, Vox has done some good, long journalism and original research on the subject. The article is The Rise of American Authoritarianism. Another article is Congressional Republicans — and everyone else — should take Trump’s authoritarianism seriously.
Fear is the aphrodisiac, revenge is the religion, and xenophobia is the calling card of the authoritarian. Evolving social norms and demographic changes frighten authoritarians. Overreaction is the only acceptable reaction to change. Democracy is only tolerated to the extent it provides the instruments to further the interests of authoritarianism. Curtailing civil liberties is praised as a means to an end.
At the risk of violating Godwin’s law, the concept of authoritarianism emanated from studying fascism after World War II. Whatever the genesis, the conservative media infrastructure preaches how terrifying the world is and how little the god-less liberals care about protecting our security. This is the Siren song of authoritarians.
Terrorism, instability, and instantaneous communication channels have turned the world into a Petri dish for authoritarianism. The clamoring Yam is Patient Zero.
As a political strategy it is not new. Nixon used it in 1968 by creating a zeitgeist of rampant lawlessness and then sculpting his candidacy to fulfill the need he created from whole cloth. The election of 1968 was the first where the concepts of Vance Packard’s Hidden Persuaders were put to use. It was Mad Men meeting The West Wing for the first time where it was love at first sight and an inseparable bond was forged.
Authoritarianism plays to the basest of human instincts, but it creates fierce and fulsome adherents. The bond between an authoritarian and their followers is unshakable. As the blabbering Yam said, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters, OK?” Finally, he has said something that is true according to the research.
Don’t for a second think this concept is lost upon Trump or his henchmen. Roger Stone’s first self-proclaimed dirty trick was during the 1968 Nixon campaign. And there isn’t an authoritarian despot or two-bit murderous dictator for which Paul Manafort hasn’t worked. Authoritarianism is the clamoring Yam’s campaign strategy. After his declaration of being the, “law and order candidate,” there is no doubt it will be the recurrent campaign theme.
It is easy to see that the Republican Party might well cleave itself into an establishment wing and an authoritarian wing. Holding power in Congress will force cooperation between the two factions, but such cooperation will mean no comprehensive immigration policy or investment in infrastructure. It will also mean cooperation to invalidate Hillary’s presidency through continued BenghaziemailserverWallStreetwhatever conspiracies.
This week will be awash with fear-mongering. The end times are here and they will be broadcast live from Cleveland. It is no coincidence that the only way to get to the stage at this week’s Republican Convention are by ascending white steps. Authoritarians would have it no other way.
This week will be difficult. There will be no concern for damage to the country, inciting violence, or healing. In fact, just the opposite will serve the campaign interests of the clamoring Yam and his goons.
A quote from the article:
“For authoritarians, in case of moral threat, lock down the borders, kick out those who are different, and punish those who are morally deviant.”
For the Republican Party, the party platform seems to channel authoritarianism — build a wall, block Muslims, deport 11 million, torture, punish women for controlling their health care decisions. These positions aren’t a stretch if your voters are those who profit from fear and proclaim pain is the prescription for “the others” — more like coming out of the authoritarian closet.
What’s on your mind today?
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