Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Trump supporters are authoritarians

See this article, which contends this is the leading factor in determining who supports him.

"Authoritarians obey. They rally to and follow strong leaders. And they respond aggressively to outsiders, especially when they feel threatened. From pledging to 'make America great again' by building a wall on the border to promising to close mosques and ban Muslims from visiting the United States, Trump is playing directly to authoritarian inclinations."

Which of course reminds me of Lakoff's work here, and that we must counter authoritarianism with communalism (aka participatory democracy) via effective framing. Which is of course where Sanders comes in. Lakoff notes that there can be moral pathologies on both sides. For the likes of Trump it is authoritarianism and narcissism. Liberals need to watch out for self-sacrifice and hedonism.

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