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andie

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Explaining Trump
« on: June 28, 2017, 03:54:41 pm »
https://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2017/01/20/explaining-trump/

Explaining Trump

"Explaining how such an unfit candidate and such a bizarre candidacy succeeded has become a critical concern for journalists and scholars. Through sites like Monkey Cage, Vox, and 538, as well as academic papers, we can watch political scientists in real time try to answer the question, “What the Hell Happened?” (There are already at least two catalogs of answers, here and here, and a couple of college-level Trump syllabi.) Although a substantial answer will not emerge for years, this post is my own morning-after answer to the “WTHH?” question.

I make three arguments: First, Trump’s electoral college victory was a fluke, a small accident with vast implications, but from a social science perspective not very interesting. Second, the deeper task is to understand who were the distinctive supporters for Trump, in particular to sort out whether their support was rooted mostly in economic or in cultural grievances; the evidence suggests cultural. Third, party polarization converted Trump’s small and unusual personal base of support into 46 percent of the popular vote."

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Re: Explaining Trump
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2017, 05:39:28 pm »
Dude's named after a fart.
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Re: Explaining Trump
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2017, 06:11:53 am »
Agreed.

Lately he calls head of Korea "Rocket Man" from Elton John I guess.


Head of Korea comes back with "dotard" which is from Shakespeare.


This round goes to...Head of Korea.
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Re: Explaining Trump
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2017, 11:34:40 pm »
Well, the Mayor of London's name means 'fart' in Romanes.

But it's actually very simple.

All the old elites who played musical chairs are losing their grip.

In some places - like Britain with the Corbynistas - it's meant a swing to the left.

In others like the US a swing to the right.

Essentially a vote for Trump, Corbyn, Sanders, the neo-Nazis in Germany, Le Pen in France, Syriza in Greece is all part of the same phenomenon.

A visceral but unfocused disgust with the political misrulers of the world and a belief (perhaps mistaken) that only by turning to extremes is there any hope for the future.

You do not need to be a philosopher, sociologist or even psephologist to understand it.

For better or worse Hillary Clinton was perceived as the candidate of 'them' and Trump - however ironically - as representing 'us.'


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Re: Explaining Trump
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2017, 10:15:04 am »
Very interesting post...mike.
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