Fear & Politics Pt 5

‘Voters are basically lazy. Reason requires a high degree of discipline, of concentration; impression is easier…. The emotions are more easily roused, closer to the surface, more malleable….’

Fear & Politics Pt 4

Fear makes man unwise in the three great departments of human conduct: his dealings with nature, his dealings with other men, and his dealings with himself. Until you have admitted your own fears to yourself, and have guarded yourself by a difficult effort of will against their myth-making power, you cannot hope to think truly…

Partisans really put me off.

With each election I witness it is becoming quite evident that the last people that should be listened to are the Partisans, hell they can even put you off a candidate that you quite like. Funnily enough this seems to be the fundamental election strategy adopted by all sides, it’s a winner apparently. What motivates…

Fear & Politics Pt 3

As the … research suggests, conservatism is largely a defensive ideology — and therefore, much more appealing to people who go through life sensitive and highly attuned to aversive or threatening aspects of their environments.

Violence and Misogyny Win Presidential Election

A Presidential candidate who makes flippant jokes about women. Complete with an especially horrific rape joke. Campaigns on explicitly extra-legal solutions to crime problems. Is repudiated by just about everyone else, but the voters keep casting their votes all the same. Is this a diary about how Donald Trump has almost certainly won the Republican…

Fear & Politics Pt 2

Mass movements ultimately need a disaffected population … people who are either economically or culturally dispossessed. Those isolated individuals need to feel part of something bigger than themselves. They need to believe they can regain their previous relevance. Properly primed, such followers will throw themselves behind a leader who promises to return them to power.