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Trump's “stolen election” hypes Georgia election on 5 January, not as superstition but hyperstition

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Can enraging Georgia voters about a lost election actually spur GOP turnout in Georgia. The Trumpist cognitive dissonance is strong with them, much like Trump’s claim that he couldn’t possibly have lost because he got more votes than in 2016.

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Like the Confederate “Lost Cause” that engendered Jim Crow and an abundance of continued racism, Trump has incorporated its revisionist history into the wish-fulfillment of American traitors and losers.

A neologism, “hyperstition” captures Trump’s delusional version of Norman Vincent Peale’s positive thinking in the grift of his 2024 re-election, as he has failed in overturning the 2020 results.

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This idea of self-prophetic fulfillment appeals to those easily conned by the Trumpian message, as if America had lost its “greatness’ and only Trump can return it. If only it would appear when all the Trumpists close their eyes and wish real hard to save Tinkerbell.

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— Douglas Sharpe (@mdsharpe2) December 6, 2020

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— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 6, 2020

Trump fetishizes the hyperreal, retweeting images that represent him as some superhuman figure, Charles Atlas rather than Scott Atlas, or more correctly, Cadet bone spurs as Commander-in-Chief. Capitalist realism might be that kind of fetishized commodity reproduction.

Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem is seen only to evangelical Christians as some self-fulfilling destiny on the path to the Second Coming.

HYPERSTITION from Christopher Roth on Vimeo.

R3. Hyperstition is a positive feedback circuit including culture as a component. It can be defined as the experimental (techno-)science of self-fulfilling prophecies. Superstitions are merely false beliefs, but hyperstitions – by their very existence as ideas – function causally to bring about their own reality.

Capitalist economics is extremely sensitive to hyperstition, where confidence acts as an effective tonic, and inversely. The (fictional) idea of Cyberspace contributed to the influx of investment that rapidly converted it into a technosocial reality.

God Emperor Trump refers to fantasy depictions of United States President Donald Trump as a ruler of the entire world often who is often shown wearing the armor of the immortal character Emperor of Mankind from the miniature wargame Warhammer 40,000. knowyourmeme.com/…

Abrahamic Monotheism is also highly potent as a hyperstitional engine. By treating Jerusalem as a holy city with a special world-historic destiny, for example, it has ensured the cultural and political investment that makes this assertion into a truth. Hyperstition is thus able, under ‘favorable’ circumstances whose exact nature requires further investigation, to transmute lies into truths.

Hyperstition can thus be understood, on the side of the subject, as a nonlinear complication of epistemology, based upon the sensitivity of the object to its postulation (although this is quite distinct from the subjectivistic or postmodern stance that dissolves the independent reality of the object into cognitive or semiotic structures). The hyperstitional object is no mere figment of ‘social constuction’, but it is in a very real way ‘conjured’ into being by the approach taken to it.

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Hyperstition is equipoised between fiction and technology, and it is this tension that puts the intensity into both, although the intensity of fiction owes everything to its potential (to catalyse hyperstitional 'becomings') rather than its actuality (which can be mere human expressivity)

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Hyperstition has a commodifiable value, $170 million so far:

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— ABC News (@ABC) December 2, 2020

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— Jim VandeHei (@JimVandeHei) December 6, 2020

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— Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) December 7, 2020

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— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) December 7, 2020

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— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) December 7, 2020

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