How the Science of “Blue Lies” Explains Trump’s Supporters

by Jeremy Adam Smith   Scientific American These are a very particular form of deception that can build solidarity within groups Donald Trump tells lies. His deceptions and misleading statements are easy to unmask. In one example—among hundreds of well-documented lies—FBI director James Comey told Congress in March that there is “no information that supports” Trump’s claim … Continue reading How the Science of “Blue Lies” Explains Trump’s Supporters

We dug ourselves a really deep hole – on the rise of far right extremists

David Neiwert reported on the US far right for decades and watched as the conservative movement steadily adopted its outlook and ideas   Jason Wilson interviews Doug Neiwert Guardian Jan 27, 2019 David Neiwert has lived in his Seattle neighbourhood for decades. But it, like the US, has changed beyond recognition around him. Once upon … Continue reading We dug ourselves a really deep hole – on the rise of far right extremists

Exasperated Democrats try to rein in Ocasio-Cortez

The effort is part carrot, part stick. But it's far from clear the anti-establishment political novice can be made to play ball. By RACHAEL BADE and HEATHER CAYGLE Politico Jan 11, 2019 (Editor's note: You know AOC is on to something good when she upsets not only world class bloviator Rush Limbaugh on the conservative side, … Continue reading Exasperated Democrats try to rein in Ocasio-Cortez

The Internet Gives Americans a Chance to Make their AOC Derangement Public (Conservative Moral Hierarchy 14)

(Editor's note: O Society readers will recognize this as just another manifestation of the Conservative Moral Hierarchy . The reason this manifestation is so acute the specific case of AOC is her presence in Congress violates the CMH in multiple status categories: race, sex, age, wealth...)  Laura Basset Yahoo! News Jan 11, 2019 Conservatives’ bizarre, … Continue reading The Internet Gives Americans a Chance to Make their AOC Derangement Public (Conservative Moral Hierarchy 14)

Trump’s earliest and strongest followers embody a particularly belligerent strain of authoritarian thinking.

INSIDE THE MINDS OF HARDCORE TRUMP SUPPORTERS by Tom Jacobs Pacific Standard Given the meteoric rise of Donald Trump, and the ill-defined phenomenon known as Trumpism, it's vital we understand the psychology that attracted Americans to the real estate mogul in the first place. Research suggests such voters are driven by a combination of racial resentment and authoritarianism. Sociologist … Continue reading Trump’s earliest and strongest followers embody a particularly belligerent strain of authoritarian thinking.

Escape From the Trump Cult

Millions of Americans are blindly devoted to their Dear Leader. What will it take for them to snap out of it? by ALEXANDER HURST New Republic Dec 13, 2018 On December 20, 1954, some 62 years before Donald Trump would be sworn in as president of the United States, Dorothy Martin and dozens of her followers … Continue reading Escape From the Trump Cult

What the Hell is Cultural Marxism?

Global Research “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” — H. L. Mencken Cultural Marxism is a strange catch-all term being thrown around a lot these days. Why is it … Continue reading What the Hell is Cultural Marxism?