The following excerpt is from an interesting analysis wondering how Trump's base will respond if he keeps acting against their interests, even if he said he was going to do just so in some cases. There are some comments from such voters provided, but in any case I suspect that Trump will initially make the "trains run on time" just like Hitler and Mussolini did. And thus, he will garner continued support from his rabid base, even though many will lose out. For instance the new Trumpfactories will be highly automated. Much of our food will become much more expensive, etc..
What I have excerpted from the article are some more general observations on how such voters are manipulated, via 'divide and conquer' political strategies. These operate on manipulating long held biases, that allow individuals to psychologically dismiss counterfactuals to their positions.
Very specific to my concerns is the notion of Trump's pandering to Crony Capitalism in various manners. This running directly against the grain of the Tea Party ideals, AND those of Steve Bannon, Trump's chief Strategic Adviser. The latter taken from Bannon's Internet speech delivered to the Vatican, where he also advocated against Crony Capitalism and for some undefined Christian Capitalism, that looks out for the interests of all. 'All' that is, once the Muslims and Secular humanists are cleansed from the Earth in his desired holy war apocalypse.
And so I am guessing that Christian Capitalism is when everyone goes to Church, the restored true Church, and pays their ten percent tithe. Then the church doles this out to the needy. Of course, the only needy will be of the faithful, as Bannon, per the notions in the Bible's book of Revelation says everyone, not of the faithful, will be cleansed from our presence. Similarly, the Romans famous bread dole was delivered only
to Roman 'citizens'. As I just pointed out on another thread, many of these citizens of the imperium, at least, were ethnically diverse and even former slaves, but they had to conform to the mono-culture of the imperium. Which morphed into the offices of the Church, ... who now controls all the branches of American governance, once not long ago, strictly mainline Protestant.
And so, as I have wondered previously, what is this key economic disconnect between Trump's team of holy warriors and Trumpism? Does this bode well for Trump's longevity in office, albeit caused by slightly different dynamics that the article suggests? Or is Bannon and his Christian Capitalism just a fig leaf to buy time, till the Crazy Train derails?
Similarly, the excerpt invokes Fox News, as providing key support to the Trump base, albeit there was some faux shade in pitting them against the "alt-right' people like Bannon. Fox is now strongly back in the Trump bandwagon, but Rupert Murdoch is yet a globalist, and faux, fast tracked American 'citizen'. The Fox Channel frequently provides culturally 'degenerate' programming 180 degrees in opposition to the Fox News moralizers.
There are many explanations for why a voter would might choose a candidate who is likely to do that person harm. The American electorate, to put it kindly, is not particularly sophisticated. The country’s schools are broken: A high percentage of graduates of either high school and college lack critical thinking and reading skills. Many graduates also cannot read and properly evaluate a newspaper editorial, or discern if a story is from a reputable source or is “fake news.” Voters also privilege different issues in their calculations. For committed conservatives, winning the “culture war” may be more important than basic pocketbook or bread-and-butter issues.
Social scientists have repeatedly shown the ways that American voters reason backward from their conclusions and ignore inconvenient information. The vast majority of Trump voters received their information from Fox News: Disinformation and lies are taken as truth; the phenomenon of circular and self-limiting knowledge that social scientists call “epistemic closure” creates right-wing political zombies. Racism, authoritarianism, bigotry and ethnocentrism are a toxic (and politically intoxicating) mix.
And perhaps the most basic truth is that Trump’s voters simply wanted to elect a human grenade as president. They pulled the pin and then forgot to run away from the explosion, likely because they were fascinated by the spectacle and eager to witness the harm that they believed Trump would do to their enemies.
As philosopher Henry Girioux has repeatedly warned, the “dead zone of capitalism” will only be expanded by Donald Trump and the Republican Party’s obsessive advancement of predatory capitalism and austerity. Red state America is already economically unproductive and parasitic, largely dependent on the taxes and economic activity generated in blue state America. As such, Trump’s policies will disproportionately punish his greatest supporters.
Well-intentioned liberals and progressives insist that we should empathize with Trump’s semi-mythical “white working-class” voters. These progressive and liberal dreamers reference examples of interracial alliances that struggled to advance shared class interests. Of course such alliances across the color line have occurred in the United States. The United Mine Workers union offers an important example of interracial, if uneven, collaboration and cooperation. At times, white and black sharecroppers across the South and elsewhere worked together against the planter-class plutocrats of the 19th and 20th centuries. In Texas, the “white scourge” of cotton was indeed king, but laborers — whites and people of color — found ways to work together to advance their shared economic interests.
Unfortunately, such interracial alliances are not common in American history. Poor and working-class white Americans have all too often chosen the psychological and material “wages of whiteness” instead of allying with people of color in the same economic class, even when the latter option would have lifted all boats. These white Americans were not tricked or hoodwinked or conned or bamboozled. They made a decision that loyalty to whiteness took precedence to a shared sense of humanity and the common good. This is a persistent feature of American history from long before the founding of the republic through the era of Donald Trump. ...
Similar divisive ploys are a persistent feature of history - period.