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Continuing response to Brian Easton

Brian,

Yes psychology is involved, but your reference to a response being ‘unlocked’ is a good observation which should be a catalyst to look more broadly than psychology.  To understand the Trump, Brexit, etc phenomina requires a sociological look.  Individuals need to be understood in a sociological sense as well as a psychological sense.  This type of effect should be expected to be more prominant in times of fundamental change and fast change which we are in today.

I recently saw an academic role I’ve never heard of which may be useful for looking at this sociological, or cultural, angle:   sociocutural anthropologist

What do you think?

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Response to Robert Borosage of OurFuture.org (USA)

‘Perverse populism’ is a good term. But what is different today is that the necessary response to climate change (for sustainability, survivability) requires more fundamental change than progressive populism. The whole ‘consumer man’ culture (exploitation), in which right wing populism and progressive populism are both imbedded, is indicted. The election of Trump, Brexit, the mafia type in the Phillipines, the rise of xenophobic parties in Europe, etc., are intuitive responses from the terror of fundamental change. Naomi Klein in “This Changes Everything” tries to put a soft face on it but the ‘populist’ response today is, for now, of a nature that people will want to preserve any bit of consumer man they can grasp for as long as it lasts (probably not very long) and the centuries (millenially?) long devotion to exploitation as the cultural norm is seeing them accept more inequality.
Thanks,
Richard Keller

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Reply to Gordon Campbell on ‘populism’

Gordon Campbell’s attempt to define populism leads him to claim there is much equivalence of Trump to Podemos, for example. Does he really think Trump is “truly and aggressively in opposition to the politics of ‘business as usual'”?  Read the rest of this entry »


Response to Brian Easton on Pundit concerning 2016 word of the year, ‘post-truth’

Brian,

Well done to list and briefly describe all those cognitive bias proclivities, but how have you used them to explain your ‘great perplexity’?  Please go on; in fact, if you are greatly perplexed then you have an obligation to delve further into it.  Read the rest of this entry »