What happens when everything is a smokescreen for everything else?
Katherine Sylwester
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Agree completely; and like I said before, if Trump supporters confuse critical thought with having an attitude problem then I for one have no problem with being as obnoxious as they come.

Trump’s xenophobia and islamophobia is textbook scapegoating tactics; in the sociological literature on moral panics, what he does is referred to as ‘deviance production’ — which is to say, demonising some group as evil so that he can play the victim of the evil Other, blame those he victimises for bringing their victimisation on themselves and associating anyone who dares to contradict him with the purported threat (‘if you think for yourself the terrorists win’ etc).

It’s really quite standard fare; Trump is neither intelligent nor original. The only thing he has going for him is the cunning of someone who has been born into the super-elite and understands the psychology of power from the point of view of those who hold it. Those who have looked at it from the other side of the equation are usually writing on fascism (eg. Erich Fromm, Wilhelm Reich, Hannah Arendt, Theodor Adorno etc).

I have written a bit on Trump, much of which you can find linked to here:

https://bendebney.info/writing/

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