Few ever seem to comment on the general problem of politics; that is the entropy of the politician-voter relationship, that over time distances and distorts the policies from real substantive issues… That aside, the simplest explanation (perhaps Occam’s razor) of Trumpism is Weber’s notion of charisma being a dominant factor in politics. Trump won the charisma race, period. But the deeper issue is the long-term dumbing down of the electorate (on both sides) and Trump’s capitalization on that. And let’s not pretend his genius showmanship in the WWE ring/ TV did not help his game on the campaign trail. Newsom/Lessig 2020.