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Trump is fine-tuning 21st century authoritarianism.

Conservatives love authoritarian voters. Authoritarians come in two varieties-- people who are dominators, who love to tell people what to do and how to think and people who love to and need to be dominated and told what to do. Authoritarians of both varieties are brutally cruel.

Robert Altemeyer, a world renowned expert on Authoritarians explains, "the hostility you find so often in authoritarian followers is based upon more than anything else they are just being very frightened; and feeling that they are the good guys, they are god's designated hitters, and so they can go and attack whom they want because it's all in a good cause." Altemeyer describes authoritarian followers as being self-righteous.

This authoritarianism plays beautifully into the hands of anti-regulation, anti-government types, like the Koch brothers.

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The problem is that certain authoritarian, top-down institutions are inconvenient for corporate authoritarians, like big government and even some iterations of religions. Now, corporate authoritarians do not have natural followers, outside their employee based. So they parasitize by tapping the authoritarianism of evangelicals and white supremacists.

Trump is playing right into this fine-tuning by attacking big government-- one of the authoritarian forms anti-regulation corporatists oppose. And Trump attacks the media and law enforcement agencies, also authoritarian powers that are inconvenient to corporatists.

So Trump is engaging in a culling of authoritarian forces. By intensifying the enmity towards government, towards media, even towards the Pope, Trump is strengthening the bond between right wing conservatism and evangelicals and white supremacists. The face of this ugly concoction is a mix of billionaires and evangelical leaders, like Franklin Graham.

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What will the future look like with this corporate-evangelical authoritarianism?

  • Privatization will expand: When corporations, wealth and authoritarian religion are celebrated, privatization, especially privatization with religious ties will continue to grow.
  • Wealth inequality will continue to worsen: Authoritarian followers will even embrace this as signs of the worthiness of the dominators they obey.
  • Erosion of Government: Trump and conservatives are aggressively undermining the institutions of government-- laws, the system of justice
  • Endangering journalists and the media:
  • This is well under way. Ironically, the mainstream media are helping to hasten the process.

    Government of and by the people is a relatively new idea, a result of the idea of democracy. Democracy has no place in the world of billionaires, the ultra wealthy and Evangelicals.

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    The problem is, the current leadership of the Democratic party also embraces wealth and corporate influence as their means for holding on to their deck chairs on the titanic.

    The solution to this world-wide affliction is to embrace the bottom-up aspects of being human that support democracy and equality. That is what humans evolved, over millions of years, to become. Civilization brought surpluses that led to militarization and policing to protect the surpluses which authoritarians claimed, where narcissists were encouraged to take, take take.

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    A grim prognosis, but better to face the future with accurate warnings and sobering perceptions, than continue to wallow in a worsening puddle of misguided leadership, like far too many Americans are content to do.



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    Never forget that faux corporate Democrats like the Clintons and Obama created the path to trump by screwing the 99% for 20+ years .



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    I forgot to include Biden in this group.

    I just stumbled across this nugget. I don't know anything about Soto, but if Biden is backing him, it can't be good for the 99%. However, Grayson has long been a thorn in side of corporate Dems and republicans.

    Biden endorses Soto over Grayson in Florida congressional primary

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    Every day that goes by I read the paper, albeit by skimming through the bullshit, outright lies, distortions, and self-serving drivel. Lately over 90% of the articles are anti-Trump or some twisted interpretation of events that miraculously reflect Trump's America gone bad.


    Trump did not create global warming. Trump did not create a $21 trillion accumulated deficit or several trillion bucks' worth of trade imbalance over 50 years.


    Wars are fought over nothing of value. That is not Trump's fault, either.


    Trump did not denigrate or destroy the stature of scientists, mathematicians, and innovators over the time since our nation began to fall, roughly 1968.


    We are headed toward extinction at a breakneck pace. Trump is not the cause.


    Authoritarianism is not the cause either. It's apathy and the desire to feed endorphins with rich food and drugs. People don't give a sh*t.


    It's far worse than Trump. He is a symptom, not a cause.


    Soon, once the tipping point is reached, it won't matter anymore. We become extinct just like the more than three species that disappear every hour of every day of every year.


    Count your blessings. It can always be worse.

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    It's far worse than Trump. He is a symptom, not a cause.


    Very true, but he is adding megatons of fuel to the fire of our destruction.

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    What do his opponents have to offer but more suffering and bleeding heart empathy for the oppressed? They have nothing but incompetence and ignorance...the stuff of a bacterial infection. Prove me wrong.

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    Sad that you defend the extreme bad consequence just because there are causes.

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    I'm on the Same Page... 911 was an inside job.

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    All of which is true. But we must remember that the continual lambasting of Trump distracts from two critical issues.

    One: That the Democratic Party, in the nearly 500 days since Trump assumed the presidency, has yet to construct a blueprint for progressive political change that will challenge Republicans in 2018 and beyond. Those in the DNC hierarchy have chosen instead to go all-in on an obsessive and clearly fruitless campaign of negative criticism towards Donald Trump, at a time when those holding the reins of power had a perfect opportunity to refurbish the party along more voter-centric lines.

    Two: The Clintons and Obama are vile criminal pawns who were placed into high positions of power by globalist thugs hellbent on subverting America's constitutional infrastructure.

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    New revelations arise on a near-daily basis concerning the evil nature of the Democratic Party over the last quarter century. These slime are far more concerned with covering their own asses at this point than offering anything resembling vision or leadership.

    The Democratic Party is finished.

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    PABLO - you speak wonderful words of wisdom.

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    Rob makes some very cogent points that connect the dots for me in ways I have never considered. So I will ruminate on all of this. I would be thrilled if establishing communities in a humane,bottom up way could revolutionize the country. The blockade from my perspective is the overwhelming power of the oligarchy. I don't have a clue how we can unseat them. They have all of the money and all of the artillery and. as this last election demonstrated, we cannot kick them out at the ballot box. they so control the electoral process it has no effect. Witness the coup by an IMF banker that just took place in Italy. That is the new world order we are faced with.

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    Our fate was determined by the JFK assassination in 1963 and sealed with the follow-up murder of RFK in 1968.

    As a result, our nation was split into a dual power system: The CIA, controlled by power players who virtually monopolize the wealth of the nation, acquired command and control of major Government military assets.

    The Government dependent on taxes and 'sponsors' to survive, ostensibly retained control of the electoral system. The tax system was rigged and the 'sponsors' became deal makers with elected officials, and those who hoped to be elected to serve the gravy train.

    These acts serve as a textbook example (should be used as a textbook example) for defining 'coup d'e'tat'.

    It is simply astonishing to me that most people seem to have no clue as to our situation. The passage of time does this to a population.

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    of course. WE did not revolt when the Kennedy's were assassinated and we did not revolt when 911 happened. now we are slaves. What just happened in Italy - it will happen here if by some miracle Sanders gets into office in 2020.

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    I doubt Senator Sanders, or anyone else elected to office, would make a hill of beans difference.

    The 'Electoral Government' -- the one we are trained to see and believe in - is merely a spin-off left over for the Losers by the well-hidden but real 'Power Government'.

    'Our' Government is dependent on a rigged tax structure, ostensibly to be used for the purpose of creating common good. The Money folks with their Power Government backing have convinced us that taxes are bad if 'wasted' for any purpose other than to guarantee the safe operations of the MIC and the Bankers ('The Twins').

    The government of The Twins is Fascist, Capitalist, whatever - a 'Survival of the Fittest' model; and yet we're led to believe they are the job creators, and furthermore the only ones who can 'keep us safe'.

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    Nailed it.

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    This is a long article with a 20 ' video - relevant to this discussion.

    The Nightmare Machine of rapacious exploitation has overthrown humanity's decency and reason and its bloody inhuman treason flourishes over us. This must be ended.

    Let Your Life be a Friction to Stop the Machine

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    I believe what heard Arlo Guthrie say a few years ago, "The elite are in the process of destroying themselves", and will add, by breaking the backs of the people. Back in Massatack from 6+ years in Flemish Antwerpen's hippy melting pot of Belgium. Some how am going to get enough pissed off people to occupy the North Bridge until we get everything we want in the spirit of Guthrie's Group W Bench Movement.

    This is part of Michael's Revolution Number 9 version of that Group W Bench Movement

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    #AbsoluteAuthority may be once again coupled with #AbsolutePower - #endlesswars and #endlessdebt for the American people and the United States in the 21st Century.

    Both Republicans and Democrats in Congress, Corker and Kaine, are surely encouraging the #ImperialPresidency of Bush/Obama, with the passage of possible passage of their new 2018 AUMF ("to make war whenever and wherever he chooses" - Marjorie Cohn).

    All the absolute powers of the Imperial Presidency are based on the #Official911Lie - that "the people who knocked these buildings down", said Bush at the time, except of course that "pre-planted explosives were used at the WTC" - Sign the #GrandJuryPetition (end the lies about 9/11).

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    I'm on the Same Page...

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    Irish Honey Badger & Irish Bunny ' I SUPPORT THE GRAND JURY PETITION !!

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    Here is how I believe the program is to be carried out practically. We ought to recognize that there is a groundswell of opposition to abuse of the average citizen by the federal government. We know this because Trump was elected based on ideas he articulated such as better relations with Russia, and anti-war sentiment, criticism of involvement in regime change. These common sense approaches were not pure, but they were articulated. Nor did Trump ever follow through, although he did have the courage to boot Jim Comey's ass out of his comfey FBI post.

    People should run for the state legislature on a platform of state's rights, meaning that states should do all they can to sever relations with the Federal government. These might include, for example, the passage of a kind of Brexit provision, or amendment, that would clearly spell out the procedure a state must use to sever its ties with the Federal government. States might not select such an option, but it would always be in their took kit to take advantage of it. Other such constitutional amendments could pass, such as one that reversed popular election of US Senators and made their offices dependent on the appointment by the state legislatures. By running on such a platform, and then campaigning on an anti-fed platform, and putting into practice this anti-fed philosophy, states would gain power and gradually marginalize the fed gov. with the goal of completely eliminating Federal influence over the states. This could be carried out on the basis of longstanding abuse of the Fed Gov, its abandonment of the rule of law, and the multiple criminal practices of its minions, including the waging of wars against foreign states, thus damaging or reducing the prospects of trade and the cultivation of markets and putting the international trade regime under great stress--and putting Americans in situations of financial stress, and causing the deaths of Americans as war casualties. All of these criminal individuals--and there are many more, would be aggressively pursued by the states. People are angry at what they are connected with and what it has done to their lives, and this popular support would drive prosecutions. Right now a vote for any of these abuses by representatives in congress would be ample grounds for prosecutions.

    The aggressive carrying out of such a program would constitute a manner in which one could effectively regain power over the Federal government, and actually address the psychopaths Rob often refers to.

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    Perfectly disserted, Peter - nothing could be more necessary

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    Thank you for your encouraging, feedback, Nels. It is a line of thought under development.

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    Yes, we've got to get more power back to the States.

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    I read 'Magna Carta - The True Story Behind The Charter'. One key point was the role of public opinion under a monarchy. There was no such thing as "voting". The public had no power - officially, but the King ceded power to the commoners in order to save the Crown. It was an effective strategic compromise, not altruism.

    I suggest that there is only one thing that makes unlimited power possible: 'zero resistance'. Resistance is always possible. The more we comply, the harder and longer the road back becomes, but I believe there are 'cracks and flaws in the walls' going up. Some may be hard to see, even for the builders. A good way to find them is to simply apply pressure.

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