Reprinted from To The Point Analyses
One thing that Donald Trump has done is brought the U.S. version of "true believer" to the political forefront. This group of people was best described by Eric Hoffer (1898-1983). Hoffer was a largely self-educated, working-class, American social philosopher. His best-known work was entitled The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements, published in 1951.
Hoffer made the following points about true believers:
-- They consider the social conditions under which they live hopelessly corrupt and alienating.
-- They feel that these social conditions rob them of self-esteem and render their lives worthless.
-- Only by submerging themselves in a larger movement demanding radical change can they regain self-worth.- Advertisement -
According to Hoffer, being part of a mass on the move is more important to such individuals than the goals of a particular movement. This means that the movements that attract them are interchangeable. That is why they can be Nazis or communists, fanatical devotees of a religion, or part of an aggressive movement to, supposedly, redeem U.S. greatness.Part II -- Mr. Trump's True Believers Donald Trump has recruited this demographic element for his campaign to become president. Indeed, it appears to be his core constituency.