The Reason Trump Appeals — Shared Status Anxiety

An effective demagogue is usually one whose personal demons align with those to whom he seeks to appeal.

Example One:

Today’s headline in the New York Times:  What Drives Donald Trump? Fear of Losing Status, Tapes Show.

Pretty much all the evidence is that Trump voters are low education, white, male, and relatively comfortable.  In other words those suffering the worst status anxiety in these rapidly changing times.

A match made — but not in heaven.  And, one driving both to disaster.

The only way I can think of to break out of it is to explicitly address not just changes in the economy, but status threats and status anxiety — but its probably too late before the vote.

 

 

 

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