for some reason i cant post a comment on the two most reason schwarz posts. maybe he closed comments?

This, I think, is why so many people support Trump even when they recognize his obvious mendacity. They’ve been successfully persuaded that everything is a lie, so the only political choice you have is to select the fiction that most fits your self-conception. This partially explains how Trump is able to command support from both anti-Semites and some Jews. Pro-Trump Jews have decided that Trump is lying to white supremacists, and vice versa; they tolerate those lies because everyone lies, and because they’ve decided that he’s more honest when speaking directly to them. The only semblance of anything real can be found in personal identification with a charismatic, orange-tinted hero figure.

- dave 12-08-2016 12:33 pm

my comments are closed on political posts.

- bill 12-08-2016 12:36 pm

democracy in action!

- dave 12-08-2016 12:41 pm

One aspect of this approach is outrage fatigue. If this is the start of a pervasive, unrelenting clusterfuck, how much worse will it be once people are tired of the topic of Trump? Perhaps the real shit doesn't start until that fatigue sets in.

- mark 12-08-2016 9:43 pm

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