At its core, the Trump campaign and similar brands of reactionary, neo-nationalist politics around the world are all about the denial of complexity. Trump and his followers want to deny the complexity of things like gender and race, the global economy and global politics and, probably most dangerously, the complexity of the global climate–the connections between fossil fuels and climate change. This movement also rejects technocracy, as Trump claims to know more than the scientists working under his administration.
Accordingly, the concept of the economic agent “as someone who pursues his own interest” and “who must be left alone” (270) became the grid on which governments began to organise social life. (Madra and Adaman 696)
Power is doubly contingent. The holder of power and the subordinate must both have possibilities to act otherwise; that is to say, there must a
I’ve been thinking about the controversy between Apple and the US Department of Justice. The first thing to recognize is that when a state, which
Donald Trump is essentially a cult leader, not so different from Jim Jones. No matter what he does, his devotees will follow him. The more he is criticized by “outsiders” and shown to be a megalomaniac, the stronger the the devotion of his followers grows.