In “The semantics of twenty-first century socialism and the Venezuelan political system,” José Javier Blanco Rivero writes The French philosopher [Claude Lefort] explains that in the
The idea that the president “runs the country” is just nonsense, and our president is certainly not, and never has been, “the leader of the free world.” Speaking of leaders in this way just serves to reassure people that there is someone in charge, someone with a plan, some God figure who is taking care of things. But there isn’t.
June 12, 2016 I like reading and listening to David Brooks. I don’t agree with everything he says, but at least he has common sense
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.
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.