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The Nationalists Delusion


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Trumpism, nationalism, hustle, con, fraud, white supremacy )

Sheryl
- 537 days ago - theatlantic.com
At its core white nationalism has and always will be a hustle, a con, a fraud that cannot deliver the broad-based prosperity it promises, not even to most white people. This article is long but for those who like to get a deeper understanding is good read



   

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David C (75)
Sunday November 26, 2017, 3:00 pm
thanks as always
 

. (0)
Sunday November 26, 2017, 3:04 pm
Noted🙋
 

Kathleen M (208)
Sunday November 26, 2017, 3:14 pm
Brilliant post! Thx for sharing Dandelion. Have to go and barf now...
 

Colleen L (3)
Sunday November 26, 2017, 3:46 pm
Thanks Dandelion
 

Animae C (508)
Sunday November 26, 2017, 4:00 pm
Shared on G+
 

Olga Lustosa (194)
Sunday November 26, 2017, 5:22 pm
Saved to read tomorrow.
 

Freya H (345)
Sunday November 26, 2017, 6:14 pm
What's the old saying? Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels.
 

Beryl L (78)
Sunday November 26, 2017, 6:14 pm
Thank you Sheryl.
A rather disturbing article. But I am glad I read the whole thing. It pointed out many markers in history that have been twisted and turned until the truth just disappeared. The truth is apparent here. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this I almost hate saying.
I think I will now go and read some Kahlil Gibran and clear my head space so I'm able to sleep.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday November 26, 2017, 8:11 pm
Thanks Beryl for taking the time, as I said, long, but a wealth of information.
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday November 27, 2017, 2:05 am
Shared article and analysis over social media to raise and spread awareness.
 

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Monday November 27, 2017, 12:49 pm
Noted, Thank you
 

. (0)
Monday November 27, 2017, 7:39 pm
Or maybe they just hated Hillary more than Trump.
 

Peggy B (43)
Tuesday November 28, 2017, 5:50 am
TYFS
 

Richard A (2)
Tuesday November 28, 2017, 1:54 pm
Thank you for bringing this article forward.
 

Winn Adams (179)
Wednesday November 29, 2017, 6:46 am
Thanks Sheryl
 

Roberto MARINI (88)
Wednesday November 29, 2017, 7:45 am
thank you for this interestign article
 

Judy C (91)
Wednesday November 29, 2017, 6:25 pm
I did get through the article, and it took me a while. It repeatedly points out the hypocrisy of racism, as well as the fact that racism isn't always blatant. Sometimes it is subtle, making it even more treacherous. Racists have hidden their racism so well that many of them are even oblivious to it themselves.

The author talks about checking with those who voted for Trump, because many of us would expect some buyer's remorse. His supporters however, remain supportive, because the real reason they were attracted to him to begin with is that he is open in expressing his bigotry. His followers then, are free to express their own bigotry without concerns about the notion of political correctness, which they despise.

I have spoken with plenty of people who are in complete denial about their racism – even to themselves. The Calamity Thesis provides a good example of this denial. The Calamity Thesis would predict that the Great Recession is the cause of people suffering such hard times in recent years. You would expect people with lower incomes, less education, perhaps even some poor Blacks to be the largest group of Trump voters. It turned out, though, that there wasn't a big difference in wealth or the level of education among Trump voters. Just about no Black people suffering adversity were dissatisfied enough to latch onto Trump. Support for Trump is not nearly as heavily correlated with financial adversity itself as it is with an attribution of who is responsible for the adversity. Trump supporters tend to have minorities as the scapegoat. For instance, if the Mexican undocumented immigrants were not getting all sorts of (mythical) perks and welfare benefits, the "real Americans" would not be doing so poorly. Or the big problem is affirmative action, perhaps. With Trump in power, all the racists are comfortable to crawl out from under their rocks.

There's also an interesting discussion of people's reaction to Obama. Trump is of course a big proponent of the preposterous belief in birtherism. This author, unlike others, examines the cognitive dissonance created by the fact that Obama is as white as he is black. I have always wondered why others have not taken a look at that. Obama turns out to be according to one writer “the least liberal president since World War II and the biggest moderate in the White House since Dwight Eisenhower”. On the one hand he can be seen as moderate, and on the other hand he is slaughtering Muslims (he is supposed to actually be one) left and right. Moderation doesn't compute with the racial caricatures of being black, and the racists' expectation of letting the Blacks take over the whole country. It's enough to make their pea brains explode.

Anyway Dandelion, thanks for this thought-provoking article.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Friday December 1, 2017, 6:38 am
You are welcome Judy - thanks for taking a stroll via the article. I like to explore these things myself.
 
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