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Sat Nov 24, 2018, 09:16 AM

Rightwing populists weaponise culture as a way to protect privilege....

.....From Trump to Boris Johnson: how the wealthy tell us what ‘real folk’ want




But when rightwing populists focus on elites they are mostly referring to culture. Their targets are filmmakers, actors, lecturers, journalists, “globalists”, spiritualists, scientists and vegans; the Clintons, Hollywood, Londoners, New Yorkers, Silicon Valley, Sussex and Berkeley. These are the people the right claim are responsible for shaping what people can see or hear, and limiting what they can say. They pillory opinion-formers for looking down on “ordinary people” as being ignorant, bigoted and uncouth. And they are always careful to invent “ordinary people” in their own image. John Kerry’s windsurfing or Barack Obama’s taste for arugula are emphasised as evidence of their lack of connection to basic values. Laying claim to “the real America” or “commonsense values”, they evoke a mythical, homogenous people and culture, only to claim it is being besieged by cosmopolitans, multiculturalists and immigrants. Through what Sarah Igo, in The Averaged American, describes as “the strange slippage between the typical and the good, the average and the ideal”, what masquerades as an embrace of “ordinary folk” is ultimately exposed as an appeal to an ethnically pure, culturally uniform “volk”.
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Finally, all too often the rightwing cheerleaders for these “ordinary folk” are more embedded in the elites than those they attack can ever be. When George W Bush, who is teetotal, is the man you’d most like to have a drink with, an Old Etonian Bullingdon boy like Boris Johnson is able to get away with posing as a man of the people, and Trump can get the modern equivalent of $140m from his dad and still claim he is a self-made man, something is seriously wrong.

Or as George Clooney put it about Trump: “I grew up in Kentucky. I sold insurance door to door. I sold ladies’ shoes. I worked at an all-night liquor store. I would buy suits that were too big and too long and cut the bottom of the pants off to make ties so I’d have a tie to go on job interviews. The idea that I’m somehow the ‘Hollywood elite’ and this guy who takes a shit in a gold toilet is somehow the man of the people is laughable.”


[link:https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/23/trump-boris-johnson-rightwing-populists|

How long before they realise? A generation or more would be my very depressing guess

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Soph0571 Nov 24 OP
sharedvalues Nov 24 #1
Lucky Luciano Nov 24 #6
sharedvalues Nov 24 #10
Lucky Luciano Nov 24 #11
Hermit-The-Prog Nov 30 #22
marble falls Nov 24 #2
Roy Rolling Nov 24 #4
marble falls Nov 24 #20
pazzyanne Nov 24 #3
CrispyQ Nov 24 #5
Lucky Luciano Nov 24 #7
TexasBushwhacker Nov 24 #8
paleotn Nov 24 #19
slumcamper Nov 24 #9
yardwork Nov 24 #13
Honeycombe8 Nov 24 #12
jmowreader Nov 24 #14
JudyM Nov 24 #15
crazycatlady Nov 24 #16
Small-Axe Nov 24 #17
paleotn Nov 24 #18
ck4829 Nov 30 #21

Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 09:32 AM

1. Weaponize culture as a way to protect wealth.

Yes.

Bob Mercer owes $8 billion to the IRS. Him spending $10M a year on Breitbart is an excellent investment- weaponizing racism to get votes for his tax cut.

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Response to sharedvalues (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 10:34 AM

6. He doesn't owe $8B personally.

The tax deal they carefully arranged was for the benefit of all RenTech employees. Mercer himself is “only” worth about $1B and he is “only” an employee. Jim Simons is the founder and still the king (emeritus) and worth closer to $15B.

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Response to Lucky Luciano (Reply #6)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 11:08 AM

10. Funding Breitbart is a good business decision for him

Whether Mercer stands to make $100M or several billion from this one tax question, it’s still merely a good business decision for him to fund Breitbart.


Thomas Piketty got it right: wealth concentration is the problem, because the very rich will always feel the temptation to buy politics to amass wealth and power.

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Response to sharedvalues (Reply #10)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 11:37 AM

11. No question about that

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Response to sharedvalues (Reply #10)

Fri Nov 30, 2018, 12:02 PM

22. 40 year positive feedback loop

We've been caught in a bad feedback loop since at least Rotten Ronnie. Wealth buys politics to get more wealth to buy more politics.

Maybe the machine is about to explode from this positive feedback loop. It will take some more blue wave elections to get enough control to put the brakes on the ultra rich.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 10:08 AM

2. What George Clooney says 1000%

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Response to marble falls (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 10:23 AM

4. If we had to elect a celebrity

Why couldn't it have been George instead of Trump?
Oh yeah. I forgot. Russians. And Republicans.

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Response to Roy Rolling (Reply #4)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 04:36 PM

20. I think the celebrities we've elected have a very mixed record of success. No more ...

amateur Presidents.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 10:16 AM

3. "how the wealthy tell us what 'real folk' want "

Nothing drives me crazier than these privileged people generalizing their ideas and forcing them on Americans as the ideas they should be supporting. I really hate it when I, who live in middle America, am told how I think by republican hacks. Call me sensitive, but I prefer speaking for myself.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 10:29 AM

5. Vegans? Seriously?

That made me LOL. Vegetarians are about 2% of the US population, so vegans even less.

Good article, though.

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #5)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 10:36 AM

7. Absolutely! Remember Ted Cruz saying Beto will make Texas like the wimps in California...

...by taking away barbecues and bringing in tofu!

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Response to Lucky Luciano (Reply #7)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 10:48 AM

8. That's okay. Beto still plays air drums at Whataburger

Beto loves his Whataburger.



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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #5)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 02:01 PM

19. Reality doesn't matter to these people.

What does is the vegan agenda to force feed their male children a vegetable diet rich in soy based estrogen, destroying their masculinity and turning them into limp wristed liberals and gays. Seriously, these people actually believe that shit. It doesn't matter the % of the population or if a particular fear even exists at all. It's all in their simple, uneducated minds and it's damn dangerous.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 10:59 AM

9. Nothing new here

In the mid-50s, anthropologists George and Louise Spindler's work addressed the American "mainstream culture" and its transmission, which they characterized rather innocuously as a "dialogue."

The construction and maintenance of this notion is the progenitor of today's rabid attacks on multiculturalism or differentness.

Just sayin'.

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Response to slumcamper (Reply #9)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 11:43 AM

13. Goes back to the 1930s and is closely tied with white supremacy.

The populist movement in the U.S. in the 1930s-1950s was all about preserving "white" culture.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 11:41 AM

12. It's a cult. They accept that their leader is special, so special rules apply to him.

This is a group that already accepts an all-powerful deity, authoritarianism. It's a small jump to worship this pig who eats at the trough of divisiveness, meanness, violence, lies, and greed. It's not like his followers don't know this about him. I've heard repeatedly that they know he lies, is mean, is greedy, etc. But they accept that.

You can't appeal to the logic in a cult member. Cultism isn't logical, to begin with. I guess you can only replace one cult leader with another, or employ deprogramming.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 11:49 AM

14. Hmmm....

So this explains why the Deplorables decided to vote into office a man who sells $25 hamburgers in his Chicago hotel.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 12:17 PM

15. Financial elites rally people around divisive smears of cultural "elites" with the help of

religious “elites.” Derisiveness is apparently a more important pasttime activity/value to support than compassion.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 12:31 PM

16. Yet look at who the GOP nominates for POTUS

21st century nominees

1) Son of a former president who chose politics over owning an MLB team
2) Guy who married an heiress and could not tell you how many houses he owned
3) Vulture capitalist who has an elevator for his cars on one of his properties
4) Wealthy real-estate investor who's claim to fame was selling people on the country club lifestyle. Lives in a penthouse of a tower that bears his name.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 12:43 PM

17. Populism is toxic.

 

In both its right-wing and left-wing variations.

Populism is the ideological enemy of liberalism.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 01:50 PM

18. There once was a time when the average jane and joe were wise...

Wise in the they knew what they did not know and relied on the consensus of those who DID to form an opinion. Now they pull some uneducated shit out of their collective asses and consider that steaming pile to be on the same plateau as expertise. In the post truth world, everyone's opinion has equal weight, even when that opinion is so ridiculously uneducated and uninformed as to be comical in the extreme. Actually it sure as shit isn't funny anymore. It's like the old drunk guy at the end of the bar...the one who won't shut the hell up no matter how stupidly he rants...is now running he country. Idiocracy is now upon us.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2018, 07:48 AM

21. Kick

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