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Mon Jun 10, 2019, 06:07 PM

2. Intolerant people can be made to fear Democracy

Political scientists Steven V. Miller's and Nicholas T. Davis' paper titled "White Outgroup Intolerance and Declining Support for American Democracy" found a correlation between white Americans’ intolerance and their support for authoritarian rule: "When intolerant white people fear democracy may benefit marginalized people, they abandon their commitment to democracy." I think that's what we're witnessing today.

The abandonment of one's "commitment to democracy" because of intolerance can be self-defeating, the resulting authoritarianism often only favors the wealthy at the expense of everyone else. President Lyndon Johnson, describing working-class southern whites' willingness to accept their own economic exploitation by simply stoking their intolerance and sense of racial superiority, wryly noted, “Hell, give 'em somebody to look down on, and they'll empty their pockets for you.”

Trump was able to harness this intolerance and exploit deeply-rooted racism, nativism, christian fundamentalism, white nationalism and hatred of the dreaded "other" among "white outgroups," or what he calls his base. He didn't create this dynamic, it's been a part of American politics for decades. As with all authoritarians, Trump just used it to the economic detriment of these outgroups.





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