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17 Oct
The “brilliance” of Steve Bannon is that he has convinced tens of millions of people to believe that destroying democracy is a noble/patriotic objective as long as it occurs while chanting “America First”.

In the past,...1/
…I’ve reluctantly used/avoided using “cult” terminology to describe Trumpism b/c cliché use dilutes the meaning of the word, which minimizes the severity of the behavior.

But, as explained below, it’s increasingly becoming more difficult to avoid using this terminology. 2/
Although not a perfect, non-overlapping distinction....*post-Trump*, Trumpism seems to be settling into two identifiable wings of an authoritarian movement.

But perhaps more importantly, there may be a shift occurring in the "cult". 3/
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14 Oct
What I "presume" are observable events, and relatively predictable human behaviors.

As I pointed out later in the thread, "467 US billionaires have seen their wealth increase by a grotesque $730,000,000,000 during the pandemic".

I wrote that on August 27, 2020. 1/
Almost exactly one year later, that number.....(the collective increase of U.S. billionaires' wealth)....had increased to $1.8 trillion.

Or put another way, billionaires increased their wealth by 62% during the pandemic. 2/…
This occurred, and is still occurring, during a time when people are not only losing loved ones to Covid......

.....but it's occurring at a time when the income inequality gap is at a 50+ year high.....3/…
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14 Oct
A couple of observations that would seem to be consistent with people failing to meet, and, therefore getting stuck in the lower hierarchies of needs:

1. Addiction-like experiences/behavior

2. The constant exploitation and manipulation of neuropsychological fear responses. 1/
I've previously analyzed how an addiction model may help to explain tribalism, cult and conspiracy theory susceptibility, confirmation bias, etc. 2/
I've also analyzed recent studies comparing white supremacy to drug addiction: 3/
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13 Oct
"The very same traits (pathologically dysfunctional competitiveness/greed/ambition), that drove them to manipulate the system to get ahead, "present" (symptoms) w/such intensity/severity that they are unable to turn "it" off even when "it" threatens to destroy what it created."
Thread touching on the degradation of society through the lens of Covid exploitation:....2/....
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13 Oct
Rational former Republicans (@radiofreetom/@stuartpstevens) have struggled to understand what happened to people they thought they knew as "intelligent & reasonable".
There are several things at play. First, we often view others through our own subjective lens. Therefore,….1/
...even when agreeing on an issue, we assume we arrive at same conclusion for similar reasons.

Nichols/Stevens arrived at certain conclusions due to their belief in Conservativism’s “commitment to traditional values/ideas & opposition to change socially traditional ideas.” 2/
But the problem is that many of the “socially traditional ideas” that existed in this country's history involved racism, discrimination, misogyny, homophobia, & bigotry.

And although rational former Republicans were seduced by the pragmatism/deliberateness of the ideology....3/
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11 Oct
Yes, it would be really interesting to see studies involving exposure to political news, and dopamine-related diseases such as Parksinson's.

I’ve referenced the role that excessive dopamine plays in schizophrenia and Parkinson’s related hallucinations and delusions.
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