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4 Aug
At 3:20 mark, Carlson plants a subtle/implicit "seed" where he associates the protection/safety of "families" w/Hungarian Right Wing Authoritarianism. This resonates with "Authoritarian Followers", & may be an attempt to groom his "base"/viewers with his version of "I alone....1/
....can fix this", because if he can normalize/valorize Right Wing Authoritarianism abroad, it carries more appeal here. 2/
The Hungary trip (aside from potentially being a reason/retroactive justification if/when he was caught speaking w/foreign enemies) is especially interesting when viewed through the lens of Carlson criticizing the GOP for not being Authoritarian enough. 3/
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4 Aug
Thread: "Carlson’s characterization of the Left being “Totalitarian” is essentially an attempt to frame it (“it” being the Right’s fascism) as: “If everyone is authoritarian, then no one is authoritarian”….because authoritarianism will become normalized".
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28 Jul
The Right hero-worships a sociopathic narcissist...twice impeached for undermining the democracy... who homicidally mismanaged a pandemic that killed 600K+ people to protect his personal interests.....

...but they have a problem with Simone Biles b/c she's a "selfish sociopath".
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28 Jul
Two threads on confirmation bias/polarization/tribalization/cults/conspiracy theory susceptibility.......one analyzing cognitive processes involved when people are presented with evidence on both sides of an issue: 1/
Two threads on confirmation bias/polarization/tribalization/cults/conspiracy theory susceptibility.......one analyzing cognitive processes involved when people are presented with evidence on both sides of an issue: 2/
...and the second thread applying an addiction model to confirmation bias/polarization/tribalization/cults/conspiracy theory susceptibility......
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27 Jul
This brings to mind the rhetoric of the Bush 43 presidency:

"They hate us because of our freedom"

This probably exists an entirely different level as tens of millions of Americans refuse a live saving vaccine that much of the rest of the world doesn't have access to.
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We are not hated because of our freedom.....but to the extent that we are "hated", it's because we are a country of decadence, arrogance, and ignorance:

While much of the world starves, we eat for sport (competitive eating)

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10best.com/interests/food…
...and while much of the world is at risk of dying from a pandemic from which they lack adequate vaccine supplies.....

....Tens of millions of Americans engage in freedom-fetishizing, anti-vax, culture-war "virtue-signaling", performative obstinance: 3/

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19 Jul
Interesting analysis of “mobbing phenomenon”, with parallels drawn to American politics.

It brings to mind the dangerous interplay between "authoritarian followers” and “vertically power-structured” institutions that exist within a “horizontally power-structured” democracy...1/
According to Altemeyer’s research, 20-30% of a population will have an authoritarian personality.

Authoritarian personalities are drawn to “vertical power structures”….which are a strict hierarchical structure where power emanates from the top-down. 2/ theauthoritarians.org
The article above analyzes a corporate environment. I've used the term "corporate creatures" to describe those who thrive in and exploit the corporate structure and the cut-throat ecosystem.

Corporate creatures are often authoritarian personalities/followers who...3/
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17 Jul
The other aspect (thread) is that the Right appeals to more primitive regions in the brain (amygdala/emotion/fear), which causes impulsive/instinctive reactions.....whereas the Left appeal to the cerebral cortex (policy/logic)....which is less motivating.
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16 Jul
Trump's short-sightedness caused him to fail to see the potential gain with masks. Even amidst the anti-vax hysteria, the Right....while defying the "physics" of logic...still attempts to credit Trump for the development of vaccines they refuse to take.
Trump's short-sightedness caused him to fail to see the potential gain with masks. Even amidst the anti-vax hysteria, the Right....while defying the "physics" of logic...still attempts to credit Trump for the development of vaccines they refuse to take.
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16 Jul
Trump in a 2019 Breitbart interview:

"I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of Bikers for Trump. I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough...until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad"...1/
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16 Jul
"insurrection gonna insurrection"??

Sounds awfully similar to @megynkelly's dismissal of Trump's incompetence and treason:
Thread from 2019 Breitbart interview where Trump tipped his hand to insurrection: 3/
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16 Jul
Two threads analyzing the continued belief/support of Trump/Trumpism. The first analyzes confirmation bias/tribalism/cult psychology/conspiracy theories through an addiction model, and the other analyzes the Right's manipulation of the neuropsychological fear response: 1/
A thread analyzing confirmation bias/tribalism/cult psychology/conspiracy theories through an addiction model: 2/
A thread analyzing the Right's manipulation of the neuropsychological fear response: 3a/
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16 Jul
Five years into one of the worst eras in the country's history, and people still are oblivious to Trump's disorders. Trump is incapable of being the "calm, moderate candidate". He is pathologically predisposed to create chaos. And that is what he did...
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16 Jul
Carlson incites millions of constituents to "revenge vote" against any Republican who doesn't engage in "performative obstinance"...and then criticizes them for being inept/bad at governing.
He may be planting a seed for, "I alone can fix this", POTUS run.
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15 Jul
It actually started in 2016. From a 2018:

"There will be violence. That's probably what would have occurred if Trump hadn't "won" the election b/c he'd already convinced his base that the system was rigged. His election, & perhaps imminent removal, only delayed the violence...".
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15 Jul
Yes from a 2019 thread:
"...in Trump’s mind, you only "lose" if you fail to avoid losing: ...the pathological belief that the only limits to “winning” are those placed on his willingness to lie, cheat, and steal.....to whatever extreme extent that will allow him to avoid “losing”
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15 Jul
A 2019 thread analyzing Trump and Putin:

"Trump’s insecurity-based ego-vulnerabilities makes him an easily manipulated adversary. They use flattery to win him over, because they know he will cave and make concessions if he thinks they like him." 1/

A 2019 thread analyzing Trump and Putin:

"Trump’s insecurity-based ego-vulnerabilities makes him an easily manipulated adversary. They use flattery to win him over, because they know he will cave and make concessions if he thinks they like him." 2/

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12 Jul
This is Trump's implicit message:

"Since the elections are rigged, and therefore delegitimate....political power no longer lies in those who can gain it by vote........it lies in those who can take it by force."

Thread:
This is Trump's implicit message:

"Since the elections are rigged, and therefore delegitimate....political power no longer lies in those who can gain it by vote........it lies in those who can take it by force."

Thread:
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11 Jul
Trump politicized Covid at his 3/28/20 "hoax" rally. From that point on, every position the Right has taken on Covid...from masks to vaccines...is in political opposition to their "enemies".

Eradicating Covid through vaccination is not only a political victory for Biden...1/
...but it highlights the homicidal mismanagement of the pandemic by Trump. Therefore, the Right is politically/tribally *required* to oppose the vaccines.

If Trump was in office, the Right would be vaccinated at levels that mirror or exceed Trump's support/approval levels...2/
...and the same people who are demagoguing the vaccines, and all rational efforts to procure "herd vaccination"....would be falling over themselves promoting Trump as the greatest president in history for his stewardship of vaccine development/roll out...as evidenced by MTG: 3/ Image
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10 Jul
Yes, potentially, as analyzed here: "Another factor may be that by believing in conspiracy theories, people allow themselves to embrace two cognitively dissonant ideas....(Narcissism and Victimhood)"....1/
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10 Jul
Thread analyzing manipulation of neuropsychological fear response:
"Demagogues incite people to fear minor “threats” to status/wealth/lifestyle.

As a result, “threats” to a white, Christian, unregulated gun-owning society is equated to literal existential threats to survival" 1/
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