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From a Washington Post opinion columnist:

Imagine what it will be like to never have to think about Trump again

Opinion by Eugene Robinson, Columnist
Oct. 1, 2020 at 12:34 p.m. PDT

If you are like me and you watched Tuesday’s debate with a voice in your head screaming make it stop, take heart: We have the power to do just that. We can evict President Trump from the territory he has forcibly seized in our minds. We can — we must — vote him out of our thoughts.

We can remove this awful man from our collective headspace, which he has so thoroughly befouled. We can reclaim our serenity, our equilibrium, our sense 0f common humanity. We can return to a time when it was possible to go hours or even entire days without once thinking about what our president might be saying or doing. We can exhale. …

Think of all the time and energy we all must presently devote to the outbursts driven by Trump’s bottomless appetite for attention. Imagine having that psychic burden lifted. …

Imagine what we could do with the brainpower that is now sucked into Trump’s massive black hole of an ego. …Where might the conversation about systemic racism be able to start without the president questioning whether racism even exists, or ever existed, in the faux-America of his limited imagination?

… Doing so is exhausting, Sisyphean, psychic labor that drains the soul. …

A vote for Biden is more than a vote for sane governance. It is a vote for American sanity, period.

Similarly, nobody ever talks about Emmett Till anymore.

Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff have documented that America appears to be undergoing a mental health crisis dating back to about the beginning of the Great Awokening around 2013: i.e., before Trump. My guess is that the tension generated by the increasingly crazy things you are supposed to believe in order to not get canceled by the Woke is taking its toll. Trump has driven people even crazier by seeming to be immune to the requirements of polite society to be politically correct.

But is Trump really just the Emmanuel Goldstein of the Great Awokening? Will the Two-Minutes Hates be retired when Trump is no longer President?

I dunno …

A second question: what will political journalists do for clicks when Trump is gone? As reporters make this frantic effort to drive Trump from office, how many realize they are sending themselves to the unemployment lines?

 
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  1. A vote for Biden is more than a vote for sane governance. It is a vote for American dementia, period.

    • Agree: NickG
    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Harry Baldwin

    Lyin', plagiarizing Joe has got the dementia vote locked up. Now, if they could only remember what day is election day and whether to vote for Johnson or Goldwater.

    , @Richard B
    @Harry Baldwin


    It is a vote for American dementia, period.
     
    A vote isn't necessary for American dementia. It's already here.

    From the article:


    We can remove this awful man from our collective headspace, which he has so thoroughly befouled.
     
    Who writes like this? That's a rhetorical question, of course. In any event, one obvious takeaway from the article is that expectations are resentments waiting to happen.

    Ever notice the more power they get the more unhappy and hateful they become? Of course, because being near power exposes the fact that, though they're good at infiltration, subversion, radical ingratitude, insane hatred, betrayal, destruction and death, they're no good at social management.

    But they do have power. And they might have more. It's for this reason that we shouldn't laugh at the dinosaurs for getting themselves extinct. After all, they lasted a lot longer than we have so far.

  2. Trump will win reelection. Don Jr and Ivanka will run in 2024. The Democrat candidates will be so awful that the Trumps seem tolerable in comparison. A white ethnonationalist will run in the GOP primaries and blow the Dumps out of the water until Eric publicly murders him (as he said he wanted to do to David Duke). President Trump will pardon Eric and leftists will be fine with it because nazis bad, die nazis die

    • Replies: @BenKenobi
    @AndrewR

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/67/c3/f8/67c3f8115496ad9efa1f163dabb559da.jpg

    , @Michael S
    @AndrewR

    Wow, you sure do have a knack for this. Got any other brilliant predictions? Maybe you could help out with the Powerball numbers. Teach us your ways, wise one.

    , @Ben tillman
    @AndrewR

    That’s the spirit!

    , @The Germ Theory of Disease
    @AndrewR

    None of these things will happen.

    Despite what I or any of you would like to believe, God bows to math.

    Our Best Friends Forever have guaranteed us a civil war.

    , @Mr McKenna
    @AndrewR

    Ramp it up, Andrew! Just love what you've done with the place!

    Meanwhile, Eugene Robinson, who I thought died years ago:


    Where might the conversation about systemic racism be able to start without the president
     
    The 'systemic racism' conversation is an odd thing.
    It's always 'starting' or about to start, but it's also never-ending.
  3. I doubt anything or anyone can befoul Eugene’s headspace more than his own low iq self – it just comes naturally, right bro?

  4. Bush Derangement Syndrome outlasted Bush. Next Question.

    • Replies: @TomSchmidt
    @Farenheit

    I'm still not over that ass. Worst President since Wilson. Recall that he wanted Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court, like his weasel father appointing Souter.

    , @IHTG
    @Farenheit


    Bush Derangement Syndrome outlasted Bush.
     
    Including (or maybe even particularly) on the right, in various forms.
    , @Bragadocious
    @Farenheit

    Ah, but the Bush derangement of, say, 2010 and 2011 has softened quite a bit. He's now seen as the anti-Trump, a decent and dignified man who appears in photo ops with Michael Obama. George W Bush is no racist, unlike Trump. And that's all that matters these days, whether you're a racist or not. It's fine to start insane wars abroad, open the borders to criminals and preside over a financial meltdown, as long as you mouth the correct platitudes on race.

    Maybe it's because Jon Stewart is no longer on TV to mercilessly wreck him every night. People's memories are short.

    Replies: @tyrone, @res

  5. … what will political journalists do for clicks when Trump is gone?

    I dunno, drum up another phony health crisis? Infotainment Panic-Fest 2: COVID-20 v COVID-19. The journalists will be fine.

    You are quite right that these people have got some derangement going on. Just reading from this Robinson guy, I see he thinks about President Trump WAY more than I do, and I keep looking for campaign promise fulfillment.

    BTW, it’s OT, but per VDare today, the President has brought down the allowed refugee acceptance for the year to 15,000. To give you an idea, Obama let 85,000 in one year, and Biden promises he’ll raise the cap to 115,000. Good job, President Trump!

    • Agree: Farenheit
    • Replies: @AnotherDad
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Good for Trump.

    Think about this. Think about the damage that even a single dysfunctional person causes. That's thousands of people who will drag America down, make America more balkanized, take up space, jobs, housing that belongs to your kids.

    Of course the correct number is zero. (Maybe give the President authority to refugee 100 people a year who are genuine political refugees and sympatico with America.) But this is movement in the right direction. Kudos to Trump.

  6. Anonymous[425] • Disclaimer says:

    TDS is really Jewish Panic over white people going their way, or WGTOW. Jewish Power needs whites feeling guilty and seeking redemption by serving Jews(and blacks and homos). Jewish Power calls WGTOW or White Liberation(from Jewish supremacism) as ‘white supremacism’.

    Though Trump is servile to Jews, his populist style and invocation of ‘America First’ and condemnation of Neocon wars made Jews especially angry. But TDS is just the latest manifestation of Jewish Possessiveness of whites. Jews look upon whites like China looks upon Hong Kong: “You belong to us.” But whereas Hong Kong is really part of China, white people shouldn’t belong to Jews. But Jews insist.

    So, TDS existed before Trump and will exist as long as whites allow Jews to own them.

    • Replies: @DCThrowback
    @Anonymous

    correct.

    "you belong to us" but "we don't belong to you" and "we can check out anytime we like, but you can never leave".

    See Gavin Newsom's veto of the Critical Race Theory bill in CA, because, as Eric Striker notes, there was no ((())) carve out, not because it's complete lies and blame whitey-ism.

  7. You think Robinson is deranged? I would say he is a Trump Realist. I am not looking forward to the Harris Administration, but will be relieved when Trump leaves in January.

    • Replies: @Change that Matters
    @Anon

    You have tied your bow tie too tight again.

    , @Ben tillman
    @Anon

    Yeah, nothing relieves stress better than a death sentence.

  8. My guess is that the tension generated by the increasingly crazy things you are supposed to believe in order to not get canceled by the Woke is taking its toll.

    I completely disagree, I think the woke craze is only tangentially related. The other major development since late 2012/2013 has been the complete adoption of smartphones along with app culture—everything from Tinder (it took off around that time), Netflix (ditto), food delivery apps becoming the norm, and most importantly Instagram replacing Facebook with younger people, the latter which was geared towards your own circle whereas the former is geared towards towards everyone presenting themselves to the public.

    Perhaps the rise of app culture and the woke craze are related. But I think it’s app culture that’s driving people insane, particularly young people. Every young girl is now a mini celebrity to her little orbit of followers (whether it be 500 or 500k) via Instagram and life has been atomized and compartmentalized into efficient little packages on your phone. You can now find a new job, find a new mate, order food, consume entertainment, and even track your exercise via your little screen that you carry around with you at all times and never lets you be unplugged from the modern world. The internet in our pockets is a dangerous and unprecedented thing. We did not psychologically evolve to deal with the awareness of thousands of potential mates clicks away and hundreds or thousands of people watching to images of ourselves. I also think the extreme convenience of smartphone world makes life too easy and we did not evolve for that either.

    • Disagree: GoRedWings!
    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    @DextersLabRat

    Nah, Steve's right. It's the cognitive dissonance.

    , @Buzz Mohawk
    @DextersLabRat

    I may elaborate on this video later, but right now I don't have the time:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1sr9x263LM

    There are many who believe that what we are becoming is a positive thing. That may be a naive way of thinking.

    I do think we may be evolving into a kind of Global Brain, as Peter Russel says here and in his book, but I do not think it is a good thing. There is too much destruction of what made us great. Peter Russell may be a fool.

    , @Andrew M
    @DextersLabRat

    From Steve’s “2013” article:


    the rise of smartphones and social media from 2007 onward has made the teenage years a living hell of status anxiety and call-out culture for kids born from 1995 onward
     
    This only accounts for the mental health problems.

    The growing political divide stems from the way social media traps users in an echo chamber. If you dislike Trump, you quickly find yourself seeing posts about Russiagate etc; you’re plunged into a rabbit-hole of Trump conspiracies, and all your friends seem to agree with you.

    This doesn’t happen on the Right: partly because social media companies tilt the scales in a more liberal direction; but also because right-wing ideas are inherently less shareable. Black-attacks-white is just depressing local news: there is no motive other than random violence, no reason to share the story online. White-attacks-black is rare and thus more interesting: we speculate about motives, we look for conspiracies, we discuss it on social media. It’s also an opportunity for status signalling: “look how wealthy I am, I have the luxury of caring about those poor downtrodden blacks”. This is how social media feedback loops inadvertently amplify liberal content.

    Ultimately, there’s a growing disconnect between the real world and what people see on the telescreen in their pockets. That’s the real cognitive dissonance; and as people spend more time online, it just keeps growing.

    Replies: @LondonBob, @Corvinus

    , @Voltarde
    @DextersLabRat

    Somewhat related item:

    Why Writing by Hand Makes Kids Smarter
    https://neurosciencenews.com/hand-writing-smart-kids-17113/

    The Importance of Cursive Handwriting Over Typewriting for Learning in the Classroom: A High-Density EEG Study of 12-Year-Old Children and Young Adults
    Front. Psychol., 28 July 2020 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01810
    https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01810/full

    , @GoRedWings!
    @DextersLabRat


    I also think the extreme convenience of smartphone world makes life too easy and we did not evolve for that either.
     
    Sounds pretty Luddite. The human brain has not evolved to move faster than ca 30 mp/h, yet you probably don't let that keep you from driving or flying, either.
    The internet is another Darwinian filter. Most are smart enough to adapt to it and navigate the pitfalls (like commenting on Unz), the others are culled. And human evolution proceeds...
  9. The reclamation of brainpower that would accompany ceasing to humor the moronic RedLib framework of intersectional Hate Whiteyism would dwarf the energy produced by the sun.

    • Replies: @The King is a Fink
    @ADL Pyramid of Hate

    TDS is like herpes - once you have it, you have it for life. If you can keep bringing up slavery which ended +150 years ago in America, you can keep shitting on Trump indefinitely.

    I do marvel at the mental energy that these people expend to this end. Maybe we could use it as a new measure of time-wasting idiocy. For example: the average American spends 9615 Trumpsecs per day on social media.

  10. @Harry Baldwin
    A vote for Biden is more than a vote for sane governance. It is a vote for American dementia, period.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Richard B

    Lyin’, plagiarizing Joe has got the dementia vote locked up. Now, if they could only remember what day is election day and whether to vote for Johnson or Goldwater.

  11. Trump represented an unexpected obstacle to the process of conquering and displacing American Whites. With him out of the way, the process can proceed apace. There’s no other obstacle on the horizon. Trump will be forgotten once he’s out of power.

  12. They will just go full steam against the source of all evil – white men, and big corps in particular. I expect more dangerous inanity about reparations and various quotas. Oh, and Putin – I think the Cold War will really escalate, it is starting already. Fun times ahead.

  13. @DextersLabRat

    My guess is that the tension generated by the increasingly crazy things you are supposed to believe in order to not get canceled by the Woke is taking its toll.
     
    I completely disagree, I think the woke craze is only tangentially related. The other major development since late 2012/2013 has been the complete adoption of smartphones along with app culture---everything from Tinder (it took off around that time), Netflix (ditto), food delivery apps becoming the norm, and most importantly Instagram replacing Facebook with younger people, the latter which was geared towards your own circle whereas the former is geared towards towards everyone presenting themselves to the public.

    Perhaps the rise of app culture and the woke craze are related. But I think it's app culture that's driving people insane, particularly young people. Every young girl is now a mini celebrity to her little orbit of followers (whether it be 500 or 500k) via Instagram and life has been atomized and compartmentalized into efficient little packages on your phone. You can now find a new job, find a new mate, order food, consume entertainment, and even track your exercise via your little screen that you carry around with you at all times and never lets you be unplugged from the modern world. The internet in our pockets is a dangerous and unprecedented thing. We did not psychologically evolve to deal with the awareness of thousands of potential mates clicks away and hundreds or thousands of people watching to images of ourselves. I also think the extreme convenience of smartphone world makes life too easy and we did not evolve for that either.

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @Buzz Mohawk, @Andrew M, @Voltarde, @GoRedWings!

    Nah, Steve’s right. It’s the cognitive dissonance.

  14. @AndrewR
    Trump will win reelection. Don Jr and Ivanka will run in 2024. The Democrat candidates will be so awful that the Trumps seem tolerable in comparison. A white ethnonationalist will run in the GOP primaries and blow the Dumps out of the water until Eric publicly murders him (as he said he wanted to do to David Duke). President Trump will pardon Eric and leftists will be fine with it because nazis bad, die nazis die

    Replies: @BenKenobi, @Michael S, @Ben tillman, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @Mr McKenna

    • Agree: Mr McKenna
  15. @AndrewR
    Trump will win reelection. Don Jr and Ivanka will run in 2024. The Democrat candidates will be so awful that the Trumps seem tolerable in comparison. A white ethnonationalist will run in the GOP primaries and blow the Dumps out of the water until Eric publicly murders him (as he said he wanted to do to David Duke). President Trump will pardon Eric and leftists will be fine with it because nazis bad, die nazis die

    Replies: @BenKenobi, @Michael S, @Ben tillman, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @Mr McKenna

    Wow, you sure do have a knack for this. Got any other brilliant predictions? Maybe you could help out with the Powerball numbers. Teach us your ways, wise one.

  16. @AndrewR
    Trump will win reelection. Don Jr and Ivanka will run in 2024. The Democrat candidates will be so awful that the Trumps seem tolerable in comparison. A white ethnonationalist will run in the GOP primaries and blow the Dumps out of the water until Eric publicly murders him (as he said he wanted to do to David Duke). President Trump will pardon Eric and leftists will be fine with it because nazis bad, die nazis die

    Replies: @BenKenobi, @Michael S, @Ben tillman, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @Mr McKenna

    That’s the spirit!

  17. @Anon
    You think Robinson is deranged? I would say he is a Trump Realist. I am not looking forward to the Harris Administration, but will be relieved when Trump leaves in January.

    Replies: @Change that Matters, @Ben tillman

    You have tied your bow tie too tight again.

  18. @Anon
    You think Robinson is deranged? I would say he is a Trump Realist. I am not looking forward to the Harris Administration, but will be relieved when Trump leaves in January.

    Replies: @Change that Matters, @Ben tillman

    Yeah, nothing relieves stress better than a death sentence.

  19. anon[316] • Disclaimer says:

    Derangement Syndrome could get worse after Trump. Now, they have someone to focus on as the root of all evil. When he is gone they will have to refocus their hate on someone else.
    The problem with a witch hunt is, that witches aren’t real – you can’t find any. So you have to look harder, and find witchery based on more and more obscure and tenuous evidence.
    Since blacks will continue to fail in the real world, and women will continue to be women, racist sexist witches will have to be blamed for life going on as usual. Racist sexist witches will have to be hunted and found.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
    @anon

    Trump's a lightning rod for anti-white hatred, and he's straight out of Woke Central Casting. Which is his tragedy, ours, and the nation's.

    The Army of the Brainwashed will realize that they don't need a lightning rod, though, and that's when it really gets real.

    Replies: @anon

  20. It’s likely we have some type of insane De-Trumpification process. Anyone who had anything to do with his administration (minus Jared Kushner, of course) will get canceled. Trump, himself, will be put on trial for racism. This De-Trumpification process will culminate with Ibram Kendi’s writings replacing the constitution.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    @JohnnyD

    Da Nu Amerikin Constitushin

    Black people is kangz.

    White people is racist n sheet.

    Give us all yo money white folk. And your wymin.

    The end.

    Signed Ibram "X" Kendi

    , @Travis
    @JohnnyD

    being a Trumpist will be considered far worse than being a racist and easier to prove. In addition the FBI, CIA and IRS will be given free reign to spy on political opponents, spread disinformation via our media. Men far smarter and more evil than Comey will be running the FBI, CIA and the IRS.

    CEOs and other executives who donated to the Trump campaign will be fired. In 2014 the CEO of Mozilla, co-founder Brendan Eich, was dismissed for opposing Gay marriage back in 2008. Seems like an easy way to get rid of the competition , if you have a possibility of being promoted at work. Demonstrate that your co-workers is a Trumpist. It will be a great tool for the sociopaths in corporate America.

  21. I will hate you to your grave and hate on your progeny if you go full boar Socialist.

  22. @DextersLabRat

    My guess is that the tension generated by the increasingly crazy things you are supposed to believe in order to not get canceled by the Woke is taking its toll.
     
    I completely disagree, I think the woke craze is only tangentially related. The other major development since late 2012/2013 has been the complete adoption of smartphones along with app culture---everything from Tinder (it took off around that time), Netflix (ditto), food delivery apps becoming the norm, and most importantly Instagram replacing Facebook with younger people, the latter which was geared towards your own circle whereas the former is geared towards towards everyone presenting themselves to the public.

    Perhaps the rise of app culture and the woke craze are related. But I think it's app culture that's driving people insane, particularly young people. Every young girl is now a mini celebrity to her little orbit of followers (whether it be 500 or 500k) via Instagram and life has been atomized and compartmentalized into efficient little packages on your phone. You can now find a new job, find a new mate, order food, consume entertainment, and even track your exercise via your little screen that you carry around with you at all times and never lets you be unplugged from the modern world. The internet in our pockets is a dangerous and unprecedented thing. We did not psychologically evolve to deal with the awareness of thousands of potential mates clicks away and hundreds or thousands of people watching to images of ourselves. I also think the extreme convenience of smartphone world makes life too easy and we did not evolve for that either.

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @Buzz Mohawk, @Andrew M, @Voltarde, @GoRedWings!

    I may elaborate on this video later, but right now I don’t have the time:

    There are many who believe that what we are becoming is a positive thing. That may be a naive way of thinking.

    I do think we may be evolving into a kind of Global Brain, as Peter Russel says here and in his book, but I do not think it is a good thing. There is too much destruction of what made us great. Peter Russell may be a fool.

  23. @AndrewR
    Trump will win reelection. Don Jr and Ivanka will run in 2024. The Democrat candidates will be so awful that the Trumps seem tolerable in comparison. A white ethnonationalist will run in the GOP primaries and blow the Dumps out of the water until Eric publicly murders him (as he said he wanted to do to David Duke). President Trump will pardon Eric and leftists will be fine with it because nazis bad, die nazis die

    Replies: @BenKenobi, @Michael S, @Ben tillman, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @Mr McKenna

    None of these things will happen.

    Despite what I or any of you would like to believe, God bows to math.

    Our Best Friends Forever have guaranteed us a civil war.

  24. My guess is that the tension generated by the increasingly crazy things you are supposed to believe in order to not get canceled by the Woke is taking its toll. Trump has driven people even crazier by seeming to be immune to the requirements of polite society to be politically correct.

    Position-wise, Trump is really a pretty conventional Republican politician, albeit with, as Steve put it, an “unusual” personality. And that’s the key.

    I think that seeing a self-confident, heterosexual white man who doesn’t hate himself and white people in general coming on the heels of the First Black President, is what put these people over the edge.

    Young and even middle-aged white men are not supposed to be that confident and masculine, so the aging soy boys hate him for being what they are not but deep down wish they were.

    Educated white women hate him because they’ve been brainwashed to hate men like him, but at the same time, the fact that they’re stuck with an aging soy boy husband (or with just their dog) makes things even worse on a subconscious level.

    The Paul Krugmans, Bob Woodwards, Carl Bernsteins, and Dan Rathers of the world are just bitter old men, pining for their glory days of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, when people took them seriously. You can lump this old coot Robinson in with the aforementioned bitter old men.

    And Wikipedia says this Robinson guy is MSNBC’s and NBC’s “chief political analyst.” I bet you get a lot of astute, objective, analysis from this guy.

    • Replies: @Peter Akuleyev
    @Patrick in SC

    Young and even middle-aged white men are not supposed to be that confident and masculine

    But Trump is about as masculine as Liberace. I realized Trump supporters were deranged back in 2015 when people like Chateau kept calling him an Alpha. Trump is obese, slathered in cosmetics, with a Don King hair style, feminine hand gestures and unable to negotiate a set of stairs. Granted, when your competition is Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham you might come off better than you otherwise would.

    And confident? Trump is constantly seeking approval or telling bald faced lies to make himself look better. To me that projects deep, deep insecurity.

    Replies: @Stan Adams, @Thatgirl, @Patrick in SC

  25. It’s 2024: here are your WaPo, Google News, NYTimes headlines:

    Republican Presidential Candidate Refuses To Disavow White Supremacists

    Giant Orange Trump Baby Spotted Outside Portland – Raised By Big Foot?

    Ted Cruz Tragic Death – Was It The Result Of A Massive Comb-Over Failure?

    Republican Presidential Debate Cancelled As All Candidates Suffer From Orange Makeup Allergies

    So, to answer your question, SORRY DEMS, you’ll never hear the end of Trump, Trump, Trumpity Trump. Or did you just THINK you heard somebody say Trump, Trump, Trumpity Trump?

  26. @Farenheit
    Bush Derangement Syndrome outlasted Bush. Next Question.

    Replies: @TomSchmidt, @IHTG, @Bragadocious

    I’m still not over that ass. Worst President since Wilson. Recall that he wanted Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court, like his weasel father appointing Souter.

    • Agree: Servant of Gla'aki
  27. Two things. I thought the girls on Red Scare had it right today when they said that the media are secretly rooting for Trump because they honestly don’t know what they’ll do with themselves without Trump to kick around. Second, they’re in for a surprise if they think that we on the right are going to go back to a milquetoast, Chamber of Commerce, open borders establishment Republican a la Romney or McCain in ‘24 if Trump loses in November. The Republican Party is a nationalist, populist, anti-woke party now.

    • Replies: @Dacian Julien Soros
    @415 reasons

    I think those women are much smarter than they seem when they insert nonsense about the zodiac. Yesterday's episode also mentioned that the masks are mainly a mean to displace responsibility from the authorities to anybody else. "See what happened to you because you didn't wear a mask / the neighbor across the street didn't wear a mask / the Martians didn't wear masks or otherwise had impure thoughts?" It's much easier than providing elderly and the frail with livable isolation conditions.

    I am surprised to see another of their listeners here, at Fash Central.

    To your point, it's obvious media enjoys playing "resistance" against "the villain". The alternation between the two main US parties do not impact their bottom line; continuing as sycophants of the president does. Ask anybody who had to watch TV under Khrushchev. My granddad got so sick of Ceausescu propaganda, he sealed the TV and cancelled the TV licence.

  28. the increasingly crazy things you are supposed to believe in order to not get canceled by the Woke

    That’s nothing compared to the mental strain of having to defend Trump’s lies and corruption and simultaneously claim you believe in the importance and goodness of traditional white American culture. Trump is walking talking proof that whites can be as venal and stupid and incompetent as Al Sharpton.

  29. @Patrick in SC

    My guess is that the tension generated by the increasingly crazy things you are supposed to believe in order to not get canceled by the Woke is taking its toll. Trump has driven people even crazier by seeming to be immune to the requirements of polite society to be politically correct.
     
    Position-wise, Trump is really a pretty conventional Republican politician, albeit with, as Steve put it, an "unusual" personality. And that's the key.

    I think that seeing a self-confident, heterosexual white man who doesn't hate himself and white people in general coming on the heels of the First Black President, is what put these people over the edge.

    Young and even middle-aged white men are not supposed to be that confident and masculine, so the aging soy boys hate him for being what they are not but deep down wish they were.

    Educated white women hate him because they've been brainwashed to hate men like him, but at the same time, the fact that they're stuck with an aging soy boy husband (or with just their dog) makes things even worse on a subconscious level.

    The Paul Krugmans, Bob Woodwards, Carl Bernsteins, and Dan Rathers of the world are just bitter old men, pining for their glory days of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, when people took them seriously. You can lump this old coot Robinson in with the aforementioned bitter old men.

    And Wikipedia says this Robinson guy is MSNBC's and NBC's "chief political analyst." I bet you get a lot of astute, objective, analysis from this guy.

    Replies: @Peter Akuleyev

    Young and even middle-aged white men are not supposed to be that confident and masculine

    But Trump is about as masculine as Liberace. I realized Trump supporters were deranged back in 2015 when people like Chateau kept calling him an Alpha. Trump is obese, slathered in cosmetics, with a Don King hair style, feminine hand gestures and unable to negotiate a set of stairs. Granted, when your competition is Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham you might come off better than you otherwise would.

    And confident? Trump is constantly seeking approval or telling bald faced lies to make himself look better. To me that projects deep, deep insecurity.

    • Agree: Mr. Anon
    • Replies: @Stan Adams
    @Peter Akuleyev

    An alpha is a guy who can attract top-flight women.

    Compare any of Trump's wives with Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama. True, bitches want riches, but look at the dogs that Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Mark Zuckerberg ended up with. Hell, look at Prince Harry's wife.

    Yes, Trump massages his ego all the time. You interpret this as insecurity. But all alphas engage in frequent dominance displays. They face constant challenges to their authority and they have to defend their turf.

    The president has taken quite a beating over the last several years, but it doesn't seem to have worn him down. He's still as sprightly and feisty as ever.

    Look at how much Jimmy Carter aged in office. Then consider that he was only in his 50s at the time.

    Replies: @Peter Akuleyev

    , @Thatgirl
    @Peter Akuleyev


    And confident? Trump is constantly seeking approval or telling bald faced lies to make himself look better. To me that projects deep, deep insecurity.
     
    This comment reminds me of when Marge Simpson tries to explain to Bart that she is cool because she doesn't care about being cool...

    Replies: @Peter Akuleyev

    , @Patrick in SC
    @Peter Akuleyev


    And confident? Trump is constantly seeking approval or telling bald faced lies to make himself look better. To me that projects deep, deep insecurity.
     
    Sure it does.

    Because insecurity projects insecurity. And confidence also projects insecurity. Brilliant!

    Sort of like the psycho babble that anyone who doesn't like homosexuality is actually homosexual themselves.
  30. @DextersLabRat

    My guess is that the tension generated by the increasingly crazy things you are supposed to believe in order to not get canceled by the Woke is taking its toll.
     
    I completely disagree, I think the woke craze is only tangentially related. The other major development since late 2012/2013 has been the complete adoption of smartphones along with app culture---everything from Tinder (it took off around that time), Netflix (ditto), food delivery apps becoming the norm, and most importantly Instagram replacing Facebook with younger people, the latter which was geared towards your own circle whereas the former is geared towards towards everyone presenting themselves to the public.

    Perhaps the rise of app culture and the woke craze are related. But I think it's app culture that's driving people insane, particularly young people. Every young girl is now a mini celebrity to her little orbit of followers (whether it be 500 or 500k) via Instagram and life has been atomized and compartmentalized into efficient little packages on your phone. You can now find a new job, find a new mate, order food, consume entertainment, and even track your exercise via your little screen that you carry around with you at all times and never lets you be unplugged from the modern world. The internet in our pockets is a dangerous and unprecedented thing. We did not psychologically evolve to deal with the awareness of thousands of potential mates clicks away and hundreds or thousands of people watching to images of ourselves. I also think the extreme convenience of smartphone world makes life too easy and we did not evolve for that either.

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @Buzz Mohawk, @Andrew M, @Voltarde, @GoRedWings!

    From Steve’s “2013” article:

    the rise of smartphones and social media from 2007 onward has made the teenage years a living hell of status anxiety and call-out culture for kids born from 1995 onward

    This only accounts for the mental health problems.

    The growing political divide stems from the way social media traps users in an echo chamber. If you dislike Trump, you quickly find yourself seeing posts about Russiagate etc; you’re plunged into a rabbit-hole of Trump conspiracies, and all your friends seem to agree with you.

    This doesn’t happen on the Right: partly because social media companies tilt the scales in a more liberal direction; but also because right-wing ideas are inherently less shareable. Black-attacks-white is just depressing local news: there is no motive other than random violence, no reason to share the story online. White-attacks-black is rare and thus more interesting: we speculate about motives, we look for conspiracies, we discuss it on social media. It’s also an opportunity for status signalling: “look how wealthy I am, I have the luxury of caring about those poor downtrodden blacks”. This is how social media feedback loops inadvertently amplify liberal content.

    Ultimately, there’s a growing disconnect between the real world and what people see on the telescreen in their pockets. That’s the real cognitive dissonance; and as people spend more time online, it just keeps growing.

    • Replies: @LondonBob
    @Andrew M

    It is possible some people aren't able to cope with the full bore manipulation that underlies all the media we consume from the internet, to ads, to television. I mute ads, and avoid much of the news and woke programming and am much happier for it, maybe though people on the left lack this resilience. Here in Britain we have had Trump, Brexit, BLM, Covid 19, Putin, so I think there will always be something. I am not optimistic.

    Replies: @Verymuchalive

    , @Corvinus
    @Andrew M

    "The growing political divide stems from the way social media traps users in an echo chamber. If you dislike Trump, you quickly find yourself seeing posts about Russiagate etc; you’re plunged into a rabbit-hole of Trump conspiracies, and all your friends seem to agree with you. This doesn’t happen on the Right..."

    LOL. Of course it does! A number on the Right flock to the Sailer's and Derbyshires of the world, as well as the blogs and podcasts of the "Dissident Right". They are also subject to the same "indoctrination" and "propaganda".

    Are you being purposely obtuse or downright ignorant, it's hard to tell...

    Replies: @res

  31. But is Trump really just the Emmanuel Goldstein of the Great Awokening? Will the Two-Minutes Hates be retired when Trump is no longer President? I dunno…

    The Left will become crazier regardless of the outcome.

    If Trump wins expect to see rioting that makes the rioting of the last four months look tame by comparison.

    If the Democrats win after a four year temper tantrum it will embolden Democratic politicians in Congress, city halls, and state legislatures. They will feel they can get away with anything. After all, they warned us.

    It’s not a question of if they will act crazier, but where.

    What will also be interesting to see will be – and here’s a term I’m inventing right now, before we even need it – is the Sudden Onset Denial of Science Syndrome (SODS). That’s when your party takes control of government and suddenly realizes that, oh shit!, you need to stop supporting lockdowns and quarantines and get everyone the hell back to work, because if the economy is still in the dumps and everyone still has to wear masks two years from now your party is royally screwed.

    • Troll: Corvinus
    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
    @Wilkey

    How likely are the Republicans to retain the Senate? That seems to be the only hope at this point. If they lose it, all is lost generally speaking. If they maintain it by just a vote or two, it makes kings and queens out of a few 'moderate' 'swing vote' Repubs and that's where the drama will lie in the Biden/Harris admin. Seems to be the most we can hope for at this point. Otherwise it's One-Party State all the way down.

    Replies: @Wilkey

  32. OT: Trumps just tested positive for Covid.

    We may live in interesting times, if we go through a Johnson replay.

  33. “… may be putting themselves out of a job”.
    Well then…… LEARN TO CODE, BITCHES!

  34. Anon[274] • Disclaimer says:

    I have to admit I am puzzled by TDS. It’s like there are whole enclaves where no one ever encountered a white alpha male. Are males of this ilk really becoming that scarce? They used to be all over the place and run everything. All these big city ethnics, who really should have crossed paths with all sorts of people, act so shocked that men like Trump exist. All these people keep acting like Trump’s crazy ex-girlfriend. “WAH! You rejected me! I’m going to destroy you!” Or maybe the problem is, they all know they’re not good enough to be in Trump’s inner circle, and they’re narcissistically enraged about it. Could it really be that deep down, they all want Trump’s attention so it will make them feel important?

    One odd thing about the rioters, though. They show all the behaviors of the classic stalker. They fixate on something or someone, showing up night after night to attack it/them. They try to dox, harass, and get their targets fired. This is all classic stalking behavior. Stalkers are mainly people with inadequate personalities, and considering the freak show of mugshots we’ve been seeing of those arrested in places like Portland, that’s right on the money. There should be forced institutionalization of stalkers and psychological reeducation for them.

    • Agree: Joseph Doaks
    • Replies: @Thatgirl
    @Anon

    Has anyone done a study on whether Trump hate is linked to growing up without a father, or conversely, is Trump hate linked to having an authoritarian father? I could actually see either of these leading to TDS.

    Replies: @Joseph Doaks

  35. @AndrewR
    Trump will win reelection. Don Jr and Ivanka will run in 2024. The Democrat candidates will be so awful that the Trumps seem tolerable in comparison. A white ethnonationalist will run in the GOP primaries and blow the Dumps out of the water until Eric publicly murders him (as he said he wanted to do to David Duke). President Trump will pardon Eric and leftists will be fine with it because nazis bad, die nazis die

    Replies: @BenKenobi, @Michael S, @Ben tillman, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @Mr McKenna

    Ramp it up, Andrew! Just love what you’ve done with the place!

    Meanwhile, Eugene Robinson, who I thought died years ago:

    Where might the conversation about systemic racism be able to start without the president

    The ‘systemic racism’ conversation is an odd thing.
    It’s always ‘starting’ or about to start, but it’s also never-ending.

  36. @Peter Akuleyev
    @Patrick in SC

    Young and even middle-aged white men are not supposed to be that confident and masculine

    But Trump is about as masculine as Liberace. I realized Trump supporters were deranged back in 2015 when people like Chateau kept calling him an Alpha. Trump is obese, slathered in cosmetics, with a Don King hair style, feminine hand gestures and unable to negotiate a set of stairs. Granted, when your competition is Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham you might come off better than you otherwise would.

    And confident? Trump is constantly seeking approval or telling bald faced lies to make himself look better. To me that projects deep, deep insecurity.

    Replies: @Stan Adams, @Thatgirl, @Patrick in SC

    An alpha is a guy who can attract top-flight women.

    Compare any of Trump’s wives with Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama. True, bitches want riches, but look at the dogs that Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Mark Zuckerberg ended up with. Hell, look at Prince Harry’s wife.

    Yes, Trump massages his ego all the time. You interpret this as insecurity. But all alphas engage in frequent dominance displays. They face constant challenges to their authority and they have to defend their turf.

    The president has taken quite a beating over the last several years, but it doesn’t seem to have worn him down. He’s still as sprightly and feisty as ever.

    Look at how much Jimmy Carter aged in office. Then consider that he was only in his 50s at the time.

    • Replies: @Peter Akuleyev
    @Stan Adams

    An alpha is a guy who can attract top-flight women

    And Trump cannot. He married 1. a desperate Czech woman back when any ticket out of the Soviet block was good, 2. an American gold digger 3. a high priced escort from Slovenia. He has to pay porn stars to sleep with him. He has a reputation as a creep who hits on teenagers. He has never been publicly linked to a smart attractive woman with class. Any NBA player does better. Trump is certainly no Henry Kissinger.

    Of course by your standards very few politicians or billionaires qualify as "alphas". Which might mean that the whole concept of applying chimpanzee standards to humans is not that helpful.

    To me Trump comes across as a poorly educated man who is confused most of the time and yells and bellows to hide that fact. Obama and Trudeau are politicians who come across as people who are supremely confident in their innate superiority to everyone else. What is interesting is that being completely confident can make you unlikeable and perceived as arrogant. Actually Trump's innate insecurity is probably a large part of his appeal, and why he can get away with being "anti-elite".

    Replies: @res, @Art Deco, @Hiop

  37. @anon
    Derangement Syndrome could get worse after Trump. Now, they have someone to focus on as the root of all evil. When he is gone they will have to refocus their hate on someone else.
    The problem with a witch hunt is, that witches aren't real - you can't find any. So you have to look harder, and find witchery based on more and more obscure and tenuous evidence.
    Since blacks will continue to fail in the real world, and women will continue to be women, racist sexist witches will have to be blamed for life going on as usual. Racist sexist witches will have to be hunted and found.

    Replies: @Mr McKenna

    Trump’s a lightning rod for anti-white hatred, and he’s straight out of Woke Central Casting. Which is his tragedy, ours, and the nation’s.

    The Army of the Brainwashed will realize that they don’t need a lightning rod, though, and that’s when it really gets real.

    • Replies: @anon
    @Mr McKenna

    The Army of the Brainwashed will realize that they don’t need a lightning rod, though, and that’s when it really gets real.

    Army of Darkness memes will once again be ... groovy ...

  38. @Wilkey

    But is Trump really just the Emmanuel Goldstein of the Great Awokening? Will the Two-Minutes Hates be retired when Trump is no longer President? I dunno…
     
    The Left will become crazier regardless of the outcome.

    If Trump wins expect to see rioting that makes the rioting of the last four months look tame by comparison.

    If the Democrats win after a four year temper tantrum it will embolden Democratic politicians in Congress, city halls, and state legislatures. They will feel they can get away with anything. After all, they warned us.

    It's not a question of if they will act crazier, but where.

    What will also be interesting to see will be - and here's a term I'm inventing right now, before we even need it - is the Sudden Onset Denial of Science Syndrome (SODS). That's when your party takes control of government and suddenly realizes that, oh shit!, you need to stop supporting lockdowns and quarantines and get everyone the hell back to work, because if the economy is still in the dumps and everyone still has to wear masks two years from now your party is royally screwed.

    Replies: @Mr McKenna

    How likely are the Republicans to retain the Senate? That seems to be the only hope at this point. If they lose it, all is lost generally speaking. If they maintain it by just a vote or two, it makes kings and queens out of a few ‘moderate’ ‘swing vote’ Repubs and that’s where the drama will lie in the Biden/Harris admin. Seems to be the most we can hope for at this point. Otherwise it’s One-Party State all the way down.

    • Replies: @Wilkey
    @Mr McKenna

    I haven’t looked at the polls, which are hard to trust anymore. The vast majority of “vulnerable” Senate seats are in what seem to be pretty conservative states. I can see the Dems winning in Colorado, Arizona, and Maine, but Republicans are definitely taking Alabama back. That would still leave the Republicans with 51 seats. We may very well end up with a tied Senate.

    That creates a serious problem for the Democrats. If they barely win control of the Senate and Biden wins the presidency they will barely have the votes to do anything. If they overplay their hand they will probably lose and lose hard in the 2022 midterms.

    Replies: @Mr McKenna

  39. Are you kidding? The Republicans still have Clinton Derangement Syndrome!

    • Replies: @Peter Akuleyev
    @ScarletNumber

    There are Americans who still have Lincoln Derangement Syndrome.

  40. Maybe it was the explosion of pro-White sentiment on the internet around that time? Comment sections were flooded by White advocates. Twitter was awash in pro-White memes.

    Journalists and politicians were getting emails. The ‘White Genocide’ meme went viral.

    I can see it getting in their neurotic little headspace.

  41. We can remove this awful man from our collective headspace, which he has so thoroughly befouled. We can reclaim our serenity, our equilibrium, our sense 0f common humanity.

    Remember – it helps if you yell it.

  42. @Anon
    I have to admit I am puzzled by TDS. It's like there are whole enclaves where no one ever encountered a white alpha male. Are males of this ilk really becoming that scarce? They used to be all over the place and run everything. All these big city ethnics, who really should have crossed paths with all sorts of people, act so shocked that men like Trump exist. All these people keep acting like Trump's crazy ex-girlfriend. "WAH! You rejected me! I'm going to destroy you!" Or maybe the problem is, they all know they're not good enough to be in Trump's inner circle, and they're narcissistically enraged about it. Could it really be that deep down, they all want Trump's attention so it will make them feel important?

    One odd thing about the rioters, though. They show all the behaviors of the classic stalker. They fixate on something or someone, showing up night after night to attack it/them. They try to dox, harass, and get their targets fired. This is all classic stalking behavior. Stalkers are mainly people with inadequate personalities, and considering the freak show of mugshots we've been seeing of those arrested in places like Portland, that's right on the money. There should be forced institutionalization of stalkers and psychological reeducation for them.

    Replies: @Thatgirl

    Has anyone done a study on whether Trump hate is linked to growing up without a father, or conversely, is Trump hate linked to having an authoritarian father? I could actually see either of these leading to TDS.

    • Replies: @Joseph Doaks
    @Thatgirl

    "Has anyone done a study on whether Trump hate is linked to growing up without a father, or conversely, is Trump hate linked to having an authoritarian father?"

    I'm sure those are factors, but in the majority of cases I believe the explanation is much simpler: Trump doesn't make them feel good. Smooth talking liars like Clinton, Obama and Biden make them feel that there's a wise, kindly daddy figure in charge of things---whether they had a great father, an authoritarian father or no father---and that makes them feel safe, secure and protected.

  43. @Peter Akuleyev
    @Patrick in SC

    Young and even middle-aged white men are not supposed to be that confident and masculine

    But Trump is about as masculine as Liberace. I realized Trump supporters were deranged back in 2015 when people like Chateau kept calling him an Alpha. Trump is obese, slathered in cosmetics, with a Don King hair style, feminine hand gestures and unable to negotiate a set of stairs. Granted, when your competition is Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham you might come off better than you otherwise would.

    And confident? Trump is constantly seeking approval or telling bald faced lies to make himself look better. To me that projects deep, deep insecurity.

    Replies: @Stan Adams, @Thatgirl, @Patrick in SC

    And confident? Trump is constantly seeking approval or telling bald faced lies to make himself look better. To me that projects deep, deep insecurity.

    This comment reminds me of when Marge Simpson tries to explain to Bart that she is cool because she doesn’t care about being cool…

    • Replies: @Peter Akuleyev
    @Thatgirl

    But of all the Simpsons Marge actually is the coolest. At least for Seasons 1-8, I quit watching after that.

  44. @Andrew M
    @DextersLabRat

    From Steve’s “2013” article:


    the rise of smartphones and social media from 2007 onward has made the teenage years a living hell of status anxiety and call-out culture for kids born from 1995 onward
     
    This only accounts for the mental health problems.

    The growing political divide stems from the way social media traps users in an echo chamber. If you dislike Trump, you quickly find yourself seeing posts about Russiagate etc; you’re plunged into a rabbit-hole of Trump conspiracies, and all your friends seem to agree with you.

    This doesn’t happen on the Right: partly because social media companies tilt the scales in a more liberal direction; but also because right-wing ideas are inherently less shareable. Black-attacks-white is just depressing local news: there is no motive other than random violence, no reason to share the story online. White-attacks-black is rare and thus more interesting: we speculate about motives, we look for conspiracies, we discuss it on social media. It’s also an opportunity for status signalling: “look how wealthy I am, I have the luxury of caring about those poor downtrodden blacks”. This is how social media feedback loops inadvertently amplify liberal content.

    Ultimately, there’s a growing disconnect between the real world and what people see on the telescreen in their pockets. That’s the real cognitive dissonance; and as people spend more time online, it just keeps growing.

    Replies: @LondonBob, @Corvinus

    It is possible some people aren’t able to cope with the full bore manipulation that underlies all the media we consume from the internet, to ads, to television. I mute ads, and avoid much of the news and woke programming and am much happier for it, maybe though people on the left lack this resilience. Here in Britain we have had Trump, Brexit, BLM, Covid 19, Putin, so I think there will always be something. I am not optimistic.

    • Agree: Joseph Doaks
    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
    @LondonBob

    I got rid of my TV 5 years ago. It had been creeping up on me for years. It started with not being able to listen to TV "News" straight through. Then avoiding it and other "Current Affairs" programmes. Finally, I was watching a very limited range of programmes I actually enjoyed.
    No regrets. No more BBC Licence Fee for a start. No more tedious TV manipulation. If you can handle it, I would recommend this course of action to readers. If not, then yours is the best policy.

  45. @Stan Adams
    @Peter Akuleyev

    An alpha is a guy who can attract top-flight women.

    Compare any of Trump's wives with Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama. True, bitches want riches, but look at the dogs that Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Mark Zuckerberg ended up with. Hell, look at Prince Harry's wife.

    Yes, Trump massages his ego all the time. You interpret this as insecurity. But all alphas engage in frequent dominance displays. They face constant challenges to their authority and they have to defend their turf.

    The president has taken quite a beating over the last several years, but it doesn't seem to have worn him down. He's still as sprightly and feisty as ever.

    Look at how much Jimmy Carter aged in office. Then consider that he was only in his 50s at the time.

    Replies: @Peter Akuleyev

    An alpha is a guy who can attract top-flight women

    And Trump cannot. He married 1. a desperate Czech woman back when any ticket out of the Soviet block was good, 2. an American gold digger 3. a high priced escort from Slovenia. He has to pay porn stars to sleep with him. He has a reputation as a creep who hits on teenagers. He has never been publicly linked to a smart attractive woman with class. Any NBA player does better. Trump is certainly no Henry Kissinger.

    Of course by your standards very few politicians or billionaires qualify as “alphas”. Which might mean that the whole concept of applying chimpanzee standards to humans is not that helpful.

    To me Trump comes across as a poorly educated man who is confused most of the time and yells and bellows to hide that fact. Obama and Trudeau are politicians who come across as people who are supremely confident in their innate superiority to everyone else. What is interesting is that being completely confident can make you unlikeable and perceived as arrogant. Actually Trump’s innate insecurity is probably a large part of his appeal, and why he can get away with being “anti-elite”.

    • Troll: IHTG
    • Replies: @res
    @Peter Akuleyev

    So where does Peter Akuleyev rank in the iSteve TDS troll hall of fame? I'd say he's number 1, but does anyone else have any contenders to propose?

    Replies: @anon

    , @Art Deco
    @Peter Akuleyev

    And Trump cannot. He married 1. a desperate Czech woman back when any ticket out of the Soviet block was good, 2. an American gold digger 3. a high priced escort from Slovenia.

    Ivana had resided in North America for four years at the time she met Donald Trump. She had no need of a green card at that point. Melania was employed as a fashion model, not an escort, and had worked in that trade for 10 years before she met Donald Trump.

    , @Hiop
    @Peter Akuleyev

    Melania is a smart, attractive, woman with class. But you're probably more attracted to fairies like Obama and Trudeau.

  46. @Farenheit
    Bush Derangement Syndrome outlasted Bush. Next Question.

    Replies: @TomSchmidt, @IHTG, @Bragadocious

    Bush Derangement Syndrome outlasted Bush.

    Including (or maybe even particularly) on the right, in various forms.

  47. @Thatgirl
    @Peter Akuleyev


    And confident? Trump is constantly seeking approval or telling bald faced lies to make himself look better. To me that projects deep, deep insecurity.
     
    This comment reminds me of when Marge Simpson tries to explain to Bart that she is cool because she doesn't care about being cool...

    Replies: @Peter Akuleyev

    But of all the Simpsons Marge actually is the coolest. At least for Seasons 1-8, I quit watching after that.

  48. @ScarletNumber
    Are you kidding? The Republicans still have Clinton Derangement Syndrome!

    Replies: @Peter Akuleyev

    There are Americans who still have Lincoln Derangement Syndrome.

  49. what will political journalists do for clicks when Trump is gone?

    They can always write about Emmett Till.

    As reporters make this frantic effort to drive Trump from office, how many realize they are sending themselves to the unemployment lines?

    If Trump loses and takes down the MSM with him, it will be the greatest exit since Samson grasped the pillars upholding the Temple of Dagon, “bowed himself with all his might”, and killed both himself and all the Philistines’ leaders. As long as he don’t let anyone touch his hair, I think he can do it.

  50. I cannot see the TDS folk giving up their addiction that lightly. More likely they will continue blaming everything they disagree with on Trump for years to come. The Democrats, if they win, will milk it as a perfect get-out-of-jail card (Trump rooned the country! how do you expect us to fix it in under a century?) similar to how they’ve buried all criticism of Obama because ‘he had to deal with a hostile Congress’.

    • Replies: @res
    @photondancer

    Agreed. They will be blaming things on Trump for years, if not decades.

  51. Think of all the time and energy we all must presently devote to the outbursts driven by Trump’s bottomless appetite for attention. Imagine having that psychic burden lifted. …

    I don’t have to imagine it: I simply turn off the TV and don’t pick up rags like The Washington Post. Trump isn’t the problem.

  52. @ADL Pyramid of Hate
    The reclamation of brainpower that would accompany ceasing to humor the moronic RedLib framework of intersectional Hate Whiteyism would dwarf the energy produced by the sun.

    Replies: @The King is a Fink

    TDS is like herpes – once you have it, you have it for life. If you can keep bringing up slavery which ended +150 years ago in America, you can keep shitting on Trump indefinitely.

    I do marvel at the mental energy that these people expend to this end. Maybe we could use it as a new measure of time-wasting idiocy. For example: the average American spends 9615 Trumpsecs per day on social media.

  53. @DextersLabRat

    My guess is that the tension generated by the increasingly crazy things you are supposed to believe in order to not get canceled by the Woke is taking its toll.
     
    I completely disagree, I think the woke craze is only tangentially related. The other major development since late 2012/2013 has been the complete adoption of smartphones along with app culture---everything from Tinder (it took off around that time), Netflix (ditto), food delivery apps becoming the norm, and most importantly Instagram replacing Facebook with younger people, the latter which was geared towards your own circle whereas the former is geared towards towards everyone presenting themselves to the public.

    Perhaps the rise of app culture and the woke craze are related. But I think it's app culture that's driving people insane, particularly young people. Every young girl is now a mini celebrity to her little orbit of followers (whether it be 500 or 500k) via Instagram and life has been atomized and compartmentalized into efficient little packages on your phone. You can now find a new job, find a new mate, order food, consume entertainment, and even track your exercise via your little screen that you carry around with you at all times and never lets you be unplugged from the modern world. The internet in our pockets is a dangerous and unprecedented thing. We did not psychologically evolve to deal with the awareness of thousands of potential mates clicks away and hundreds or thousands of people watching to images of ourselves. I also think the extreme convenience of smartphone world makes life too easy and we did not evolve for that either.

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @Buzz Mohawk, @Andrew M, @Voltarde, @GoRedWings!

    Somewhat related item:

    Why Writing by Hand Makes Kids Smarter
    https://neurosciencenews.com/hand-writing-smart-kids-17113/

    The Importance of Cursive Handwriting Over Typewriting for Learning in the Classroom: A High-Density EEG Study of 12-Year-Old Children and Young Adults
    Front. Psychol., 28 July 2020 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01810
    https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01810/full

  54. @JohnnyD
    It's likely we have some type of insane De-Trumpification process. Anyone who had anything to do with his administration (minus Jared Kushner, of course) will get canceled. Trump, himself, will be put on trial for racism. This De-Trumpification process will culminate with Ibram Kendi's writings replacing the constitution.

    Replies: @AndrewR, @Travis

    Da Nu Amerikin Constitushin

    Black people is kangz.

    White people is racist n sheet.

    Give us all yo money white folk. And your wymin.

    The end.

    Signed Ibram “X” Kendi

  55. anon[207] • Disclaimer says:

    Will Trump Derangement Syndrome Outlast Trump?

    Of course it will survive. Each future Republican candidate will be treated as the new Trump. This will only be a simplification, since all Republicans have been treated for years as racists, sexists and homophobes by the media. The illusion promoted for some time that there is a non-Trumpist “good right” will be forgotten.

  56. @JohnnyD
    It's likely we have some type of insane De-Trumpification process. Anyone who had anything to do with his administration (minus Jared Kushner, of course) will get canceled. Trump, himself, will be put on trial for racism. This De-Trumpification process will culminate with Ibram Kendi's writings replacing the constitution.

    Replies: @AndrewR, @Travis

    being a Trumpist will be considered far worse than being a racist and easier to prove. In addition the FBI, CIA and IRS will be given free reign to spy on political opponents, spread disinformation via our media. Men far smarter and more evil than Comey will be running the FBI, CIA and the IRS.

    CEOs and other executives who donated to the Trump campaign will be fired. In 2014 the CEO of Mozilla, co-founder Brendan Eich, was dismissed for opposing Gay marriage back in 2008. Seems like an easy way to get rid of the competition , if you have a possibility of being promoted at work. Demonstrate that your co-workers is a Trumpist. It will be a great tool for the sociopaths in corporate America.

  57. @Mr McKenna
    @Wilkey

    How likely are the Republicans to retain the Senate? That seems to be the only hope at this point. If they lose it, all is lost generally speaking. If they maintain it by just a vote or two, it makes kings and queens out of a few 'moderate' 'swing vote' Repubs and that's where the drama will lie in the Biden/Harris admin. Seems to be the most we can hope for at this point. Otherwise it's One-Party State all the way down.

    Replies: @Wilkey

    I haven’t looked at the polls, which are hard to trust anymore. The vast majority of “vulnerable” Senate seats are in what seem to be pretty conservative states. I can see the Dems winning in Colorado, Arizona, and Maine, but Republicans are definitely taking Alabama back. That would still leave the Republicans with 51 seats. We may very well end up with a tied Senate.

    That creates a serious problem for the Democrats. If they barely win control of the Senate and Biden wins the presidency they will barely have the votes to do anything. If they overplay their hand they will probably lose and lose hard in the 2022 midterms.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
    @Wilkey

    Well I like the way you think and I'll hope that you turn out to be right. My own imaginings aren't so salutary, but then I enjoy tempting fate.

  58. Imagine there’s no Trump,
    I wonder if you can,
    Nothing to live or die for,
    A Brotherhood of Man, and Woman and Transgenders and Non-Binaries.

    John Lennon isn’t dead. He’s the editor of WaPo

  59. @Wilkey
    @Mr McKenna

    I haven’t looked at the polls, which are hard to trust anymore. The vast majority of “vulnerable” Senate seats are in what seem to be pretty conservative states. I can see the Dems winning in Colorado, Arizona, and Maine, but Republicans are definitely taking Alabama back. That would still leave the Republicans with 51 seats. We may very well end up with a tied Senate.

    That creates a serious problem for the Democrats. If they barely win control of the Senate and Biden wins the presidency they will barely have the votes to do anything. If they overplay their hand they will probably lose and lose hard in the 2022 midterms.

    Replies: @Mr McKenna

    Well I like the way you think and I’ll hope that you turn out to be right. My own imaginings aren’t so salutary, but then I enjoy tempting fate.

  60. @LondonBob
    @Andrew M

    It is possible some people aren't able to cope with the full bore manipulation that underlies all the media we consume from the internet, to ads, to television. I mute ads, and avoid much of the news and woke programming and am much happier for it, maybe though people on the left lack this resilience. Here in Britain we have had Trump, Brexit, BLM, Covid 19, Putin, so I think there will always be something. I am not optimistic.

    Replies: @Verymuchalive

    I got rid of my TV 5 years ago. It had been creeping up on me for years. It started with not being able to listen to TV “News” straight through. Then avoiding it and other “Current Affairs” programmes. Finally, I was watching a very limited range of programmes I actually enjoyed.
    No regrets. No more BBC Licence Fee for a start. No more tedious TV manipulation. If you can handle it, I would recommend this course of action to readers. If not, then yours is the best policy.

  61. @Thatgirl
    @Anon

    Has anyone done a study on whether Trump hate is linked to growing up without a father, or conversely, is Trump hate linked to having an authoritarian father? I could actually see either of these leading to TDS.

    Replies: @Joseph Doaks

    “Has anyone done a study on whether Trump hate is linked to growing up without a father, or conversely, is Trump hate linked to having an authoritarian father?”

    I’m sure those are factors, but in the majority of cases I believe the explanation is much simpler: Trump doesn’t make them feel good. Smooth talking liars like Clinton, Obama and Biden make them feel that there’s a wise, kindly daddy figure in charge of things—whether they had a great father, an authoritarian father or no father—and that makes them feel safe, secure and protected.

  62. Many British lefties are still obsessed with “Thatcher”.

    • Replies: @but an humble craftsman
    @Sue D. Nim

    Ànd rightly so.

    She was the gravedigger of merry old england.

  63. @415 reasons
    Two things. I thought the girls on Red Scare had it right today when they said that the media are secretly rooting for Trump because they honestly don’t know what they’ll do with themselves without Trump to kick around. Second, they’re in for a surprise if they think that we on the right are going to go back to a milquetoast, Chamber of Commerce, open borders establishment Republican a la Romney or McCain in ‘24 if Trump loses in November. The Republican Party is a nationalist, populist, anti-woke party now.

    Replies: @Dacian Julien Soros

    I think those women are much smarter than they seem when they insert nonsense about the zodiac. Yesterday’s episode also mentioned that the masks are mainly a mean to displace responsibility from the authorities to anybody else. “See what happened to you because you didn’t wear a mask / the neighbor across the street didn’t wear a mask / the Martians didn’t wear masks or otherwise had impure thoughts?” It’s much easier than providing elderly and the frail with livable isolation conditions.

    I am surprised to see another of their listeners here, at Fash Central.

    To your point, it’s obvious media enjoys playing “resistance” against “the villain”. The alternation between the two main US parties do not impact their bottom line; continuing as sycophants of the president does. Ask anybody who had to watch TV under Khrushchev. My granddad got so sick of Ceausescu propaganda, he sealed the TV and cancelled the TV licence.

  64. @Anonymous
    TDS is really Jewish Panic over white people going their way, or WGTOW. Jewish Power needs whites feeling guilty and seeking redemption by serving Jews(and blacks and homos). Jewish Power calls WGTOW or White Liberation(from Jewish supremacism) as 'white supremacism'.

    Though Trump is servile to Jews, his populist style and invocation of 'America First' and condemnation of Neocon wars made Jews especially angry. But TDS is just the latest manifestation of Jewish Possessiveness of whites. Jews look upon whites like China looks upon Hong Kong: "You belong to us." But whereas Hong Kong is really part of China, white people shouldn't belong to Jews. But Jews insist.

    So, TDS existed before Trump and will exist as long as whites allow Jews to own them.

    Replies: @DCThrowback

    correct.

    “you belong to us” but “we don’t belong to you” and “we can check out anytime we like, but you can never leave”.

    See Gavin Newsom’s veto of the Critical Race Theory bill in CA, because, as Eric Striker notes, there was no ((())) carve out, not because it’s complete lies and blame whitey-ism.

  65. @Peter Akuleyev
    @Stan Adams

    An alpha is a guy who can attract top-flight women

    And Trump cannot. He married 1. a desperate Czech woman back when any ticket out of the Soviet block was good, 2. an American gold digger 3. a high priced escort from Slovenia. He has to pay porn stars to sleep with him. He has a reputation as a creep who hits on teenagers. He has never been publicly linked to a smart attractive woman with class. Any NBA player does better. Trump is certainly no Henry Kissinger.

    Of course by your standards very few politicians or billionaires qualify as "alphas". Which might mean that the whole concept of applying chimpanzee standards to humans is not that helpful.

    To me Trump comes across as a poorly educated man who is confused most of the time and yells and bellows to hide that fact. Obama and Trudeau are politicians who come across as people who are supremely confident in their innate superiority to everyone else. What is interesting is that being completely confident can make you unlikeable and perceived as arrogant. Actually Trump's innate insecurity is probably a large part of his appeal, and why he can get away with being "anti-elite".

    Replies: @res, @Art Deco, @Hiop

    So where does Peter Akuleyev rank in the iSteve TDS troll hall of fame? I’d say he’s number 1, but does anyone else have any contenders to propose?

    • Replies: @anon
    @res

    So where does Peter Akuleyev rank in the iSteve TDS troll hall of fame?

    Pretty high. If he's not #1 gotta be close. Butthurt and Beta is no way to go through life.

  66. @photondancer
    I cannot see the TDS folk giving up their addiction that lightly. More likely they will continue blaming everything they disagree with on Trump for years to come. The Democrats, if they win, will milk it as a perfect get-out-of-jail card (Trump rooned the country! how do you expect us to fix it in under a century?) similar to how they've buried all criticism of Obama because 'he had to deal with a hostile Congress'.

    Replies: @res

    Agreed. They will be blaming things on Trump for years, if not decades.

  67. @Mr McKenna
    @anon

    Trump's a lightning rod for anti-white hatred, and he's straight out of Woke Central Casting. Which is his tragedy, ours, and the nation's.

    The Army of the Brainwashed will realize that they don't need a lightning rod, though, and that's when it really gets real.

    Replies: @anon

    The Army of the Brainwashed will realize that they don’t need a lightning rod, though, and that’s when it really gets real.

    Army of Darkness memes will once again be … groovy …

  68. @res
    @Peter Akuleyev

    So where does Peter Akuleyev rank in the iSteve TDS troll hall of fame? I'd say he's number 1, but does anyone else have any contenders to propose?

    Replies: @anon

    So where does Peter Akuleyev rank in the iSteve TDS troll hall of fame?

    Pretty high. If he’s not #1 gotta be close. Butthurt and Beta is no way to go through life.

  69. @Farenheit
    Bush Derangement Syndrome outlasted Bush. Next Question.

    Replies: @TomSchmidt, @IHTG, @Bragadocious

    Ah, but the Bush derangement of, say, 2010 and 2011 has softened quite a bit. He’s now seen as the anti-Trump, a decent and dignified man who appears in photo ops with Michael Obama. George W Bush is no racist, unlike Trump. And that’s all that matters these days, whether you’re a racist or not. It’s fine to start insane wars abroad, open the borders to criminals and preside over a financial meltdown, as long as you mouth the correct platitudes on race.

    Maybe it’s because Jon Stewart is no longer on TV to mercilessly wreck him every night. People’s memories are short.

    • Replies: @tyrone
    @Bragadocious

    The Bush image rehabilitation was carefully engineered by professionals ………do you really think Ellen wanted to be seen at a ball game with him……it's all FAKE as hell.

    , @res
    @Bragadocious


    George W Bush is no racist, unlike Trump.
     
    The next time someone says that they should be asked their opinion of all the media claims at the time that he was racist. And why we should trust the present day media claims of Trump being racist any more than those.

    It is fun to compare Google searches for (without the quotes) "george bush racist" with and without a time filter limiting results to the time of his presidency.
  70. After Trump they will have to purge the Trump voters, the Irredeemables. No rest for the weary.

  71. @DextersLabRat

    My guess is that the tension generated by the increasingly crazy things you are supposed to believe in order to not get canceled by the Woke is taking its toll.
     
    I completely disagree, I think the woke craze is only tangentially related. The other major development since late 2012/2013 has been the complete adoption of smartphones along with app culture---everything from Tinder (it took off around that time), Netflix (ditto), food delivery apps becoming the norm, and most importantly Instagram replacing Facebook with younger people, the latter which was geared towards your own circle whereas the former is geared towards towards everyone presenting themselves to the public.

    Perhaps the rise of app culture and the woke craze are related. But I think it's app culture that's driving people insane, particularly young people. Every young girl is now a mini celebrity to her little orbit of followers (whether it be 500 or 500k) via Instagram and life has been atomized and compartmentalized into efficient little packages on your phone. You can now find a new job, find a new mate, order food, consume entertainment, and even track your exercise via your little screen that you carry around with you at all times and never lets you be unplugged from the modern world. The internet in our pockets is a dangerous and unprecedented thing. We did not psychologically evolve to deal with the awareness of thousands of potential mates clicks away and hundreds or thousands of people watching to images of ourselves. I also think the extreme convenience of smartphone world makes life too easy and we did not evolve for that either.

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @Buzz Mohawk, @Andrew M, @Voltarde, @GoRedWings!

    I also think the extreme convenience of smartphone world makes life too easy and we did not evolve for that either.

    Sounds pretty Luddite. The human brain has not evolved to move faster than ca 30 mp/h, yet you probably don’t let that keep you from driving or flying, either.
    The internet is another Darwinian filter. Most are smart enough to adapt to it and navigate the pitfalls (like commenting on Unz), the others are culled. And human evolution proceeds…

  72. @Harry Baldwin
    A vote for Biden is more than a vote for sane governance. It is a vote for American dementia, period.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Richard B

    It is a vote for American dementia, period.

    A vote isn’t necessary for American dementia. It’s already here.

    From the article:

    We can remove this awful man from our collective headspace, which he has so thoroughly befouled.

    Who writes like this? That’s a rhetorical question, of course. In any event, one obvious takeaway from the article is that expectations are resentments waiting to happen.

    Ever notice the more power they get the more unhappy and hateful they become? Of course, because being near power exposes the fact that, though they’re good at infiltration, subversion, radical ingratitude, insane hatred, betrayal, destruction and death, they’re no good at social management.

    But they do have power. And they might have more. It’s for this reason that we shouldn’t laugh at the dinosaurs for getting themselves extinct. After all, they lasted a lot longer than we have so far.

  73. @Peter Akuleyev
    @Patrick in SC

    Young and even middle-aged white men are not supposed to be that confident and masculine

    But Trump is about as masculine as Liberace. I realized Trump supporters were deranged back in 2015 when people like Chateau kept calling him an Alpha. Trump is obese, slathered in cosmetics, with a Don King hair style, feminine hand gestures and unable to negotiate a set of stairs. Granted, when your competition is Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham you might come off better than you otherwise would.

    And confident? Trump is constantly seeking approval or telling bald faced lies to make himself look better. To me that projects deep, deep insecurity.

    Replies: @Stan Adams, @Thatgirl, @Patrick in SC

    And confident? Trump is constantly seeking approval or telling bald faced lies to make himself look better. To me that projects deep, deep insecurity.

    Sure it does.

    Because insecurity projects insecurity. And confidence also projects insecurity. Brilliant!

    Sort of like the psycho babble that anyone who doesn’t like homosexuality is actually homosexual themselves.

  74. We’ll find out soon if we’re about to adopt yet another 3rd world custom: defeated politicians having to go into exile in another country because the opposite party and their supporters threaten bodily harm, imprisonment, and/or financial ruin. I can picture Trump being subjected to harassment for the rest of his life, ranging from petty indignities to death threats regardless of what happens next month.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Sgt. Joe Friday

    I can see Trump moving into the Lighthouse at Trump Turnberry in Scotland.

    , @Steve Sailer
    @Sgt. Joe Friday

    I can see Trump moving into the Lighthouse at Trump Turnberry in Scotland.

  75. @Bragadocious
    @Farenheit

    Ah, but the Bush derangement of, say, 2010 and 2011 has softened quite a bit. He's now seen as the anti-Trump, a decent and dignified man who appears in photo ops with Michael Obama. George W Bush is no racist, unlike Trump. And that's all that matters these days, whether you're a racist or not. It's fine to start insane wars abroad, open the borders to criminals and preside over a financial meltdown, as long as you mouth the correct platitudes on race.

    Maybe it's because Jon Stewart is no longer on TV to mercilessly wreck him every night. People's memories are short.

    Replies: @tyrone, @res

    The Bush image rehabilitation was carefully engineered by professionals ………do you really think Ellen wanted to be seen at a ball game with him……it’s all FAKE as hell.

  76. @Bragadocious
    @Farenheit

    Ah, but the Bush derangement of, say, 2010 and 2011 has softened quite a bit. He's now seen as the anti-Trump, a decent and dignified man who appears in photo ops with Michael Obama. George W Bush is no racist, unlike Trump. And that's all that matters these days, whether you're a racist or not. It's fine to start insane wars abroad, open the borders to criminals and preside over a financial meltdown, as long as you mouth the correct platitudes on race.

    Maybe it's because Jon Stewart is no longer on TV to mercilessly wreck him every night. People's memories are short.

    Replies: @tyrone, @res

    George W Bush is no racist, unlike Trump.

    The next time someone says that they should be asked their opinion of all the media claims at the time that he was racist. And why we should trust the present day media claims of Trump being racist any more than those.

    It is fun to compare Google searches for (without the quotes) “george bush racist” with and without a time filter limiting results to the time of his presidency.

  77. @Achmed E. Newman

    ... what will political journalists do for clicks when Trump is gone?
     
    I dunno, drum up another phony health crisis? Infotainment Panic-Fest 2: COVID-20 v COVID-19. The journalists will be fine.

    You are quite right that these people have got some derangement going on. Just reading from this Robinson guy, I see he thinks about President Trump WAY more than I do, and I keep looking for campaign promise fulfillment.

    BTW, it's OT, but per VDare today, the President has brought down the allowed refugee acceptance for the year to 15,000. To give you an idea, Obama let 85,000 in one year, and Biden promises he'll raise the cap to 115,000. Good job, President Trump!

    Replies: @AnotherDad

    Good for Trump.

    Think about this. Think about the damage that even a single dysfunctional person causes. That’s thousands of people who will drag America down, make America more balkanized, take up space, jobs, housing that belongs to your kids.

    Of course the correct number is zero. (Maybe give the President authority to refugee 100 people a year who are genuine political refugees and sympatico with America.) But this is movement in the right direction. Kudos to Trump.

  78. @Sgt. Joe Friday
    We'll find out soon if we're about to adopt yet another 3rd world custom: defeated politicians having to go into exile in another country because the opposite party and their supporters threaten bodily harm, imprisonment, and/or financial ruin. I can picture Trump being subjected to harassment for the rest of his life, ranging from petty indignities to death threats regardless of what happens next month.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Steve Sailer

    I can see Trump moving into the Lighthouse at Trump Turnberry in Scotland.

  79. @Sgt. Joe Friday
    We'll find out soon if we're about to adopt yet another 3rd world custom: defeated politicians having to go into exile in another country because the opposite party and their supporters threaten bodily harm, imprisonment, and/or financial ruin. I can picture Trump being subjected to harassment for the rest of his life, ranging from petty indignities to death threats regardless of what happens next month.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Steve Sailer

    I can see Trump moving into the Lighthouse at Trump Turnberry in Scotland.

  80. @Peter Akuleyev
    @Stan Adams

    An alpha is a guy who can attract top-flight women

    And Trump cannot. He married 1. a desperate Czech woman back when any ticket out of the Soviet block was good, 2. an American gold digger 3. a high priced escort from Slovenia. He has to pay porn stars to sleep with him. He has a reputation as a creep who hits on teenagers. He has never been publicly linked to a smart attractive woman with class. Any NBA player does better. Trump is certainly no Henry Kissinger.

    Of course by your standards very few politicians or billionaires qualify as "alphas". Which might mean that the whole concept of applying chimpanzee standards to humans is not that helpful.

    To me Trump comes across as a poorly educated man who is confused most of the time and yells and bellows to hide that fact. Obama and Trudeau are politicians who come across as people who are supremely confident in their innate superiority to everyone else. What is interesting is that being completely confident can make you unlikeable and perceived as arrogant. Actually Trump's innate insecurity is probably a large part of his appeal, and why he can get away with being "anti-elite".

    Replies: @res, @Art Deco, @Hiop

    And Trump cannot. He married 1. a desperate Czech woman back when any ticket out of the Soviet block was good, 2. an American gold digger 3. a high priced escort from Slovenia.

    Ivana had resided in North America for four years at the time she met Donald Trump. She had no need of a green card at that point. Melania was employed as a fashion model, not an escort, and had worked in that trade for 10 years before she met Donald Trump.

  81. @Peter Akuleyev
    @Stan Adams

    An alpha is a guy who can attract top-flight women

    And Trump cannot. He married 1. a desperate Czech woman back when any ticket out of the Soviet block was good, 2. an American gold digger 3. a high priced escort from Slovenia. He has to pay porn stars to sleep with him. He has a reputation as a creep who hits on teenagers. He has never been publicly linked to a smart attractive woman with class. Any NBA player does better. Trump is certainly no Henry Kissinger.

    Of course by your standards very few politicians or billionaires qualify as "alphas". Which might mean that the whole concept of applying chimpanzee standards to humans is not that helpful.

    To me Trump comes across as a poorly educated man who is confused most of the time and yells and bellows to hide that fact. Obama and Trudeau are politicians who come across as people who are supremely confident in their innate superiority to everyone else. What is interesting is that being completely confident can make you unlikeable and perceived as arrogant. Actually Trump's innate insecurity is probably a large part of his appeal, and why he can get away with being "anti-elite".

    Replies: @res, @Art Deco, @Hiop

    Melania is a smart, attractive, woman with class. But you’re probably more attracted to fairies like Obama and Trudeau.

  82. @Sue D. Nim
    Many British lefties are still obsessed with "Thatcher".

    Replies: @but an humble craftsman

    Ànd rightly so.

    She was the gravedigger of merry old england.

  83. As reporters make this frantic effort to drive Trump from office, how many realize they are sending themselves to the unemployment lines?

    This reminds me of hearing Rush Limbaugh shortly after it was announce Bill Clinton had won the 1992 election. Rush said people were asking him if he was really upset. That it must make him feel badly how things turned out.

    Rush responded, (more or less) “No, I have four to eight years of material ahead.” Rush is never short-sighted.

  84. “Will Trump Derangement Syndrome Outlast Trump?”

    The patently obvious more relevant question is when will Mr. Sailer stop being cagey about Trumpian malfeasance.

  85. @Andrew M
    @DextersLabRat

    From Steve’s “2013” article:


    the rise of smartphones and social media from 2007 onward has made the teenage years a living hell of status anxiety and call-out culture for kids born from 1995 onward
     
    This only accounts for the mental health problems.

    The growing political divide stems from the way social media traps users in an echo chamber. If you dislike Trump, you quickly find yourself seeing posts about Russiagate etc; you’re plunged into a rabbit-hole of Trump conspiracies, and all your friends seem to agree with you.

    This doesn’t happen on the Right: partly because social media companies tilt the scales in a more liberal direction; but also because right-wing ideas are inherently less shareable. Black-attacks-white is just depressing local news: there is no motive other than random violence, no reason to share the story online. White-attacks-black is rare and thus more interesting: we speculate about motives, we look for conspiracies, we discuss it on social media. It’s also an opportunity for status signalling: “look how wealthy I am, I have the luxury of caring about those poor downtrodden blacks”. This is how social media feedback loops inadvertently amplify liberal content.

    Ultimately, there’s a growing disconnect between the real world and what people see on the telescreen in their pockets. That’s the real cognitive dissonance; and as people spend more time online, it just keeps growing.

    Replies: @LondonBob, @Corvinus

    “The growing political divide stems from the way social media traps users in an echo chamber. If you dislike Trump, you quickly find yourself seeing posts about Russiagate etc; you’re plunged into a rabbit-hole of Trump conspiracies, and all your friends seem to agree with you. This doesn’t happen on the Right…”

    LOL. Of course it does! A number on the Right flock to the Sailer’s and Derbyshires of the world, as well as the blogs and podcasts of the “Dissident Right”. They are also subject to the same “indoctrination” and “propaganda”.

    Are you being purposely obtuse or downright ignorant, it’s hard to tell…

    • Replies: @res
    @Corvinus


    Are you being purposely obtuse or downright ignorant, it’s hard to tell…
     
    Projection is a terrible thing.

    But it is entertaining to see such a terrific example of it.
  86. @Corvinus
    @Andrew M

    "The growing political divide stems from the way social media traps users in an echo chamber. If you dislike Trump, you quickly find yourself seeing posts about Russiagate etc; you’re plunged into a rabbit-hole of Trump conspiracies, and all your friends seem to agree with you. This doesn’t happen on the Right..."

    LOL. Of course it does! A number on the Right flock to the Sailer's and Derbyshires of the world, as well as the blogs and podcasts of the "Dissident Right". They are also subject to the same "indoctrination" and "propaganda".

    Are you being purposely obtuse or downright ignorant, it's hard to tell...

    Replies: @res

    Are you being purposely obtuse or downright ignorant, it’s hard to tell…

    Projection is a terrible thing.

    But it is entertaining to see such a terrific example of it.

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