September 28, 2016

The authoritarian personality…

…and Trump

Outsiders are puzzled at the “Trump Phenomenon”. How could a fella exhibiting such outrageous behaviour and rhetoric have a serious chance of becoming the next President of the USA? Do so many Americans really believe they could not only build a 2000mile wall between their country and Mexico – but get the Mexicans to pay for it?? Is he really going to deport 10 million illegal immigrants? Make up with the Klu Klux Klan?

And what about all his histrionics? The pouting and screaming and flailing hands? There are serious people who’ve pointed out that Trump’s cultivation of habits and characteristics of the Italian Fascist leader Benito Mussolini are too eerie and spot on to be coincidental. But the biggest question remains as to why the total package’s being lapped up by millions of Americans?

After all, aren’t they supposed to be the most informed society in the world? With the most pervasive media network that beams information 24/7 into the bedrooms and even bathrooms of Americans so that they can make “informed “’decisions, which we peons in the Third World are supposed to emulate? If people up north could ask, “Who is the Newton of the Hottentots?” to suggest the west is on top of the evolutionary chain in every aspect of human endeavour, are our politicians expected to throw up a Trump in a decade or so?

Well, to be fair, even the folks up north are puzzled and as they are wont to do (Your Eyewitness is wont to use the word “wont”!) they’ve already been studying the phenomenon SCIENTIFICALLY. And just like after one hundred years of looking they finally discovered “gravity waves”, to explain the Trump Phenomenon they’ve just announced its all due to the “authoritarian personality” in the people who are acting like groupies whenever Trump is around. So the fault, dear readers, doesn’t lie with Trump but in the bozos following him.

So what is this “authoritarian personality?” One expert explained it thusly: “When political scientists use the term authoritarianism, we are not talking about dictatorships but about a worldview. People who score high on the authoritarian scale value conformity and order, protect social norms, and are wary of outsiders. And when authoritarians feel threatened, they support aggressive leaders and policies.”

Now to be fair to Trump, the study that showed the extremely strong correlation between the authoritarian personality and fears was done back in 2011. But then that raises the possibility that Trump got hold of the study, (your Eyewitness is sure he reads the American Journal of Politics Science every night to bed) and just tapped into the fears opportunistically, no?

Think about it!

…in Guyana

Even back in the fifties when we were starting to fight for independence (well… at least talking the talk!) the British said we were “politically precocious”. Now that we’ve been educated about the “authoritarian personality” and it’s reflection in the leader they throw up, could it be we’re still “precocious politically” and we already have our Trump in our midst?

Now let’s go through the symptoms as observed over the last few months as Trump trounced and trumped his Republican rivals. The most noteworthy characteristic is the leader says whatever comes to his mouth, without mediating it through his brain. If you can’t think of someone then, dear reader, you should “haul yuh ass!!”

Then, of course, there’s the flailing of hands, foaming at the mouth and screaming at the audience. The picture becoming clearer… or are there still some “snowflakes” as one of the authoritarian leaders complained recently?

But dear reader, don’t be too hard on the leader. Remember, he’s (and it’s always a “he”, no?) just channelling his followers’ fears.

…dismissal of BIGA

The assault by APNU/AFC forces on the local group in Bartica that dared to contest LOCAL Government Elections continues in the wake of the President’s precedence.

This time the local APPOINTED leader said BIGA was “force ripe”!!

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