When society gets pathological the sociopaths seem logical.
Trump’s mixed business record:
Trump Air failed. Trump Hot Air is doing quite well.
Trump Vodka also failed. Trump Snake Oil continues to sell.
Trump University failed in its educational mission. Trump Bullshit continues to misinform millions.
New Trump slogans based upon Trump attributes:
His demeanor: Make America grating again.
His character: Make America greed again.
His age: Make America grayed again.
Trump, the only person who could beat Hillary Clinton and not get convicted.
David Duke endorses Trump. Trump disavows him. Duke approves of Trump’s disavowal. Trump disavows Duke’s approval of his repudiation. This goes on for months.
Trump has led the life of a good Christian prior to their conversion. Evangelicals can relate to that.
Trump’s family is strong. All three of them. He’s a great ex-husband–the kind of man every woman wishes they were no longer married to.
If Trump were to make the White House an actual reality show–live cameras on all the time except for top secret security stuff–I still might not vote for him. But I would definitely watch. The ad money from that show could pay for the whole damn government!
As we plunge into the Apocalypse
Trump’s properties were some of the best in the world.
Until the Sanders Revolution
Americans want a president with good gut instincts. And that’s why we send our kids to school–to develop their guts. (I scored a 750 on the gut instinct part of the SATs, FYI.) And that’s why the first question at every job interview is “How’s your gut?”
School guidance counselor: “Mr. and Mrs. Ordinary, I’m afraid your child has really bad gut instincts. We’re going to have to enroll him in a remedial program run by Trump University.”
• If raising the minimum wage is so bad, lowering the minimum wage will be great! And if we could just eliminate the minimum wage altogether, the result would be Utopian. QEDuhhhh…
• Libertarian / Conservative / Tea Party response to the recent chemical spills in West Virginia and the Dan River, North Carolina:
“See, we don’t need no frikkin’ nanny state! Let business do what they want. The free market will take care of it. That goddamn EPA and their oppressive regulations are killing us!”
• This is what global cooling looks like to a conservative:
You see? Because 1998 was so incredibly hot, it makes all the hot years since 1998 seem like a cool breeze!
• Since it’s obvious that government can’t do anything right, the best defense policy would be to abolish our government-run military and replace it with private warlords.
You think Bill Gates would let his F-35 joint-strike fighter run 150 billion dollars over budget? Hell no!
And what’s with all these government-run roads–wouldn’t it be much more sensible to pay a toll to some rich dude every time you want to drive somewhere?
Jung’s genius was too far in advance of his times–the Katzenjammer Kids are not really the cosmic archetype of humanity that Jung held them to be. Today we know that the KJ Kidz are just archetypes of happy-go-lucky people too young to know that they will grow up to fight for Hitler.
Jung’s other big mistake was that Hedy Lamarr was not that hot.
Then again, maybe Jung was on to something…
But Jung’s basic idea has regained credibility as we develop better archetypes and as we learn the algebra by which these archetypes can be combined to provide more accurate and dynamic psychological representations. Politics, and our “political personality,” being a caricature of reality (a really bad one), are especially reducible to a few fundamental archetypes:
Conservative utopia =
Tea Party vision of Utopia =
Liberal worldview (Being more complicated than conservatives, it takes three TV shows to encapsulate the liberal worldview, not just two):
Radical Feminist = Just Xena
Moderates: You might think they would be even more complicated than liberals, but they too can be summarized in just one TV show: Seinfeld. “Good luck with all that in 2012!”
(c) 2012, Alan Brech