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posted by janrinok on Thursday December 07, @01:05AM   Printer-friendly
from the and-a-polite-discussion-ensued... dept.

Recently published in Journal of Social and Political Psychology by Thomas F. Pettigrew seeks to understand the psychological profile of Trump supporters:

The Trump movement is not singular within the United States (the Know Nothing movement in the 1850s, the Wallace movement in the 1960s, and the more recent Tea Party Movement). Moreover, other democracies have seen similar movements (e.g., Austria's Freedom Party, Belgium's Vlaams Blok, France's National Front, Germany's Alternative for Germany Party (AfD), and Britain's U.K. Independence Party (UKIP).

In virtually all these cases, the tinder especially involved male nativists and populists who were less educated than the general population. But this core was joined by other types of voters as well. Five highly interrelated characteristics stand out that are central to a social psychological analysis – authoritarianism, social dominance orientation, outgroup prejudice, the absence of intergroup contact and relative deprivation.No one factor describes Trump's supporters. But an array of factors – many of them reflecting five major social psychological phenomena can help to account for this extraordinary political event: authoritarianism, social dominance orientation, prejudice, relative deprivation, and intergroup contact.


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  • (Score: 2, Troll) by The Mighty Buzzard on Thursday December 07, @04:00AM (6 children)

    No, I meant "so what?". As in "what business is it of yours how someone chooses to dispose of what they've earned?". Did you go in to the office for them and do their job but they got to keep the pay? By what logic do you think you have claim to what they've earned then? Whether they choose to leave it to their worthless, lazy children or to snort blow off hooker's asses and then use it to light their cigars, it's not a damned bit of your business.

    Also, until you become a flat tax person, don't ever use the word "fairness" when talking about taxes again. It makes you look like an idiot.

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  • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Thursday December 07, @04:36AM

    by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Thursday December 07, @04:36AM (#606642)

    No, I meant "so what?".

    Then my "of course, you continue to be free to say whatever things you like, no matter how wise/clever or stupid" apply.

    It makes you look like an idiot.
    Cultural perspective, I reckon. But, now, if you want to live in that shithole of yours and do nothing to drain it, who am I to object?

  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Demena on Thursday December 07, @05:31AM

    by Demena (5637) on Thursday December 07, @05:31AM (#606660)

    It depends on the definition of "earnt". People can make vast amounts of money in ways that can hardly be described as "earnt". Businessmen are often said to "make money", few say they earn it. To me the use of the tern "earnt" implies sweat of some sort - mind or body. If an famous actor earnt the millions they can negotiate for then a fledgling would "earn" the same - same "work" being done.

    Tl;dr "Having" money, "earning" money and "making" money are three different things with different economic and moral stature.

  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by bradley13 on Thursday December 07, @06:50AM (2 children)

    by bradley13 (3053) Subscriber Badge on Thursday December 07, @06:50AM (#606681) Homepage Journal

    Not sure why TMB's sincere question got marked "troll". TMB asks: No, I meant "so what?". As in "what business is it of yours how someone chooses to dispose of what they've earned?". It's a fair question.

    Y'all will know that I am pretty libertarian in my view. Nonetheless, I am all for an estate tax, preferably a large one. Why? Precisely because of that phrase "...what they've earned".

    In my view, the increasing split between rich and poor is a serious problem for society. And a lot of that split comes from inherited wealth. Inherited wealth is unearned wealth. Anyone who can make themselves a billionaire - more power to them. Passing those billions down, generation to generation? That is a problem, because it creates the upper "1%" class in perpetuity. An estate tax at least puts some sort of a damper on this.

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    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07, @07:24AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07, @07:24AM (#606691)

      Not sure why TMB's sincere question got marked "troll". TMB asks: No, I meant "so what?". As in "what business is it of yours how someone chooses to dispose of what they've earned?". It's a fair question.

      Whoa! The level of ignorance is very deep with this one. One: it is TMB. He has been proven wrong, and is trying to double down. Classical, if not very good, trolling. Second, earned? It is not their's! We gave it to them, and it is only their's as long as the majority of society recognizes it as their's. If we ask for some of it back, for the common good, well, it is no longer their's. This is the problem with libertariantards and Republican'ts and certain ex-pats: they think things can exist independently of the rest of reality. They think they are special and separate islands of sovereign citizenry! But separated from everything, what can one be but a giant sucking black hole of emptyness and property rights?

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07, @07:29AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07, @07:29AM (#606694)

        But separated from everything, what can one be but a giant sucking fullstop black hole of emptyness and property rights?

        FTFY

  • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Friday December 08, @02:02AM

    by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Friday December 08, @02:02AM (#607066)

    I don't get it.
    In your mind, what's the relation between "Some tax breaks favors the rich" (which was the point of my post) with "None of your business how they choose to spend their earnt money?" (which is the point of your "So what? "question).
    Moving goal posts or what?