Sadopopulism explains how oligarchy—those who seek to have both power and wealth—stay in power.
It works like this: Sadopopulist leaders enact policies designed to inflict suffering on the people . . .
The leader directs that suffering into anger at the "enemies" (immigrants, minorities, migrants seeking asylum, Democrats, etc."
Think how many families this will hurt.
When families can't afford the medical bills, they'll be thrown into poverty.
Loved ones will die unnecessarily.
See how clever this is? Trump enacts legislation that (1) makes him richer, (2) hurts his constituents and (3) keeps his base enraged.
He's the strongman protecting them from minorities who are displacing them and beggars at the gates who want to take what they have.
Yup. "Many Americans" = Whites who feel dispossessed.
The repeal of Obamacare part of a larger pattern of policies and legislation specifically designed to inflict suffering on the very people who put Trump into office.
Now that it's clear the Trump administration is working to repeal all parts of the ACA, you might expect his base to dislike discovering that he lied to them.
Nope. They don't mind at all!
Scholars Hahl, Kim, and Sivan, in “The Authentic Appeal of the Lying Demagogue” explain why Trump’s base loves it when he lies.
They will cheer—even though many of them will suffer when Trump makes it harder for them to get health care.
They cheer the strongman who hurts them and who lies to them because they think he's "protecting them" and hurting their enemies more.
There you have it, folks: Sadopopulism.
Nope. There's solid evidence that the Nazis redistributed much of their plunder to the German people. 20th century fascists thus differ from the 21st century variety . . .
I often apply "fascism" to what we're seeing today, but there are distinctions between 20th and 21st century fascists.
The concept of Sadopopulism captures the distinction.