By MAGA I mean the part of the Fox-Trump-GOP who have what psychologists call an authoritarian predisposition.
This isn't the entire Fox-Trump-GOP.
Facts about authoritarian personality from Prof. @Karen_Stenner (formerly Princeton and Duke)
Authoritarians are different from what Stenner calls status quo conservatives.
Authoritarians are averse to complexity.
Conservatives averse to change.
Authoritarians prefer obedience and conformity, “oneness and sameness over freedom and difference.” They like regularity.
Authoritarians can’t [easily] change their personalities. . .
When faced with real or fabricated stories about social conflict or poor leadership, authoritarians become intolerant.
An example of a such a threat is that “Mexicans rapists” are crossing the border to hurt them.
Fox & Trump also persuaded their “base” that Democrats are their enemies because Democrats side with the “others.”
My point here is that the villains are the manipulators and the exploiters, not those who are manipulated and exploited.
They “thrill at his fights with the establishment, seeing him as warrior" on their behalf 👇
As👇points out, logic doesn’t work and confrontation can be dangerous.
“Authoritarians dislike politics and mostly just want to be reassured that all is well.”
When they're not riled or afraid, they basically step down and stop “manning the barricades.”
Quotes from @karen_stenner
“They like quiet, uniform lives. If they're not riled—if they have confidence in their leaders and don’t feel threatened—the concern that they have for the collective can be channeled in constructive ways.” (Stenner)
One way to talk to authoritarians is to “simply, calmly, subtly affirm the shared norm that contradicts Trump’s behavior, ideally without mentioning Trump.” (Stenner)
(Stenner promises to do something similar herself)
Remember the goal: Deactivate the authoritarian dynamic.
Don't try to explain why someone might prefer "happy holidays." (They’re averse to complexity & nuance.)
“Hate Christmas? Ridiculous! Why would someone say that? Someone's trying to turn people against each other.”
You: “Me, too! We must sort them at the border! Those trying to sneak in illegally, Out With Them! The good family ones who have a right to come, let them in legally."
Immigration judges, by the way. . .
Will this get your MAGA neighbors and family to vote Democratic and stop watching FOX?
But it may help decrease the dangerous polarization.
Minty, this includes asylum seekers. There is a legal process. Asylum seekers are not entitled to say unless they meet the criteria. They're entitled to a hearing to determine whether they qualify for asylum (cont) . . .
Democrats are in favor of following the law.
That's gotten a lot harder for me lately.
For me, a "sincere question" is one that comes from the viewpoint that . . .
There are people out there, extremists of all types, who WANT to see violence in America.
Their aim is to subtly push us that direction by persuading people that it's too late, all is lost . . .
I think the idea of a second civil war, being talked about on the far right, is absurd and extremely unlikely.
One goal of the troublemakers is to scare people into thinking it's inevitable, which can become self-fulfilling.
I do like to answer questions, but I can't answer them all. Sometimes good questions get buried and I don't see them.
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