I have a theory that the whole Trump phenomenon is a weird collaboration between a creepy old man and a whole class of people, both of whom are scared shitless of irrelevance.

The collaboration happens in the form of rallies, where Trump yells out odd things, and the audience reacts. If the reaction is big enough, the odd thing becomes a position.

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Members of the audience who like what Trump said, come to more rallies, and spread the word to others. Those who don't like what he says, don't come back, and warn other people off.

This leads to a big feedback loop racing to the bottom. Trump's odd sayings get more inflammatory and racist, as the audience gets more fearful and self-righteous. As the rallies continue, not just through election time, but continued ever since he started, this forms domestic and foreign policy.

This is why Trump, a man with no discernible ideology or philosophy of his own, has managed to recreate the foundations of fascism, out of whole cloth. He has basically used a recursive function to synch up with the natural constituency of fascism.

This makes it even more frightening, because people try, instinctively, to fight fascism on ideological grounds, when it's roots are much deeper.

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