I would like to take this opportunity to announce that I am not running for President in 2020. This cuts the current lineup of possible candidates down to 299,999,999.

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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_Mechanarchist This kind of thing is a bit pipe dreamy for me - the kind of thing I would try if massive resources fell in my lap. I think the real plan is to find a way to get people to get together in small groups in real physical space, and talk on a regular basis. That is what I meant by the example of early Christians in the Roman empire. A kind of organic, mycillium-like network that spreads through the society. It doesn't even need a solid ideology, just a commitment to social contact

@The_Mechanarchist When I imagine a large scale idea, this is pretty close. Imagine a city, where the city owns all the land, like a co-op. All property in the city is rented, otherwise, the city operates much like any other. At modest rent rates, the city would take in far more than they ever could from taxation, and use that to provide services to it's people beyond anything seen before. If the people want cool things that don't make much money, they could arrange cheap rents.

@The_Mechanarchist I figure any effect you can have through voting is minor at best. The people at the top have things arranged the way they want it, and those at the bottom seem to instinctively want fascism. I don't have a fully formed idea of what to do, but I think it involves forming networks and building a good society within the rotting one. Oddly, as I am not religious, I think the early Christians in Rome were a good example.

@The_Mechanarchist Most people I know understand that we are screwed, but still see anything that might fix things, as too radical or utopian. I have family in Trump country, and I just don't bother. They are too far gone.

@The_Mechanarchist Saw you on NonCompete's channel. I joined mastodon recently and don't know anyone yet. Trying to convert real life friends, but no luck yet.😎

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