Donald Trump: Tribal war chief

Donald Trump: Tribal war chief, by Wes Fulton. The Trump phenomenon is perfectly encapsulated by: “if we’re gonna have tribal politics from now on, I want someone who will fight for my tribe.” This lower middle class white guy in the US is feeling it; once society goes tribal, politics is no longer about policies but spoils:

Donald Trump is what a divisive, multicultural, multiethnic democracy looks like. …

Trump’s fans aren’t looking backward — they’re looking forward to America’s future. In fractious multiethnic societies, politics abandons any concerns for abstract principles and devolves into a tawdry spoils system. People look to a leader who promises to fight tooth and nail to deliver their tribe as big a slice of the pie as possible. His specific views on, say, capital gains taxes … are almost entirely beside the point. What matters is that your guy is a Mighty Warrior, who fights for Your People.

Like Lee Kwan Yew of Singapore said: “In multiracial societies, you don’t vote in accordance with your economic interests and social interests, you vote in accordance with race and religion.”

Anyway. If you’re on the left, and this vision horrifies you, I’d say: “Well tough shit. Maybe you shouldn’t have spent the past 30-odd years pushing society in this direction with Political Correctness. Because this is the result.”

In that vein, the author says here that

There is no way I am voting for Hillary Clinton, as she seems to radiate hatred towards people like me: Middle-age, lower-middle-class white dudes who’ve pretty much given up on the possibility that this country will ever care about us again, so all we ask is to just be left alone. Sorry, I am just not going to vote for someone who gives every indication that she thinks I would be worth more to this country if I volunteered to be processed into fertilizer.