Sunday, March 6, 2016

No One Knows Why Trump Is Winning. Here’s What Cognitive Science Says.

I thought this Evonomics article below on Donald Trump was good.  The economist George Lakoff explains why Trump is not just popular with many conservatives, but also why some progressives on the left favour him too. The article shows Trump in a positive light and it's interesting to read different points of view.  Evonomics tends to be progressive left. 


Donald Trump is winning Republican presidential primaries at such a great rate that he seems likely to become the next Republican presidential nominee and perhaps the next president. Democrats have little understanding of why he is winning — and winning handily, and even many Republicans don’t see him as a Republican and are trying to stop him, but don’t know how. There are various theories: People are angry and he speaks to their anger. People don’t think much of Congress and want a non-politician. Both may be true. But why? What are the details? And Why Trump?
Many people are mystified. He seems to have come out of nowhere. His positions on issues don’t fit a common mold.

He likes Planned Parenthood, Social Security, and Medicare, which are not standard Republican positions. Republicans hate eminent domain (the taking of private property by the government) and love the Trans-Pacific Partnership (the TPP trade deal), but he has the opposite views on both. He is not religious and scorns religious practices, yet the Evangelicals (that is, the white Evangelicals) love him. He thinks health insurance and pharmaceutical companies, as well as military contractors, are making too much profit and wants to change that. He insults major voting groups, e.g., Latinos, when most Republicans are trying to court them. He wants to deport 11 million immigrants without papers and thinks he can. He wants to stop all Muslims from entering the country. What is going on?


Bob said...

Look at who Trump is running against. Ugh.

Random said...

"Reagan, running on the theme "Let's Make America Great Again," stayed in Detroit's Renaissance Center, at the time the world's tallest hotel, and delivered his acceptance speech at Joe Louis Arena.[2] It remains the only major party national political convention to have been held in Detroit."

Malmo's Ghost said...

Terrific article from a Trump supporter:

Bob said...

Good article except for his bizarre belief that America has been acting in the interest of the rest of the world.