The systemic promise of populism: you’re no longer alone – I’m with you! And not with them!

What is the Donald Trump phenomenon showing us, systemically? The answers run wide. It’s about reestablishing the position of the masculine man in American society. It’s the white downwardly mobile middle class that wants acknowledgement. It’s the American coal and shale gas industry that does not want to lose position, financing the climate change denial movement, feeding into the support of a candidate like this.

All these explanations are plausible, yet to my understanding they don’t get to the core. Contemplating on populism and the phenomenon of Trump-like candidates my hypothesis is that systemically these candidates are a solution to a state of being, which I’d describe as a feeling of separateness. Meer lezen