How Nazis Win Elections

By Leo Gura - July 20, 2019

If you’re a student of history you’ve probably wondered, “How in the hell did Hitler get democratically elected? It doesn’t make sense that people would willing support a guy like that.”

Well, this is how:

Trumpism is a case study in demagoguery, collective self-deception, group think, cult psychology, ideology, egotism, devilry, ignorance, unconsciousness, selfishness, division, projection, scapegoating, demonization, judgment, denial, self-bias, confirmation bias, corruption, xenophobia, racism, and fear.

All the epistemic stuff we cover in-depth on all comes together in the real world like this.

A toxic brew of the most pathological aspects of Spiral Dynamics stage Red, Blue, and Orange.

You might wonder, But why do people eat it up? Because they are at those same levels of development/consciousness themselves. Birds of a feather flock together. Your politics directly correlates with your values, which correlates with your stage of ego development. You can only vote for a leader as high as your vision can see. So egotistical, ethnocentric people gladly vote for egotistical, ethnocentric leaders, especially when the leader pushes their fear buttons.

Watch out, the 2020 election is going to get very nasty. Trump’s demagoguery will hit an all time high as his ego gets cornered by his own manipulations. One of the hallmarks of a giant ego is that it refuses to yield or admit wrong-doing or defeat. When Trump loses, he will have to deny it to himself and his supporters somehow. And there begins the heavy-duty devilry. There will likely be blood.

This is what happens when a dense ego is put into a position of power. It’s not an issue of left vs right, the issue is density of ego.

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