Opinion | The Trump Voters Whose ‘Need for Chaos’ Obliterates Everything Else - The New York Times
it's been apparent for a couple decades now to anyone who's spent time in social spaces online that our internet oversamples, and provides an organizing framework for, undersocialized, unsocialized, and antisoocial people
Fascism is nihilism
Opinion | The Trump Voters Whose ‘Need for Chaos’ Obliterates Everything Else - The New York Times ⁦⁩ with an insightful & frightening column that should inspire all of us to reform our politics to foster true democracy
The Trump Voters Whose ‘Need for Chaos’ Obliterates Everything Else (drawing on research by evolutionary political psychologists).
This story on “chaos-seekers” in the American electorate describes an actually scary work of political science research.
The "chaos-incitement" theory of politics has disturbing power, writes
If chaos is their goal, their methods are working pretty well.
This is a very interesting read about a paper which "argues that a segment of the American electorate that was once peripheral is drawn to “chaos incitement” and that this segment has gained decisive influence through the rise of social media."
"‘need for chaos’ correlates positively with sympathy for Trump but also — although less strongly — with sympathy for Sanders." --
At the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, the winner of the best paper award in the Political Psychology division was for research about a segment of the U.S. electorate drawn to “chaos incitement.” This is where we are today...
Digging into the existential crisis >> The authors describe “chaos incitement” as a “strategy of last resort by marginalized status-seekers,” willing to adopt disruptive tactics. <<
Thomas Edsall | The Trump Voters Whose 'Need for Chaos' Obliterates Everything Else - The New York Times
An interesting NYT column on the research of The Trump Voters Whose ‘Need for Chaos’ Obliterates Everything Else
“The authors find that those who... have a ‘need for chaos’ express that need by... spreading disinformation. Their goal is not to advance their own ideology but to undermine elites, left and right, and to ‘mobilize others against politicians in general.’”
Need for chaos & other explanations for Trump support from #APSA2019, summarizes
What percentage of our population is so dissatisfied with American democracy that they would rather "burn it to the ground" than try to improve it? Apparently very large. There is despair at the root of this desperation. We need be able to hear it.
Thomas B. Edsall on 'Need for Chaos' voters.
Fascinating discussion of the psychology behind Trump supporters. The ‘Need for Chaos’ Obliterates Everything Else