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Vashta Nerada BS: Barthes: explanation of Trump's appeal (165* d) RE: BS: Barthes: explanation of Trump's appeal 14 Feb 17

Look again at the essay from the first post:

But why can't voters see that what Trump offers is just an act? As Barthes illustrates, that's asking the wrong question.
It is obvious that at such a pitch, it no longer matters whether the passion is genuine or not. What the public wants
is the image of passion, not passion itself. There is no more a problem of truth in wrestling than in the theater.

This analogy reveals why the attacks on Trump are so ineffective. Recently, Rand Paul and others have taken to calling out Trump
as an "entertainer," rather than a legitimate candidate. This is as effective to running into the middle of the ring during
Wrestlemania and yelling: "This is all fake!" You are correct, but you will not be received well.

This is describing a downward spiral of the American political society. Under this lens, with "normal" politics and Trump politics being equal, "traditional punditry [was] incapable of understanding his appeal." The article was written before he became a candidate. Trump simulacrum as a political statesman was misunderstood by many voters to be real. More than a few French philosophers are turning in their graves at this moment.

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