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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

Jed Legum wrote the piece and excerpted from Barthes' essay in which Barthes wrote about wrestling vs boxing. Barthes was a philosopher and culture critic who died in 1980, about the time that Trump was palling around with Roy Cohn, so if he had written about Trump, it would probably have been in the context of choosing a better quality of mentor.

The "well-off elite" - you don't even know who that is. You don't seem to recognize that the western middle class white male, when compared to the rest of the world, IS the well-off elite, even though he thinks his standard of living is being diminished because women and minorities are FINALLY rising as far as income and fair treatment. A crass over-simplification of a shifting society where for centuries conservative white men (and some of their women) have had the upper hand, now comes down to those individuals deciding that everything can be solved (for them) if a clown is put in office instead of someone with drive and intellect. From another essay about Barthes:

"Mythologies" is often an angry book, and what angered Barthes more than anything was "common sense," which he identified as the philosophy of the bourgeoisie, a mode of thought that systematically pretends that complex things are simple, that puzzling things are obvious, that local things are universal in short, that cultural fantasies shaped by all the dirty contingencies of power and money and history are in fact just the natural order of the universe. The critic's job, in Barthes's view, was not to revel in these common-sensical myths but to expose them as fraudulent. The critic had to side with history, not with culture. And history, Barthes insisted, "is not a good bourgeois." 1

The altruistic political movement today is multicultural, has educated men in conjunction with lots of women and previously marginalized minorities; it is educated, and I suspect you're as dismissive of education as you are liberal politics.

"Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." --Isaac Asimov

Bread and circuses.

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