American Nightmare: Donald Trump, Media Spectacle, and by Douglas Kellner

By Douglas Kellner

Explaining the Donald Trump phenomenon is a problem that might occupy serious theorists of U.S. politics for future years. to begin with, Donald Trump received the Republican basic contest and is now a contender within the U.S. Presidential Election simply because he's the master of media spectacle, which he has deployed to create resonant photos of himself in his enterprise occupation, in his attempt to develop into a star and reality-TV famous person, and now his political crusade. extra disturbingly, Trump embodies Authoritarian Populism and has used racism, nationalism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and the worrying underside of yankee politics to mobilize his supporters in his profitable Republican fundamental crusade and within the hotly contested 2016 basic election.

The Trump phenomenon is a teachable moment that is helping us comprehend the adjustments and contour of U.S. politics within the modern second and the position of broadcast media, new media and social networking, and the politics of the spectacle. Trump unearths the specter of authoritarian populism, a phenomenon that's now worldwide in scope, and the risks of the increase to energy of anyone who's hugely harmful, who represents the worst of the 1 percentage billionaire enterprise category who masquerades as a “voice of the forgotten guy” as he advances a political time table that mostly merits the wealthy and the army, and who's a transparent and current risk to U.S. democracy and international peace. The e-book files how Trump’s upward push to international megastar and now political strength is certain up together with his use of media spectacle and the way his use of authoritarian populism has created a mass circulation past his presidency and a chance to the traditions of U.S. democracy in addition to monetary safeguard and global peace.

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Hence, the peril and threats we face in a Trump presidency raises the issue of what does it mean to have an arguably sadistic, excessively narcissistic, malignantly aggressive, vengeably destructive, and necrophilic individual like Trump as president of the United States? If Trump indeed fits Fromm’s criteria of the malignantly aggressive and necrophilic personality, this should be upsetting and raise some serious questions about Trump. Fromm was obsessed for decades about the 38 Donald Trump as Authoritarian Populist: A Frommian Analysis danger of nuclear war and would no doubt be extremely disturbed at the thought of the Donald having his itchy finger on nuclear weapons launching.

As Adele Stan points out: “Much of the [second] night was devoted to demonizing Clinton. Of all people, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was chosen to make the case ‘as a former federal prosecutor’ for why the Democratic presumptive nominee is guilty of crimes and shenanigans. This, just days after Christie’s own close confidante, David Samson, pleaded guilty before a federal judge to one count of bribery for, as Salon’s Robert Hennelly put it, “shaking down United Airlines in his role as chairman of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, a position to which Christie appointed him.

47 Further, there is a disturbing side to Trump, and in the next section I shall use the work of Erich Fromm to engage Trump’s sinister aspects and personality type. S. presidential campaign. 48 I will systematically inventory key Frommian socio-psychoanalytic categories and how they can be applied to Trump to illuminate his authoritarian populism. Trump, in Freudian terms used by Fromm, can be seen as the Id of American politics, often driven by sheer aggression, narcissism, and, rage. If someone criticizes him, they can be sure of being attacked back, often brutally.

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