Phil 8.23.18

7:00 – 5:30 ASRC MKT

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  • Slides
    • Groups/tribes stay the same, but the topics change
    • Past polarizing topics:
      • Confederate statues
      • Kneeling for the national anthem
      • #blacklivesmatter
      • Hoodies
      • Crack cocaine
      • 1968 Olympics Black Power salute
      • Alabama bus boycott
    • Stiffening a group creates a stampede (In-group high SIH)
    • Adding group-invisible diversity disrupts the velocity and direction of a stampede
    • Arendt/Moscovici slide “So we’re doomed, right! Except…”
    • See what velocity of the disrupted stampede looks like
  • Why Trump Supporters Believe He Is Not Corrupt
    • The answer may lie in how Trump and his supporters define corruption. In a forthcoming book titled How Fascism Works, the Yale philosophy professor Jason Stanley makes an intriguing claim. “Corruption, to the fascist politician,” he suggests, “is really about the corruption of purity rather than of the law. Officially, the fascist politician’s denunciations of corruption sound like a denunciation of political corruption. But such talk is intended to evoke corruption in the sense of the usurpation of the traditional order.”
  • Climate science proposals are being reviewed by Ryan Zinke’s old football buddy. Seriously.
    • But what if the corruption isn’t hidden at all, but right out in the open? What if, when it’s identified, the perpetrator doesn’t apologize, or demonstrate any remorse or shame, and there’s no punishment? What then? We don’t really have good narratives around what happens in that situation, which is why the Trump administration so often leaves us sputtering and gawking. It can’t just be a motley collection of incompetent grifters, each misruling their own little fiefdom, trying to stay in their boss’s good graces, succeeding less through wits than a congenital lack of shame and the unstinting institutional support of GOP donors. Can it?

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