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Donald Trump Is the First Demagogue of the Anthropocene
He won’t be the last.
ROBINSON MEYER | OCT 19, 2016
I write and report on climate change, not a pursuit that usually encourages optimism, but watching all this unfold with the atmosphere in mind has been particularly bleak. For the past few months in particular, I’ve been thinking: Wow, this is all happening way earlier than I thought it would.
Spend enough time with some of the worst-case climate scenarios, and you may start to assume, as I did, that a major demagogue would contest the presidency in the next century. I figured that the catastrophic consequences of planetary warming would all but ensure the necessary conditions for such a leader, and I imagined their support coming from a movement motivated by ethnonationalism, economic stagnation, and hatred of immigrants and refugees. I pictured, in other words, something not so far from Trump 2016.
I just assumed it wouldn’t pop up until 2040.
This kind of worry is speculative—very speculative—but it is not ungrounded. ...
This stuff is important because we need to understanding what's going with them. I believe it's helpful to appreciate that the faith-based right-wing crowd is being brainwashed to blame other people for all their woes. As their woes increase their fears, rage and need for scapegoats is also increased. They don't have any time or interest in rational discussions. Well at least not until the dust settles, if then.
What will that look like? People will surely survive much longer than today's global social networks. Younger folks who intend to live their full life spans will need to prepare on two fronts. The social front of networking with like minded, dealing with or hiding from others. The physical front of dealing with what Earth's transitioning climate tosses at us. The latter will probably be easier to deal with than the former.