Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Trump, Hitler, and Cognitive Dissonance
A recent article in Psychology Today stated that half of all Americans couldn't come up with a sudden demand for $450 in a crisis. Almost everyone now agrees that there are a lot of angry voters out there. on both the right and the left, who supported Trump because they feel that the system has failed them.
Many people haave compared Trump to Hitler However, the most important reason that Trump does not pose as much of a danger as Hitler did is obvious. Hitler was a much better speaker! He even made use of lighting, symbols, and audience involvement to drive home his points. Here, with English subtitles, is one of his classic speeches.
Note that after Hitler boasts to his cheering supporters that he has eliminated all sources of political opposition, Deputy Fuehrer Rudolf Hess strode to the platform at the conclusion of his speech, and ecstatically proclaimed that the Party was Hitler, and Hitler and Germany were one, thereby making Hitler's power absolute.
Trump's power is far from absolute. But why have his followers been so loyal that they have made the Republican Party the Party of Trump? For many people, Trump is a strongman who appeals to their insecurities. Once an emotional commitment has been made, there is a powerful force called cognitive dissonance, which makes us reluctant to admit that we have been wrong., This is what doomed Hitler's followers to eventual destruction because they could not admit that their leader was a pathological narcissist. Here, is a clinical description of a narcissist and how to talk to one. Judge for yourself whether, and how well, Trump fits this description.