Homo sovieticus in search of a host.
Yuri Felshtinsky wrote that the reason the love of many Russian immigrants to Trump their racism. I think that a respected historian makes it easier. This is only one of the sources of thrombophilia. Homo sovieticus support trump because his image and rhetoric fit perfectly into a familiar picture of the world.
Putinism inherited images of “our” (USSR, Russia) and “enemy” (the West, USA) from the Soviet past. This traditional worldview of Homo sovieticus. However, there are a lot of anti-Soviet and anti-Putin minded people who can be called a modernized Homo sovieticus. Formally, they cursed the Communist ideology, however, have not overcome it fully, but simply turned inside out: changed plus to minus and minus to plus. All were considered good in the Soviet Union (left, internationalism, atheism, revolution, etc.) have become bad and bad is good (right-wing, nationalism, religion, consumerism, etc.). At the same time preserving the Soviet intolerance, narrow-mindedness, provincialism.
Russian trumpety – most of these upgraded Homo sovieticus. They continued to live in the bipolar world of black and white, rigidly divided into their – and our enemies – foes. The key characters in this great and righteous “we”, opposing the dastardly “enemies”, which is made to dump all the problems, as does trump. The Soviet picture of the world they saved in mirror-inverted form and coincides with the optics of an American President. They just changed from plus to minus: the Communists, leftists, “the oppressed Negroes and Mexicans”, anti-capitalist rebels made an enemy. Right asistolia the Americans, led by billionaire and “shark capital”, as if descended from krokodilushka cartoons from the symbol of the evil of the world turned in the right “our”. Homo sovieticus, who decided that they are right-wing American patriots, needed capitalist “father of Nations”, and they found it in the trump.
Homo sovieticus brought up in slavery. A slave need master. Moreover, slaves are like strong, hard owners (“heavier punishment, but they mile of the Lord”). The right host should be an authoritarian personality. A key element of the world of Homo sovieticus image chemoga the owner, the Patriarchal father of the nation, protecting “us” from “enemies”. For this kind of Russians – it’s Putin, for immigrants – trump. It is quite natural that people who grew up in an authoritarian country, where the authoritarian family is the norm, supported authoritarian personality as head of state.
Recall some of the known characteristics of the authoritarian personality:
- power thinking and the cult of power: thinking in categories such as dominance – submission, strong – weak, leader – followers;
- xenophobia, hatred of intellectuals to humanity;
- authoritarian aggression: a tendency to seek out people that do not respect traditional values, to condemn, reject and punish them;
- identification with images that embody the power; the flaunting of power and coolness;
- projection of their unconscious, instinctive fears on the external world, the desire to see all the enemies and persecutors;
- exaggerated sexual concerns and a penchant for sexual dominance;
- faith in the mystical destiny of their own destiny, predisposition to thinking in rigid categories.
Trump, like Putin, is just perfect with this whole thing. Adorno could use them both as a living illustration of his theory.
Of course, trump’s support not only of former Soviet citizens, but also many ordinary Americans. The fact that the psychology of the Homo sovieticus is not unique. It is a variant of archaic tribal consciousness, equally inherent in redecam patriots from the American heartland, the Soviet Stalinists, post-Soviet social-Darwinists; racists, nationalists, tradicionalistas of all Nations and colors.
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