Post Reply Collectivism in Politicians of Democracy
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Posted 1/19/17
The Western politicians in democratic countries seem to be developing some form of collectivist sub-culture like the East Asians. This collectivism is attributed to the demand of strong alliance with many interest groups and activists on similar power relation. Political alliance is important in election because most voters are uninformed and so can be influenced easily by interest group and activists. The politicians tend to form large coalition which then clustering into two parties to reflect this competition by cooperation with its maximal cooperation and minimal competition. This collectivist tendency is more prominent in the past few decades as new media technology allow the less wealthy population to sustain political campaign. This competition by cooperation occur in Socialist economy and contrast with the competition on free market where wealth and property ownership provides a greater competitive advantage than alliance.

In this competition by cooperation model, the leaders of the major political parties gain their position by uniting their coalition on mutual goals and acting as the middleman. If the leaders can no longer fill this role, then they will risk competition from other members for the leadership. The leaders will create an illusion of cohesiveness within their party to foster a sense of unity. This illusion of cohesiveness threatens their image of diversity to uninformed voters but the influence of the allied politicians on uninformed voters will compensate for the negative image. Conversely, politicians who emphasize their individuality and differentiate themselves from their party can threaten the unity within their party and anger their coalition members; by angering their allies, those individualistic politicians will lose their allies and fall down the social hierarchy due to the lack of alliance.

I can think of a joke story here: “Invisible hand! Why did you make our politicians follow the East Asian mentality? We are Westerners who should follow the individualist mindset and our politicians should represent our individualist cultures. I cannot understand how my East Asianized politicians think. Why do our Western cultures have to be threatened just because we have a fully functional Democracy?”
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Posted 2/9/17
This interdependent perspective can help understand the events in the 2016 US election. For decades. the US major two parties had faced a pressure to shift from the two position of the economic/racial issues to the two position of the cultural/gender issues. However, the politicians had been slowing this reorientation to maintain their alliance. Over these same decades, the Republican Party also suffer from an ideology crisis that cause them to slowly fragment and eventually be taken over by the cultural conservative in the year of 2016. This shift to the cultural conservative cause many cultural liberal members in the Republican coalition to defect into the Democrat coalitions which then cause the Democratic Party to shift from an economic liberal alignment into those of the culturally liberal.
This means that Hillary Clinton, a cultural liberal, is really supporting immigration and that the domestic working class, who support the Democrats before the 2016 election, is now siding with Donald Trump. This perspective can help distinguish a current US politician from an impostor.
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Posted 6/24/17
For historic information, the Democrat is initially a highly diverse groups who all share some similarity as "commoners against the Republican elites"; the initial Democrat coalition include the Jews, the Blacks, and the Southern whites who are racist toward both the Jews and blacks. The Republican at that time are more homogeneous and are mostly composed of Northern white Protestant.
The year of 2016 is really the year when a stable relation between the two parties change; this is the year when most of the Libertarian politicians, who represent the metropolitan business elites and who control many news firm, defect from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party. Due to this event, the Democrats are now representing the more "elite" groups compared to the Republican Party.
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