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Posted 6/4/17
I want to discuss my analysis on the current Populism which is arising in response to globalization. In definition, Populism technically means the interest of the ordinary people but the actually definition is more narrow. The Populists are social conservative and they currently have their main support base from the rural communities. The populist goal is to reinstate some aspects of past society into the current society. Bernie Saunders, who lead the economic liberal faction in the Democratic Party, support economic Populism, or the return of US to some past economic system, but oppose populism in non-economic context.

Populism seem to represent marginal groups who have historical dominance. This is in contrast to Communism who represent groups with no history of prestige nor dominance. The Fascism of the early 1900s could be considered Populism but they differ from the current Populism; the Fascists represent the military while the present Populists represent the farmers and industrial workers and business. The Populists of the early 2000s in much of Western Europe tend to be Capitalists but the Populists in Eastern European countries and other non-Western countries tend to be Socialists.

The current Populists tend to have Populist leaders who is unusual among their fellow Populists but this may not characterize the populists in some nations. Donald Trump became a Populist leader of US despite coming from a rich family who own multinational company but there are also unusual Populist leaders in other nations like: the environmentalist, the non-traditional women, and even the homosexual.
The Sakura Quest anime provide an explanation for this this unusual leader selection: the current Populist originate from a historic liberal movement that arise during the economic boom of the 1960s. The historic liberal orientation of the populists may explain why the Anglophone Populist politicians are unique among their populist supporters. This also explain why the populist politicians are individualistic, rebellious, and unorthodox.
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Posted 6/4/17 , edited 6/6/17
Well apparently I am part of the "populous" movement. I supported him for many reasons but to summarize it he was focused on improving the lives of the people who voted him into office. In contrast Hillary was focused on doing stuff for non Americans (be it bombing them or giving them free money).
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Populism isn't about a hearkening back to old values. It's a reliance on promises that resonate with a common thought or wish from the people. Specifically populism is often in reference to politicians that either make promises to various smaller groups (banking on the idea that if they pander to enough of them, it'll make up a majority of the voters, which is a more common approach when the nation is divided), or by making the outlandish promises that cannot possibly be delivered upon ("a chicken in every pot" comes to mind)

Populism works these days because of the media that shapes the public discourse: Tweets of 140 characters or less. One sentence facebook posts. GIFS and JPG meme-ery. Clickbait. The subgenre of clickbait, "Hatebait". 11-15 minute youtube videos (just enough to show an ad), 6 second Vines. Listicles smaller than my testicles.

Fuck man, you can't run an ACTUAL campaign based on anything but sound bits, false promises, and snap decisions.
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Posted 6/11/17 , edited 6/11/17
Donald Trump's slogan, "Make America great again", is a good representation of the populist overall goal. Like the statements from other politicians, his slogan is ambiguous and allow multiple interpretations so it can represent many groups in the social conservative faction.

To the racist white, it can be mean "Make America white again"
To the Evengelical Christian, it can mean "Make America holy again"
To the working husband and house wife, it can mean "Make American gender role traditional again"
To the domestic workers of traditional economy, it can mean "Return America back to the 1960s economy"
To the lawyer of the civil right act, it can mean "Make racism open again" (psychologists had discover that racism did not end after the civil right act; it only become less noticeable)
To the anti-immigrant, it can mean "Make America xenophobic again"
To the social liberal, it can mean "Make America horrible again"
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Posted 6/14/17
I find two links with statistics which can explain the recent rise of populism.

https://www.aei.org/publication/october-2-is-manufacturing-day-so-lets-recognize-americas-world-class-manufacturing-sector-and-factory-workers/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2013/05/01/is-u-s-manufacturing-set-for-a-comeback-or-is-it-all-hype/?utm_term=.1c3e2b87b4aa

This two links show that US manufacturing output increased greatly since 2000. The employment rates also fall dramatically since 2000 especially during two recessions. The manufacturing output recover after the two recessions within a year but the employment rates barely recovered from the two recessions. This raise a question: Why did US experience huge decrease in unemployment despite their rising manufacturing output?
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Populism in US has not become salient before the 2016 election. However, I suspect that Mitt Romney, the Republican leader during 2012, is a populist. During the 2012 election, Mitt Romney attempt to persuade the Jewish Americans to support him instead of Obama as his trump card. He saw the tension between Obama and the Israel state as an opportunity for this plan. His persuation attempts is easily recognized from the mass advertisement campaign that associate Obama with Satanism and Muslim.

Despite this mass campaign, his plan failed miserably due to two flawed assumptions: he assumed that the Jewish Americans are still religious and that they support the Israel state. Many Jewish Americans are actually no longer religious and the Israel state have little concern to most Jewish Americans (this frustrate the Republicans who devote a lot of effort to assist the Israel state). Furthermore, the Jewish Americans also mistrust the Evangelical Christians and they cannot distinguish between the Christains and the Republicans which make the persuation even more difficult. This unexpected outcome result from the unusual political orientation of the Jewish American. The unusual political orientation, in turn, may be connected to the interaction effect between their long history of persecution as Jewish and the historic immigration of Jewish from Eastern Europe who introduce Socialism and Communism into the Jewish American community.

If I were to make theorectical discussion, I would not believe that the Jewish would side with the populist since populism represent groups who have historical prestige. The Jewish are not like those traditional heroic protagonist who live in prosperity and have a long famous family history; their history is marked by persecution, lack of recognition, and grief. The theme in Mekakucity Actors, Clannad, and Lights of the Clione could describe the history of the Jewish in some way.
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Posted 8/8/17
From what I gathered, the bullying against the disabled in Canadian schools may be connected to the populists and Neo nazi by extension. Unlike post-secondary education, many primary and secondary schools in Canada tend to be controlled by the conservatives. I do not know much about the details but I am familiar with two specific cases where a racist European American principal sponsor bullying against an autistic Asian Canadian and make false report to shame the autistic child.

Systematic racism is apparent in the autistic programs in Canadian schools as those programs often select white European American boys with blond hair and blue eyes. Whites without Aryan features and Asian Americans may be accpeted into the autistic programs on rare occaision but they will then receive almost of the discrimination direct toward the autistic. For one extreme example, an Aryan psychopath can freely harass and assault disabled students without getting punished just because the psychopath "cannot tell right from wrong" while the disabled students need to bear with the constant assaults no matter how severe the assault is.

Around the year from 2003 to 2006 at the Bowmore school in Toronto, Canada, a girl want to befriend an autistic Chinese Canadian boy by he does not display social response due to his autism (and possibly due to child abuse). As a result, she keep harassing the autistic boy to gain his attention. The principal at that time is a European American who hate Asian Americans so he encourages the bullying against the Chinese Canadian. The teachers initially stop the bullying but the principal later punish the teachers for stopping the bullying and allow the bullying to occur without restrainment. Due to this, the autistic boy constantly suffer emotional breakdown. The racist principal respond to the emotional breakdown by punishing the autistic boy and then make exaggerating reports about the "misbehavior" of the autistic boy during his emotional breakdown.

The abuse against the autistic become more severe in Toronto from 2000 to 2014 when Rob Ford, a populist leader, suffer from constant public humiliation during his time as mayor. The populists apparently deal with this humiliation by directing all their anger toward the autistic so the abuse towad the autistic is very severe at this time. Like in Bowmore, the Parkdale high school in Toronto allow bullying against the autistic children despite making their promises to keep the autistic children safe. The bullying against the autistic is more severe than that in Bowmore and an autistic student is reported to suffer emotional breakdown everyweek from constant harassment. Parkdale also had a racist Aryan man as the principal who make up false reports to hide the bullying against the autistic and shame the autistic students.

When the parents of the autistic students learn of the false reports in Parkdale, the principal silent the parents by claiming that the school is "under the control of armed gangsters who will shoot you autistic child unless the bullying against the autistic occur without restrainment". Despite this, the principal would also deny the parents' right to change the school of their autistic child and still demand their autistic child to attend the school everyday even with the threat of gun violence. The superintendent of the school help cover up the abuse by lying to the parents and constantly stop them from reporting the abuse to the police even after their child leave the school.
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Posted 8/8/17
I am just here, because I thought it was 21st, actually.
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I want to discuss more about Rob Ford who is stated to be a Canadian populist. Rob Ford get elected as mayor of Toronto city in Canada from the year of (if I remember right) 2010 to 2014. Rob Ford support immigrants but the pro-immigrant policies is a norm for the partisan of the three major parties in Canada due to the political condition; anti-immigration may not be a defining feature of Canadian populists.

As the mayor, he provide countless comedy that is once believed to exist in fiction animation: he violate the great honourable expectation of a leader by being a useless incompetent mayor and the comedy do not seem to be intentional. He once deny his crack addiction in a video but a crack can be seen in the video next to him. He once make a public apology for his inappropriate behaviors as mayor, which include his crack addiction, and promise not to smoke again; on the next day, he is seen drunk. He once claim that he will go to rehab for his crack addiction but the news later reveal that he did not take rehab; he actually travel around Canada to take photos with his buddies. He attempts to embrace some sort of individual empowerment to regain public support but the empowerment apparently did not get fulfilled since he get cancer which eventually killed him.

There is some traits that connect Rob Ford to populism: he seem to value family similar to Donald Trump. Rob Ford is a fat man which is a stigma now but fat people were once valued over skinny people from a century ago. There is also the suspicion that the populist control some primary and secondary schools in Toronto and bring politics into the schools; they apparently take their anger of Rob Ford's humiliation onto the autistic children by sponsor bullying against the autistic and changing the school rules to fit their politics.
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This reminds me of what a pre-med does when he/she doesn't know the answer to a problem on a physics test: the pre-med will write a convoluted essay connecting all the concepts that might possibly be relevant to the problem. The hope is that, somewhere in that mess, at least something was right and will receive some points. The pre-med culture teaches students to be mechanistic in that fashion: to write everything down, solve all the practice problems, and attempt everything feasible. Only very rarely does this work, because possessing information is easy, while understanding how it goes together is hard. The resulting essay is usually quite difficult for the grader to understand, because the grader actually knows physics: for such a person, the pre-med's reasoning feels more magical than physical (indeed, their answers often blatantly contradict the laws of the universe - such does the mind reason when it doesn't know what it's doing). This makes these answers next to impossible to grade.

But politics is not an exam; we don't need to score some number of points in our understanding of what's going on in the world. This is why I think it's better for most people not to say anything: they don't know what they're talking about, so if they talk like they know what they're talking about, they'll only make a bigger mess. The problem is that everyone's selling schemes for understanding things - and selling them as cheap as electrons - when actually understanding things is way beyond the capabilities of the average person. This is how you brainwash people: teach them they understand things they actually don't.

Of course, if what you want to say is that 21st-century politics and life make you feel like you're plummeting into a gas giant of information with the anchor of ignorance tied to your leg, then by all means. I wonder why people don't say that more often.
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I get the news that Doug Ford, the brother of Rob Ford, is now attempting to run for mayor in Toronto of the year 2018. There is evidences of prejudice by Rob Ford toward the autistic people from both his speech and the increased abuse toward the autistic in schools during his time as mayor. If Doug Ford get elected, or even failed miserably in his 2018 run for mayor, then his supporters might end up taking their anger toward the autistic using their high position in the educational sector like the time of Rob Ford as mayor; they will sponsor a lot of severe hate crimes against the autistic and use a lot of politics to stop the autistic children from protecting themselves. Abuses toward the autistic had already exist before Rob Ford became mayor but the abuse worsen after he became mayor.

One psychopathic Canadian populist support bullying against the autistic with a long ranting of strong political arguments and fake evidences. That psychopath state that the bullying is a way to "punish" the autistic children for having emotional outburst and agitated behaviors on the false claim that the autistic engage in emotional outburst and agitated behaviors to cause trauble for personal enjoyment; this is meant to confuse cause and effect since the emotional outbursts came from the constant bullying against the autistic and the agitated behaviors is from the anxiety of gang assault and the highly toxic school culture.

When the principal of the school in question can no longer hide the bullying from the higher authority, they will then find a scapegoat for all the bullying against the autistic and expelled the scapegoat from the school. In a case on Bowmore middle school around 2003, there is one student who is constant bullying the autistic and the scapegoat is an innocent black student. In another cause on Parkdale high school during 2012, the scapegoat is a psychopathic student who did bully the autistic but also get blamed for the bullying from other students as well. The principals from both cases encourage the bullying with their secret policies, which allow bullying against the autistic and make the bullying highly enjoyable, but those principals manage to shift all the blame to the scapegoats.
After expelling the scapegoat, those principals would allow further bullying against the autistic on the claim that they cannot identify the "new" bullies (the further bullying is actually from the old bullies who were never caught). Those principals demand a lot of sympathy toward the scapegoats and then use this sympathy to criticize the autistic children; they claim that the autistic students should never expose the bullying because it would "take away the precious education" of the bullies.
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