Un­rav­el­ing Trump’s Con­spir­acy Fetish

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL - By Stephen Eric Bron­ner

Aday or two ago, a friend qui­etly in­formed me that our “Mus­lim” pres­i­dent was the fig­ure­head for a ca­bal con­trolled by the “trea­sury re­serve” that was ma­nip­u­lat­ing the elec­tion while pro­vid­ing Rus­sia with hack­ing tech­niques in­tended to de­stroy our coun­try. My friend was a sup­porter of Don­ald Trump whose crit­ics, he be­lieved, were part of the con­spir­acy. That the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign was rigged seemed ob­vi­ous to him. My friend is not an isolated case. He re­flects a more gen­eral out­look in which crit­i­cal events are re­duced to machi­na­tions oc­cur­ring be­hind the scenes that are or­ches­trated by hid­den malev­o­lent forces. In my re­cent book, The Bigot, I called this ‘con­spir­acy fetishism’.

Con­spir­a­cies have oc­curred in the past, and they will surely oc­cur in the fu­ture. But, for the con­spir­acy fetishist, all of his­tory is the prod­uct of an in­vis­i­ble and in­scrutable ca­bal. The more pow­er­ful the con­spir­acy the more it is hid­den from plain sight. The lack of hard ev­i­dence only con­firms its ex­is­tence. Every­thing is (again) hap­pen­ing be­hind the scenes: in­tim­i­da­tion, de­cep­tion, bribery, and even mur­der! How else could Obama, who was (sup­pos­edly) not even born in the United States, have be­come pres­i­dent? And isn’t it strange that the state of­fi­cial who ver­i­fied his health cer­tifi­cate should have died in a plane crash? And what about the pres­i­dent’s re­fusal to talk about “rad­i­cal Is­lam?” “Maybe” he and his lackey, Hil­lary Clinton, aren’t “re­ally” in­ter­ested in fight­ing ter­ror­ism?

Is there proof? No need. In­fer­ence should suf­fice. And, if it doesn’t, per­haps in­vert­ing the truth will do the trick: “Every­one” knows, af­ter all, it was the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s poli­cies that cre­ated ISIS; that the pres­i­dent has re­fused to bomb its strongholds; that he has pro­vided them with weapons; and that, through lack of “vet­ting” im­mi­grants, he has al­lowed ISIS ter­ror­ists to en­ter the coun­try in droves.

Ar­gu­ments to the con­trary are just lies and pro­pa­ganda. Since hard ev­i­dence is never avail­able, the fetishist can ar­range his “facts” ar­bi­trar­ily so that they jus­tify his claims. Any­one can have a le­git­i­mate opin­ion on any­thing. Trump likes to say that he is only rais­ing ques­tions, ini­ti­at­ing dis­cus­sion, and whis­tle-blow­ing. But he is ac­tu­ally spark­ing ru­mors that heighten para­noia and dis­tinc­tions between “us” and “them.” There is no need for knowl­edge or specifics. “Be­lieve me!” he cries—and that should be that!

Con­spir­acy fetishism pro­vides in­vis­i­ble links between in­vis­i­ble part­ners in an in­vis­i­ble ca­bal. Con­spir­acy fetishism ex­plains every­thing; the con­spir­acy fetishist is re­spon­si­ble for noth­ing. No one is more in­no­cent than the vic­tim of such a con­spir­acy or more evil than those in­tent upon con­fus­ing sim­ple hard-work­ing peo­ple about what they know is true, namely, that a once peace­ful, pros­per­ous, and happy com­mu­nity is van­ish­ing: we no longer even know who we re­ally are. Whether im­mi­grants, women, and peo­ple of color en­joyed the ben­e­fits of that imag­ined com­mu­nity is again ir­rel­e­vant. Their re­cent protests only go to show that they have been ma­nip­u­lated or, more omi­nously, that they have be­come part of the con­spir­acy that com­mands ev­ery pow­er­ful in­sti­tu­tion and—above all—the gov­ern­ment bu­reau­cracy.

So im­mense is the con­spir­acy, so evil are its aims, that it of­ten has an oth­er­worldly qual­ity. Thus, many prom­i­nent fetishists con­nect Hil­lary with Lucifer and Obama with the Mahdi or the Anti-Christ. Con­demned by the es­tab­lish­ment, yet strug­gling valiantly against its de­prav­ity, the con­spir­acy fetishist feels he is fight­ing a lonely bat­tle for the truly in­sulted and gen­uinely marginal­ized. His para­noid logic re­flects that of the true be­liever, the ra­bid xeno­phobe, or the smug knowit-all. So what? Giv­ing “voice” to their fear and anger, he can see him­self as so­ci­ety’s sav­ior— the hero of his own ar­ti­fi­cially con­structed drama. That is why (ac­cord­ing to Don­ald Trump) only Don­ald Trump can save us now.

Con­spir­acy fetishism pro­vides in­vis­i­ble links between in­vis­i­ble part­ners in an in­vis­i­ble ca­bal. The GOP can­di­date gives cre­dence to base­less fear ev­ery chance he gets.

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