Recent anti-Donald protests are hugely important, although maybe not for the reason you think.
I keep wanting to write an article on how similar Donald is to the Big Men of Africa, and I keep losing the will to live whenever I start … After all, the South African Truth Commission final report is a public document. If you want to know how this ends, go read it.
However, don’t think that he’s starting a new fascist state. This is about ties of blood.
If you look to Zimbabwe, Kenya, Nigeria … any of the places ruled by Big Men … they work with what they have to create a support base. The best way to do that is tribalism. Create an in-group derived from your own tribe. Then bind that tribe to you. And you do that through violence.
The in-group must be told they are superior to the out-group. Change the law to subject the out-group to brutal discrimination and suppression. Ensure that there is real violence.
Let it simmer.
The in-group knows that they have done wrong, and what they most fear is the revenge of the out-group. As soon as this situation is in place, the Big Man begins his main task: looting the state. What he cannot steal for himself and his family, he will ensure his friends get.
Welcome to crony-capitalism.
The in-group gets nothing at all for their support. Their loyalty is based exclusively on the knowledge that they are complicit in the torture and brutality, and their fear of ever facing justice for that brutality. The more brutal the tyrant, the greater the support from a tremendously fearful in-group.
And the worst-case scenario for where such behaviour gets you is Syria where Assad’s Alawite in-group preferred to commit genocide on his behalf rather than permit majority rule.
However, one thing that is extremely important is for a significant proportion of those who could join the in-group to refuse to do so.
The protests of the last few weeks are not important as a means to end Donald’s rule. They’re important to ensure that the out-group does not become hardened in its position and seek to exact revenge on the in-group when the roles are reversed.
This is critical and is the main reason South Africa – with its very brutal in-group during Apartheid – managed to transition to majority rule without a civil war.
Keep up those protests …