Obamamania & Trumpophrenia: Politics as Mental Disorder
What do the followers of Obama have in common with followers of Trump? Seemingly nothing, but – in truth – just about everything. Kali Tribune’s Department of Mental Health presents the diagnosis of- and recommends the vaccine for Obamamania and Trumpophrenia
“The world’s gone mad.” Those were probably the first words Adam exchanged with Eva when the original human couple took a walk east of Eden and, as it seems, they will continue to echo until the end of the world. The only problem being: when someone says that “the world’s gone mad”, shortly afterwards he adds that it’s “end” is also “at hand.”
These two statements sum up the irresponsibility of the will and all the darkening of the mind needed, in times of real crisis, to incite or even to cause a volcanic eruption of madness.
Whoever observes the American mentality from an outside vantage point is bound to notice that millennialism, which essentially is a decision to wait for the end of the world in order to drown difficult intellectual and moral choices in a mire of simple “all or nothing” choices, is in fact a prevalent religion of this country and its people, regardless of the nominal confession of the given individual.
The first time I noticed just how deeply burrowed is this perversion of the Christian virtue of Hope was in the wake of the inauguration of Barrack Obama, eight years ago.
A person for whom I had enormous respect, not only because of her staunch and authentic moral principles and intelligence, but also because of a certain “street smart” mentality one can acquire only by going through serious life challenges, caught a chronic form of Obamamania.
We are talking about a mental disorder pushing masses into the belief that one man with a murky past can radically change the USA, and as a consequence the whole world, with the one absolutely simple act of taking the seat of President of the world’s sole super power.
Those who, for various reasons, avoided contamination – owing to inborn immunity, or as a result of increased activity of common sense – quickly learned to spot the symptoms. In the case of the person I’m talking about the symptom that pulled me out of puzzled astonishment was a single sentence on the margins of an email message, which I paraphrase: “(…) he (Obama) will reclaim the dignity of good taste.”
That’s when it dawned on me: it was not about the snobbishness of the American liberal – it was about Immanuel Kant.
Transcendental inference of taste is a foundation of Kant’s aesthetics laid out in his Critique of Power of Judgement, a work the person in question was focused on at the time. The correct inference on beauty is inseparable from correct moral judgment, because it apprehends the purpose in nature and points towards the transcendental, i.e. rational, structure of the reality we are immersed in. This means that the very nature of the power of judgment prevents us from inferring that the world is chaotic, ugly and evil. This is fairly in opposition – a dialectical one, because the foundation is the same – to the Schopenhauerian metaphysical pessimism of Neocons whose frenzy America and world were forced to endure throughout the eight years of Bush junior’s mandate.
Yet Obama doesn’t give a toss about this, I thought to myself at the time . It’s unlikely that in the pauses between reading Rules for Radicals, written by Saul Alinsky and dedicated to Lucifer, he skimmed through probably the most difficult of Kant’s three great Critiques.
Eight years of his mandate had proven me right, of course.
However, this is what, in fact, has happened: the person in question simply projected her hopes and her worldview onto Barrack Obama, as if he were a blank screen. Any attempt to point this out to her was – and probably still is – futile. All of her intelligence was in vain in the moment when she got what she wanted. As if in a fairy tale – the impossible wish was granted in her imagination which for her from then on probably replaced reality.
That said, I have to confess that I, although obviously immune to Obamamania, after eight years have remained the same old fool as before.By this I mean that Trumpophrenia caught me by surprise.
For more than two years now I’m cooperating with people from the alt media world, and as a result I had a lot of opportunity to talk to Americans and in general I tend to respect them far more than is usual for the European, especially for the East European – a people who monopolized their cynical intelligence to such an extent that they ruined their economies by focusing solely on the export of wisecracking.
All was well, alt media developed into the new media which will soon probably replace the trash into which the mainstream media has devolved, some very important things were written and said – some collegial relations and even friendships were struck.
And then Donald Trump won the elections.
When I was asked, on American “Internet radio waves”, what do I think about it, I sincerely replied that I felt relief because Hillary the witch, a dyed in the wool representative of globalist liberal establishment and a promoter of the identity policies I have criticized for years, has bitten the dust. Anyway, it was obvious that she is a mentally unstable person capable only of serving as a figurehead for the new waves of lunatic identity policies and the increase of chaos in the Middle East.
During the 48 hours of pleasure I allowed myself to indulge in while observing the abundantly deserved meltdown of the progressives – a meltdown they won’t recuperate from for decades – and the cognitive dissonance of the MSM morphing into parody, I was laughing out loud while watching the icons of the contemporary Left blame everybody for their defeat, everybody but the real culprit – themselves.
Cognitive dissonance is the funniest thing in the world, provided you’re observing it in someone else.
Naturally, I hadn’t initially focused on the less amusing one – my own.
Namely, after two days of Left bashing had passed, I started to reflect on who really supports Trump throughout the wide spectrum of Internet media and analysis outlets. Increasingly, I became aware that Trump, as a symbol of the new global political mentality, is a gathering point, not for Fascism, as Leftists – who would call rain “fascist” if it spoiled their barbecue – would have it, but for so called post-Nazism.
By this term I denote ideas and strategies originated by the so called “Fascist international”, i.e. the multigenerational network of intellectuals and activists united around the idea of creating a “white”, “European” or “Aryan” nation – or as one of their founding fathers F.P. Yockey had put it: creating of Imperium.
Of course, Trump is neither post-Nazi nor Fascist, but he is the figurehead that by its sole existence legitimizes the emergence of this ideology and policy into the public domain. Its main intellectual vehicle is largely the American movement known as the Alt Right which, until recently, represented a loose conglomerate of writers, bloggers and what could generally be called intellectuals covering a wide spectrum from Catholics to neo-Pagans and ultra-Nazis. Now this movement will be going mainstream.
At this point, I could not help but realize that the Alt Right is no longer a loose conglomerate of disparate parts but rather a movement with a fairly monolithic ideology, a clear, publicly visible hierarchy and that it is pervaded with, to say the least, sinister influences, one of them being a Left Hand Path Satanism in its Nazi leaning variety. The mainstream emergence of the Alt Right will therefore be a simultaneous emergence into the mainstream of these influences, which I deem to be essential to Alt Right ideology.
So, we are about to be presented with a new social acceptability, and maybe even a significant rise in cultural and political power, of post-Nazism and LHP Satanism in its elusive varieties.
All this considered, I decided to take a new course for Kali Tribune – a 180 degree turn – from analysis and critique of vaguely Left flavored doctrines like “sustainable development”, political correctness, etc. towards the analysis and critique of post-Nazism, Alt Right, LHP Satanism, etc.
The political pendulum just made the sharp swing to the right and I, as an analyst, am obliged to trace its movement. Trump’s mandate will be notable for at least a symbolic erosion of globalism, and totalitarian globalist doctrines – so there’s no sense in kicking the loser when the winner is going to set his foot on our necks any day now.
However, a number of my American associates were less than happy with this decision of mine. And I soon realized that Obamamania was just an incubation stage of Trumpophrenia.
Until recently polite and, as I believed, decent people started responding to anything even remotely threatening to their political allegiance to the Trump camp with insults; Georgy Soros was finally promoted to the ultimate bogeyman, guilty of all the world’s ills (not that he would mind doing some substantial ill) and the American dominated Internet sphere started to resemble Croatia of the Nineties, when for each and any word delivered against the regime one was dubbed a “Soros’ mercenary” (note to amateur “geopoliticians” who “figured out” the Yugoslav war: the Open Society Foundation consistently promoted forces of unity and not the break-up of Yugoslavia, because nationalists on all sides wanted separation. And all Euro-Atlanticist forces consistently, i.e. from the outset of the war, supported some form of unified Yugoslavia, with Beograd as a centre, fairly in consistency with traditional British and Grand Orient de France policy, dating from late Nineteen/early Twentieth Century. Soros is on the record as having said that this was all a poor investment for him, because beneficiaries of his rather meagre grants spent them on supporting investigations of war crimes instead of on laying the ideological groundwork for a wholesale sell out of ex-Yugoslavia telecommunications and other more or less marketable infrastructure. For the record: I myself never took, nor would ever take, even a dime from the Open Society Foundation). There is also an additional peculiarity: the growing majority of alt media has mutated into the Russian foreign policy outlets, without even realizing this, which is also anything but accidental.
However, by practically excluding myself from the emerging structural hierarchy of Anglophone alt media sphere, I learned an ultimate lesson on the political millennialism spreading from the USA to the rest of the world.
Trumpophrenia is organically connected to Obamamania – it is a rightward swing of the one and the same pendulum which will, probably after another eight years, make a new swing to the left. People suffering from this malady will just continue to parrot “memes” and articles on Soros, LGBTetc., degenerate Left, etc. while the figurehead that will make all this justified will at the same time empower the worldwide growth of all kinds of far Right aberrations, mostly – and most dangerously – the post-Nazism embodied in the leadership of the Alt Right movement.
There’s no reason to hope for the patient’s recovery: Obamamaniacs are still sharing posts and “memes” of slick UN villains, supporting White Helmets in Syria and screaming over the evils of Neoliberalism – a specter everybody has heard of while nobody has ever seen.
We are talking about brain washing across both extremes of the political spectrum, across the opposites which I, from my early youth, see as merely two opposite positions of the one and the same pendulum.
The only prevention for this disease is to note that simple truth, and to live according to it, nothing more and nothing less.
Millennialism is the medium through which the contagion spreads. Therefore, if you suddenly feel the urge for the world to end, for things to start all over again from scratch, then you should know that you may well be at risk. The simplistic cutting of the moral knot, hidden from our sight by the swinging of the pendulum, ends in the terminal loss of mind.
One example will suffice:
And in slightly indirect way, but along the same lines:
Thus spoke an American “traditionalist” Catholic and New born (puritan-) Orthodox. And rest assured that there’s very little chance that one of these two nutcases can be brought back to reason. What is plainly obvious is that they are neither Catholic nor Orthodox but two millennialism preachers rooted firmly in the most warped sectarian tradition of post-Reformation pseudo-Christian denominations. Trump will be Constantine, I’ll be Athanasius and you’ll be … who cares – it’s all about the BELIEVE shriek and waving the Good Book in your face.
There’s hardly a remedy for erasing one’s own shadow, so the situation is probably hopeless for them.
Trumpophrenia is, therefore, a perilous disease not necessarily related to the real political decisions of Donald Trump and his Government, but rather with the media image he projects and it’s apprehension by the masses. We can conclude that it is a mental/moral disorder which is extremely hard or well nigh impossible to treat and it is beneficial for the growth of new and picturesque forms of post-Nazism, post-Fascism and even the not so apparent, but definitely present, Nazi-Satanism which burrowed its way into the Alt Right leadership.
In its dialectical basis it is identical to Obamamania: moreover they’re dependent upon each other; the symptoms are different, but the result is the same: discord, cementing of the differences between people, erosion of Tradition and, most importantly, a mentality of a “new beginning” or “year zero”. It is nothing else but millennialism cum dualism – from a traditional Christian viewpoint, a mother and a father of all heresies. Everything will start anew now when America, and as a consequence the whole world, are divided into camps of the saved and the damned; God or Mammon, Trump or Soros, disunity or death.
It’s not about choice; it’s not about right and left, tradition and counter-tradition. It’s merely a new swing of the pendulum and new phase of the mental disorder combined with chronic apathy – a triumph of irresponsibility and sarcasm which is going to replace political correctness: a moral nominalism proscribing legal sanction for even giving a member of some designated victim group a dirty look could now be replaced by sarcastic insensitivity to all and everybody
And it’s all quite consequent.
For, if we turn our attention to meme wars, the triumph of the Internet underground in the political arena, the inauguration of Frog god – something we already had written about – and few more interesting details we’ll deal with in the future, we’re bound to notice that in the post scriptum of this story there are outlines of something resembling a signature – a firm, soldier’s, handwriting of the institution that spent billions in the last few decades to develop and perfect an operations-oriented or net-centric, asymmetric warfare.
But, that’s altogether another story.
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