How is politics pro-wresting?
- It’s fake, most of the people are lying and often the enemies are friends in the locker room (though in the history of pro-wrestling real fights break out amongst the giant, steroid infused alpha-males because they’re all vying for attention from the promoter and the fans for more money).
- It’s fun. Most of the people are doing it for fun/because they like it.
- It’s based on spectacle.
- It’s tribal. People get so emotionally attached to personae that principle, results, and data have very little to do with their allegiance to this or that person/party.
- People think it’s real.
- People get hurt in real life because of it.
This explains Trump’s rise (what happens below is a description of Trump in terms of pro-wrestling, not in terms of political support, policy, or morality):
- He admited it’s all fake and then started claiming to hate the people he pretended to befriend in the locker room (Clinton’s, etc). This way he can lie with a twinkle in his eye and his fans love him for it.
- He’s clearly having fun. And he’s been sued for having American flags too big for city ordinances on his properties…so he may (whether he’s right or wrong) really be a patriot. And because his character (him in real life?) loves high stakes games, he’s playing really hard.
- Trump creates spectacle on purpose…he even released a tape of himself pretending to be his own public relations manager to create controversy a few weeks ago.
- Trump, like Hillary with women, has decided to act as a tribal leader. But his act attempts to make him the leader for every caste of Americans who feel cheated by politics and Wall Street. In fact, I’ve checked his twitter mentions and people tweet him regularly thanking him for how his books have changed their lives. These tweets are remarkably similar to the ones sent to Hulk Hogan.
- Trump, by pulling back the curtain, has alerted the American public to just how awful all these people who run for office typically are. Think of all the people who claim to be too principle-based to make petty attacks, while they pettily attack Trump (this really has been for the best).
- Trump has criticized the war in Iraq, let people whose family members have been murdered by illegal immigrants speak at his rallies, and named specific companies who are moving their factories overseas to save on manufacturing costs as a result of cheap labor provided by bad trade deals made by congress. These people have really been hurt. In wrestling real injuries addsto the belief that it’s real. In politics, it makes people mad because politicians and their concern for the citizenry is clearly fake but the results hurt people who aren’t even playing.
Previously, I wrote about how reality is a simulation, like pro-wrestling.