Trump and the evolution of human social behavior
I have not written for a long time. I have been waiting and watching. Enough time has gone by for me to believe that I now have something to contribute. For those who do not know me I am a retired faculty member and author of a couple of books and lots of papers in refereed journals. They span the spectrum from very technical science to more recent political philosophy. The latter is manifest here or in my book with Jim Coffman.
I have a world view that arises from over half a century of study and throwing out my ideas for feedback and criticism and reworking them again and again.
I supported Bernie in the last election with a caveat. I knew the system was rigged and that the oligarchy would never give up power. I also saw Bernie and and the others as products of a system not as its drivers.
One central thesis I follow is the broadest sense of evolution and I apply it to human social evolution. The word evolution has become tainted and has a lot of baggage attached. Yet what is happening is happening in an evolutionary context so we need the idea.
One central truth about evolution is that as something develops it looses choices. Once a step is made all the other options are gone. There are new options. Because of what has developed these options are less versatile. One consequence of this in the biological world is extinction. It would be wise for us to consider that as a possible parallel for social systems evolution.
The system that Trump has successfully found his niche in has been developing for a long time. Its recent identity is our country, but the racism that we see now was there in the Europeans long before that.
Another system has been evolving in close coupling with it, namely religion. In relatively recent times one need only look at the Cartesian mechanistic science that made a deal with the Church to let the Church rule over matters of the mind while science studied the machine we substituted for our understanding of the body.
So it has come to where we are and Trump fell into a place carved out by the believers and the mechanists. As one reads about this day by day little is spoken about this natural consequence of something that has been in progress for centuries. Rather one reads the astonished disbelief that it could come to this.
Let me know your thoughts. If they involve elections I will dismiss them offhand.