Ann Applebaum has written a book “Twilight of Democracy” about how the authoritarian/fascist movements in a number of national countries where constructed and gained power. Think of Brazil, Hungary, Poland, Turkey but also UK and USA. Pretending to be democracies the Press, Legal structures and Parliaments where systematicaly destroyed and brought under central dictatorial control. How? By manipulating elections using large scale personalised social media targeting (mindfucking by internet, see recent books I blogged about). They keep the population under control with massive network surveillance systems, supported by scrupuless ICT systems operators like Palentir and Facebook. And by building a power structure of eager men and women that are not directly competent but very loyal to the Leader. And a number of politicials aspire to rise to power also: mrs. Le Pen, Wilders and Baudet in NL.
This preference for loyalty over competence is also their weakness. During elections the civilians start to notice that it is visible that lower ranked members of these nazi like parties have rather dubious backgrounds and show incompetence in their high level hierarchy jobs.
I recommend you pre-order this very important book. It will be launched in July.
jaap van till, TheConnectivist
–David Frum, author of Trumpocracy and Trumpocalypse
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