I’m a cynic–after all, I’m considered to be the founder of Cynical Philosophy–so what would you expect. However, cynicism is still a philosophical discipline, and like all the others, and seeks wisdom and truth.
After your presidential
debacle debate, yesterday, I began to ponder an important question. What kind of person would follow Trump? What kind of person accepts routine lying, vengeance, and intimidation, etc.?
Then, inspiration hit! Eureka!
Thomas F. Wilson portrayed Biff Tannen, the antagonist in all three Back to the Future movies. According to Bob Gale, the writer, Biff Tannen was based on Donald Trump. This is especially obvious in the second one–the one in the future–in which Biff was immensely wealthy, owned a casino (and the entire town), and had no scruples.
Biff always had three sycophants following him around. They didn’t have purpose or even thoughts of their own–they just followed Biff and did whatever he said. (Although in the final one, they did abandon Tannen when he would be going to jail.)
Those three followers explain Trump’s base better than anything else I’ve seen. Score one for the philosophical advantages of cynicism!