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The politics of narcissism



Are people getting increasingly narcissistic about politics and/or voting? How would one measure this? Anecdotally speaking, there sure seems to be a lot of this kind of thing going around:

I’m tired of compromising my beliefs because others are apathetic and unwilling to stand up to the DNC. Pertaining to the powers of a president (war, foreign policy and vetoes), a Trump and Clinton presidency won’t be that different. Congress will decide gun laws and Planned Parenthood debates, not the president. I will not vote for Hillary Clinton because my vote means something, and I won’t allow anyone to intimidate me into choosing the lesser of two evils.

That, believe it or not, is far from the silliest thing in an article that someone got paid to write, as opposed to a post on a petulant teenager’s Facebook page, although it may be that too. Speaking of which, is this all Facebook’s fault? (Facebook being a synecdoche here for the constant self-dramatizing preening enabled by the brave new world of social media. It’s like everyone is now Camille Pagila).

Speaking of Hillary Clinton not making lefties of various stripes quiver with that very special feeling, it’s just seems bizarre that after the last fifteen years people of even the vaguest progressive persuasion broadly defined could care about things like how a particular politician makes them “feel” about casting their vote. The coming presidential election, for those of us in this category, will consist of ordering one of three things for dinner: pizza, Indian food, or anthrax. For me Sanders is pretty good Indian food, while HRC on her worst days is Pizza Hut pizza, but the choice between Pizza Hut and anthrax is not a choice in any conceivable sense of the word, and having any sort of argument about this in 2015 as opposed to 2000 seems really ridiculous.

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