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Perhaps a little over half of white males, in their heart of hearts, see themselves as 'alpha males' or they aspire to be and identify with those perceived to be.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu May 12th, 2016 at 11:09:31 AM EST
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themself as a so-called "alpha," as well as fairly prone to the "autocratic" style, I think all this Dilbert alpha/beta stuff is way overblown and a serious simplification.

I don't like Hillary either, but there is no way in hell I would vote for a Trump. I know the plural of anecdote, especially of the personal kind, is bullshit, but seriously, get 90% of them?

Marijuana must be legal where Dilbert lives, that is all I can think of.

by John Redmond (Ladybeaterz@NolesAD.com) on Thu May 12th, 2016 at 11:32:31 AM EST
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Not that I would want to defend something that is not genuine political analysis including careful crunching of the numbers, but when Scott Adams says Alpha male there, I suspect he means those that are also pretty ape-like in their (lack of) thinking.

Which is still not to say that getting 90% of them is likely. But I can see a lot of the "in your face" types of people voting Trump. Chris Cook has a "friend" called Robert Chandler who is a prime example of the attitude I am trying to describe, probably not very successfully.

Quite a lot of people like to divide the world between winners and losers, and quite a lot of them are clearly not winners, but prone to believe the suggestion that the reason why they are not is that they have been cheated by someone or something - this is a cohort that can easily be fooled by someone like Trump.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Thu May 12th, 2016 at 12:09:39 PM EST
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The wannabe-alphas are the same people who will vote for a tax cut for the top 10%, even though they will never make it into the top 50% of taxpayers.
Not even aspirational. Feudal underclass.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri May 13th, 2016 at 04:30:32 PM EST
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The Guardian is calling it the post-truth election - because apparently we're all doing post-truth politics now.

It's certainly interesting that integrity, civility, and honesty are considered terminal evidence of political weakness, while narcissism, greed, violent dishonesty, and bigotry are exactly the qualities a lot of people want from a leader.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri May 13th, 2016 at 08:15:08 PM EST
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The more ignorant in-your-face types are all Trump people.  That's his whole schtick.  It's all about demonstrations of dominance.  "I'm tougher than everybody else, and all those minorities who've wronged you?  I'll wreck their shit.  These other candidates are a bunch of pussies who won't."

It's a powerful thing -- humans have a certain attraction to that -- but I don't think it carries much beyond groups of people the GOP already carries.  That's been the GOP pitch forever.  "Mommy Party vs Daddy Party."  "GOP daddies who fuck everything up and then tell reporters What Needs to HappenTM," to borrow Atrios's bit.

That's been the hilarious thing:  Beneath the -- admittedly pretty impressive -- marketing, Trump's no different from a generic GOPer asshole.  He's Chris Christie with lapband surgery.  He's just a better class of asshole.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun May 29th, 2016 at 08:36:57 AM EST
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Well, he currently lives in Plesanton, CA, so marijuana should be no problem, plus he has numerous neurological and physical problems for which it might be prescribed - all according to Wiki. And he is a former member of Mensa. :-) Then there is this bit from wiki:

"Logitech CEO Pierluigi Zappacosta invited Adams to impersonate a management consultant, which he did wearing a wig and false mustache, and he tricked Logitech managers into adopting a mission statement that Adams described as "so impossibly complicated that it has no real content whatsoever""

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu May 12th, 2016 at 06:08:59 PM EST
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Because actual "alphas," if we're going to examine it through this prism, aren't impressed by attempts to demonstrate alpha-male traits through bloviating and kicking weaker people around.  They look at it and see that person as a bullying shitweasel in need of an ass-kicking.

Which is exactly what Trump is.  And if somebody tried to give him the ass-kicking he so richly deserves, I've no doubt he'd morph into a "beta" quite quickly.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun May 29th, 2016 at 08:41:18 AM EST
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