“The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated communist,” Arendt wrote, “but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists.”
Jones pointed out how Arendt wrote extensively about the social conditions of “spiritual and social homelessness” that made “the masses” susceptible to propaganda or fabricated narratives.
“Trump repeatedly wove stories about the cause of America’s decline into his campaign speeches,” Jones explained. “These stories hinged on the identification of targets — Obamacare is a disaster, the American economy is failing, dangerous hordes of ‘Mexican rapists’ and ‘Muslim radicals’ are pouring into the country, the ‘inner cities’ are war zones, etc. — to explain why America was waning and what would make it great again.”
via Truth Out; Trump: Totalitarian or Authoritarian?