“The cult’s leaders often told them the goods would be coming through the powers of ancestor spirits who were concerned about the breakdown in social order. This appealed to people who felt social hierarchies were threatened. In 21st century America, there are people who see the election of a black president, the candidacy of a woman for president, the arrival of non-white immigrants, and poor people getting health care as disruptions of the social order that threaten their status.
In addition to straightening out the social order, the ancestor spirits are expected to bring great wealth.”
Despite manifest incompetence, supporting policies that would harm his supporters and obvious constant lying, Trump enjoys support from a core group that remains loyal. The best explanation for this phenomenon can be found in work anthropologists have…