Michael Moore, a movie director who was one of the fiercest critics of the George W. Bush administration, predicted Donald Trump’s election victory long before voting day on 9 November. His reasons all make sense and are quite prophetic: Moore predicted that the traditionally Democratic states of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin would be won by Trump, and that’s what happened during the election as those swing states went to the red side.
To understand why human beings make stupid choices, we need to analyse all the underlying factors that led them to choose Trump. There’s a great quote from George Carlin to describe this election: “Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”
In 2016, we can probably invent a new quote: Never underestimate what human beings are willing to do when pushed into a corner.