A lot of this seems to be based on class, predictably enough. Like the user's mom who became a petit-bourg business owner and then her politics changed as a result.
My mom is sort of an ur-populist in her politics. She has liked at various times: Bernie Sanders, Ron Paul, Donald Trump (not any more), Dennis Kucinich, Kinky Friedman (this is an obscure Texas-only thing), Jesse Ventura, etc. She has no loyalty to any political party and even thought it was unfair that Howard Schultz, the Starbucks CEO, was harshly criticized for considering a presidential run because, as mom said, "Anyone should run if they want to!" At the same time she liked watching him get heckled lol.
She's also a high school dropout who has only worked working-class jobs in her life. I consider her my political-populist barometer and am more interested in her opinions because my (educated, petit-bourg nearing middle-bourg) dad listens to Nate Silver too much and thinks he's some kind of math god. He is good on economics / business topics but politically naive like that.
I'm involved with a socialist (socdem) group, although I'm not particularly active in it, and she is open to the concept but I talk about it in terms of labor unions (which she thinks are a good thing) and more rights for workers and so on. Like there was a paid sick leave campaign that was successful here thanks in part to socialist agitation. Like basic respect and rights for workers plays really well with her, because again her jobs have been cleaning hotel rooms, working at a 7/11, and working in a shoe factory (back in the 1970s before that shit moved overseas). She was even in the union and had fond memories of the union getting them better wages than they otherwise would've had. And then I'll point to our relatives who work at Walmart who are poor and are treated like shit by that company, and talk about how Walmart crushes any attempt by workers to unionize. Her: "that's horrible!"
And basic respect for workers, service people like waiters and so on: she hates it when people are rude to workers (my dad can sometimes be, but he has always worked in offices – one of his less endearing traits).
There's also one of these alt-right/neo-Nazi gangs active around here. Usually their shit is torn down pretty quickly by lefty cleanup crews but I spotted one of their stickers while taking mom out for a glass of wine. I showed it to her, and tore it down, and seeing that actually horrified her. I think because we're nerds who post on Zig Forums we think the discussions that go on here have some kind of broad salience with the public, when it's not so really, but Zig Forums has that same problem – look at how bad Sargon tanked it while running in the European elections over in the U.K.; even the right-wing tabloids were calling him a gross pervert once he stepped outside of the weird, subcultural echo chamber.
Most people out there think radical stuff is just a tiny number of insignificant people, and I think that's basically true for the most part. And Zig Forums's approach to politics is to basically prey on these normies' naivety. But I consider my mom to be a pretty normal person, and seeing that stuff for real definitely freaked her out. I had to be like "there's nothing to be afraid of, these men are cowards."
Attached: product-image-683404533.jpg (1000x1000, 90.09K)