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The Psychology of Trump Supporters from Psychology Today by Bobby Azarian

My summary of this: Authoritarian personality + Social Dominance Orientation + Prejudice + Isolation from the Other + Relative Deprivation (deprivation relative to those you feel are your inferiors) = Trump Supporter. Though for me the real issue is the … Continue reading

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Russia, America and the Contest of Sick Systems: Gideon Rachman

A stellar article in today’s UK Financial Times by Gideon Rachman: the Last Man Standing Theory: Internal resilience, not external strength, will determine the century’s power struggles. What was Vladimir Putin thinking? Viewed from the west, the Russian president’s decision … Continue reading

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Pseudo-Revolutions from Above: Former Soviet Union and Trump’s America

Some history people don’t understand, at least as I see it. The fall of the former Soviet Union as described in “Revolution from Above: The Demise of the Soviet System” by David M. Kotz was not a bottom up revolution, … Continue reading

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) on Stupidity

I like this Bonhoeffer quote which I think says something important about our current situation:

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Donald Trump is Disgusting

Jon Haidt, in his fine book The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, opened my eyes to the different Moral Foundations of Liberals and Conservatives; though I didn’t agree with the Conservative (not his) take … Continue reading

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Trump takes us to Abilene

America is going to go for the Abilene Paradox on an unprecedented industrial scale in November. Individuals making decisions unable to manage agreement to achieve their goals and instead electing a lunatic who will destroy much of what they value … Continue reading

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Origins of Our Present Crisis (nod to Perry Anderson for this title)

(Note in keeping with the modern sensitivity of those in education who think they should be sheltered from the real world, I am prefixing challenging articles on this blog, aka intended to make you think with the suffix HHTW: Head … Continue reading

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This is How Fascism Comes to America: a Conservative View from Robert Kagan

Robert Kagan is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a contributing columnist for The Post. The Republican Party’s attempt to treat Donald Trump as a normal political candidate would be laughable were it not so perilous to the … Continue reading

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Insurgencies: 1968 and 2016

Historians will draw parallels between two years of US political insurgencies: 1968 and 2016. I was a witness to 1968 in Europe: the Paris Uprising that delivered nothing as De Gaulle used it to boost the Right. In the US … Continue reading

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Not Chicago 1968, but Berlin 1932 by Robert Ross

Good article from the American Prospect: If left leaning activists are serious about their characterization of Trump as a fascist, then they better get serious about the problem of unity. PinItInstapaperEmail AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks … Continue reading

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