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How Original Is Donald Trump?

Donald TrumpOne frequent question I have gotten during the presidential campaign goes like this: “Donald Trump is so awful - have we ever had a presidential candidate as bad as him?”

Although often pictured as unprecedented, it turns out that for those acquainted with United States political history; there is something familiar about Mr. Trump. Thus, while uncommon in many ways, he is not original. In an article entitled “The Mind of Donald Trump” appearing in the June 2016 issue of Atlantic magazine, author Dan P. McAdams places Trump in both a historical and psychological context. He shows us we have been here before.

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Bill-George-Barack-Hillary: US’ Free-Trade Relay Team

Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack ObamaHillary is ready to take the baton from Obama and run the last leg for America’s free-trade relay team. Scoundrel Bill started the race by allowing businesses to export many family-sustainable jobs in America without providing an economic bridge to remedy the consequences; and now his missus is about to complete the race, without scruples and a straight face, on behalf of the moneyed-class.  Any attempt to see it any other way is political suicide by deception, nothing else.

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Natural Born Killers?

Natural Born KillersThere is a new study, published in the journal Nature, entitled “The Phylogenetic Roots of Human Lethal Violence.” The study argues two points: (1) along with many other mammals and particularly primates, human lethal violence is innate because it is part of a long “evolutionary history”; and (2) However, for humans, it is also a behavior that is responsive to our cultural environment. So, over time, “culture modulates our bloodthirsty tendencies.”

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Americans’ 2016 Choices: Lesser-Able and Lesser-Evil

Hillary Clinton, Donald TrumpOnce again, the quadrennial apparition has reached the dreaded countdown to political ignominy, placing American democracy on trial once again… yet quickly dismissing the charges, letting the political circus continue with its three-ring democracy made up of a dangerous quasi-autocratic executive, a corrupt special-interests Congress, and an ugly, politically tainted judiciary.  But in 2016, the choice of whether to re-elect Lesser-Evil for the umpteenth time might be looking at Evil as a new candidate: Lesser-Able. 

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True Believers and the U.S. Election

Eric HofferOne thing that Donald Trump has done is brought the U.S. version of “true believer” to the political forefront. This group of people was best described by Eric Hoffer (1898-1983). Hoffer was a largely self-educated, working-class, American social philosopher. His best-known work was entitled The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements, published in1951.

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