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Demagogue

Donald Trump, Orchestra Conductor

Robert Fuller | Posted 11.21.2016 | Politics
Robert Fuller

If "All the world's a stage," we should give Donald Trump a standing ovation for his compelling personification of a demagogue. Mr. Trump has writ l...

Is Trump no More Than a Brand Bubble?

Frederic Colier | Posted 11.04.2016 | Politics
Frederic Colier

It does not take a seer, whether Democrat, Republican, Liberal or Green, to agree that this presidential election has been, by far, one of the strange...

Dear Americans Who Saved the Country from a Demagogue

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 10.18.2016 | Politics
Bino A. Realuyo

If there is anything we have learned in American history, no hoods of injustice has stopped the forward march of diversity.

Angle of Descent, Part III -- The Tragic Fruits of Despair

Alan Briskin | Posted 09.12.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Alan Briskin

(Introduction / Part One / Part Two / Part Three / Part Four) From Part II: Prosperity was not disappearing from the American landscape, but simply s...

The Line From Obama That Floored Me Last Night

Andy Schmookler | Posted 07.28.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

What is truly remarkable about that sentence is that the President here is lumping Donald Trump -- the nominee of one of America's two major political parties -- with the mortal enemies who the United States has fought over the past eighty years!

The Founding Fathers vs. Donald Trump

Monica Bauer | Posted 07.04.2016 | Politics
Monica Bauer

The real patriots this July are the Never Trump crowd, especially the Republicans who are willing to stand up publicly and oppose the misuse of their party by a dangerous blowhard who knows so little of history, but knows so much about marketing.

Guest Author -- Donald Trump, The Apprentice Demagogue

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.20.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

So when political science Professor Kenneth Janda asked if he could write a column making a more academic comparison (instead of just hurling insults), I thought it'd be a great idea.

North Carolina and the Specter of the Predatory 'Other'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.12.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

"Give yourself over to absolute pleasure. Swim the warm waters of sins of the flesh - erotic nightmares beyond any measure, and sensual daydreams to t...

Which Candidate Gets a Perfect Score?

Mark Gerzon | Posted 04.18.2016 | Politics
Mark Gerzon

Is the torrent of worry about "Donald the dangerous" merely a more liberal exaggeration? Or is this chorus of concern about the disastrous consequences of a Trump victory justified? Although I can't claim to be objective, I can offer a perspective that predates this crazy election.

Diagnostic & Statistical Manual as Political Guidebook

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.29.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I am deeply concerned about our country's ability to attract new and fresh talent, whom I believe may be the only ones who can rescue our nation from the political cynicism and malaise, and heal the political scars and deep divisions. Possibly the current crisis has had the effect of motivating some to do exactly that.

Of Moonlanding and Moonshine

Parthiv N. Parekh | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
Parthiv N. Parekh

It's hard to articulate the profuse awe that I and many of my generation growing up in India in the '70s had for America. To say that we were smitten ...

Donald Trump and the Death Knell of White Supremacy

Jim Wallis | Posted 03.04.2016 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The media can act shocked about Trump failing to quickly and very clearly denounce David Duke and the KKK and their support for him, but they didn't seriously ask the more important question: Why do the advocates of white supremacy like and advocate for Donald Trump?

How Demagogues Turn Anger Into Collective Poison: The Middle-Finger Party

Alan Briskin | Posted 03.02.2016 | Politics
Alan Briskin

What we know about anger is that it inflates self-importance and builds a wall between genuine introspection and finding right action. Anger can be a useful signal, alerting us that something is amiss, but if we don't explore what truly makes us angry, anger isolates us from our heart's intelligence and our connection with others.

The Establishment vs. Bernie Sanders

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics
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John Sanbonmatsu

The very ferocity and coordinated nature of the attacks on Sanders makes clear that the Democratic establishment views Sanders not merely as an annoyance, but as an existential threat. And he may be, at that.

Why Donald Trump Is Dangerous

Jerry Lanson | Posted 02.07.2016 | Politics
Jerry Lanson

Some of my liberal friends are secretly rooting for Donald Trump to win the Republican nomination. If he wins, they argue, Republicans will be crush...

The Rhetorical Brilliance of Trump the Demagogue

The Conversation US | Posted 12.12.2015 | Politics
The Conversation US

Trump possesses an arrogance and volatility that makes most voters recoil. So how has he maintained a grip on a segment of the Republican base that - at least, for now - seems unshakable?

Can a Demagogue, Donald Trump, Be Elected President?

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 12.08.2016 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

Trump fits the classic definition of a demagogue: a rabble-rouser who appeals to the emotions, fears, prejudices and ignorance of the lower socioeconomic classes in order to gain power.

Demagogues: Leaders of Collective Madness

Alan Briskin | Posted 12.09.2016 | Politics
Alan Briskin

Demagogues are creations of the collective as much as they lead groups into warfare and hatred. They exist as a funnel for existential fears and frustrated longings. By reducing complexity down to simple answers, they make themselves into emotional magnets for dis-ease. How do we resist such temptations?

Muslim Congressman Calls Trump's Bigotry Out Of Style, Like 'Very Negative Bell-Bottoms'

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump faced a wave of criticism on Capitol Hill Tuesday over his call to bar all Muslims from entering the United States. Rep. Ke...

Yellow Stars, Pink Triangles, and Blue Crescents

Geoff Livingston | Posted 12.08.2016 | Politics
Geoff Livingston

As part of their systematic program of dehumanizing people in concentration camps, the Nazis made Jews and gays wear yellow star and pink triangle ba...

Demagogue Du Jour

Susan Silver | Posted 08.21.2016 | Media
Susan Silver

A demagogue is defined thusly: "a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument." Sound familiar?

Mitt Romney: The Great White Hope

Bob Burnett | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics
Bob Burnett

To secure the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination, Mitt Romney had to take increasingly conservative positions. Many observers expected that once he became the nominee, Romney would move towards the political middle ground. But he hasn't.

Obama: No More Mr. Nice Guy?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 08.02.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Republicans have had a tough go of it lately, and a large chunk of it comes from the dashing of those sweet Obama expectations. They thought they could say anything about him and he wouldn't push back.

Breathtaking Republican Hypocrisy on Medicare

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.13.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

To be sure, Republicans have always been against the concept of Medicare. But hypocrisy entered into the discourse last year, when they attempted to position themselves as the ones who were going to "save Medicare."

Suggestions for Obama's Medicare Counterproposal

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's going to be very easy for whatever Obama comes up with to look a lot better than just handing seniors a voucher and saying: "Good luck with that medical insurance marketplace."