Does the rise of Trump herald an era of home-grown fascism? Human intelligence and vast quantities of metadata seem ill-equipped to help forecast geopolitical events at this scale. Despite decades of sophisticated political science and game theorizing, the truth is that we are very bad at anticipating great historic turns. Why?
As an adventurous 19-year-old American college student, I traveled alone (via a train that made mostly local stops ) through the Iron Curtain in 1976, journeying non-stop from Italy to Istanbul, Turkey, crossing the entire length of both the former Yugoslavia and Bulgaria and venturing through Thrace and European Turkey.
Impelled, he made clear, by Jesus and the gospel of peace, and inspired by other leaders with names like Bonhoeffer, King, and Gandhi, he believed in, preached, and practiced the way of peace. Führer worked with young people who were hungry for freedom and who would pray and march their way toward its realization.