Autocracy: Rules for Survival

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Love Trumps Hate

Trump will be only the fourth candidate in history and the second in more than a century to win the presidency after losing the popular vote.

The politicians who have in the past appealed to the less-establishment part of the Democratic electorate sounded the conciliatory note.

However well-intentioned, this talk assumes that Trump is prepared to find common ground with his many opponents, respect the institutions of government, and repudiate almost everything he has stood for during the campaign. In short, it is treating him as a “normal” politician. There has until now been little evidence that he can be one.

One of the falsehoods in the Clinton speech was the implied equivalence between civil resistance and insurgency. This is an autocrat’s favourite con, the explanation for the violent suppression of peaceful protests the world over.

He is also probably the first candidate in history to win the presidency despite having been shown repeatedly by the national media to be a chronic liar, sexual predator, serial tax-avoider, and race-baiter who has attracted the likes of the Ku Klux Klan.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • For cold environments, you need a heat source, for warm environments, you need a shade or cooling source.
  • Trump has made his plans clear, and he has made a compact with his voters to carry them out.
  • Since Trump plans to use the judicial system to carry out his political vendettas, his pick for attorney general will be no less important.

“Confronted with political volatility, the markets become suckers for calming rhetoric from authority figures.”

“The point, though, is that we all go forward with a presumption of good faith in our fellow citizens, because that presumption of good faith is essential to a vibrant and functioning democracy.”

Original Source: http://www2.nybooks.com/daily/s3/nov/10/trump-election-autocracy-rules-for-survival.html

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