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originally posted by: Misterlondon
What a stupid question..
Is this sort of analysis, focused on psychopathology rather than just politics, just as relevant to a Putin, an Erdogan, a Duterte? Maybe.
But those names, and others that come to mind, actually prove the point.
A list of narcissistic heads of state, as psychologist Nigel Barber observed, consists mostly if not exclusively of dictators. People like that tend to be "screened out by democratic systems of government."
This, then, is the bottom line:
Trump has little understanding of, commitment to, and (psychologically speaking) capacity for democratic decision-making. And that's been clear from the start.
In his convention speech, he said, "I alone can fix" our country's problems.
As author Masha Gessen put it: "Trump is the first candidate in memory who ran not for president but for autocrat -- and won."
He won not in spite of that fact but, frighteningly, because of it.
Social scientists discovered that the best predictor of who supported Trump wasn't economic deprivation (for example, having one's job shipped overseas)
...but a predilection for authoritarianism -- an extreme need for order, a fear of the Other, an attraction to strongman leaders. (Another significant predictor of who was drawn to him, incidentally, was hostile sexism.)
As the product of the agoge, Leonidas is unlikely to have been referring to his royal blood alone but rather suggesting that he had, like his brother Dorieus, proven superior capability in the competitive environment of Spartan training and society, and that he believed this made him qualified to rule
originally posted by: CranialSponge
In no particular order:
- General Electric
- Trilateral Commission
- Bilderberg Group
- Federal Reserve
- Phillip Morris
- Military Industrial Complex
.... did I miss any ?
Out of all of those, I'd have say my favourite would be the Bilderberg Group... no muss, no fuss. Those guys just quietly go about making their dictatorial chess moves like nobody's business !
And who doesn't love an all-expenses paid weekend at a 5-star hotel to have sooper seekrit meets and greets !
Yeah, those guys know how to dictate with style.