Posts Tagged: Donald Trump

On Trump: The Tasaroff Doctrine Trumps the Goldwater Rule

For those who are concerned about the appropriateness of using psychiatric diagnostic tools to assess the mental fitness and dangerousness of President Trump the following: It apparently is totally legitimate, even legally required, for mental health professionals to warn targeted people and society at large for the dangers a troubled person or group of persons… Read more »

On Trump: Trump and the Deep State / The Koch Brothers’ New Brand

Just read new and updated forewords to two important book-length studies about power in the US. Both were updated to put their considerable investigations in connection with the new Trump administration. The first book is by Prof. Peter Dale Scott, co-founder of the Peace and Conflict Studies program at UC Berkeley. He wrote a new… Read more »

On Trump: Against Normalization: The Lesson of the “Munich Post” by Ron Rosenbaum

I consider Ron Rosenbaum as one of America’s best and most entertaining journalistic writers. For me memorable articles include the ones on Watergate, the CIA mole-hunt and a few articles about Yale’s semi-secret senior society Skull and Bones.[1] He also wrote a fascinating study, Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His Evil about… Read more »

On Trump: “Trump’s New World Order”

It is interesting to see how delusional and divided the far right is in the US. First of all I consider the far right that faction of the conservative movement which is authoritarian. This is the faction composed of people who have become intolerant of certain social and cultural differences and tend to exaggerate dangers,… Read more »

On Trump: US Lying Its Way to War (again)?

The recent January 29, 2017 missile test by Iran is not in violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions as many members of congress and certain media claim. The 2015 Iran nuclear agreement has no binding provisions about missile tests. Before the day of implementation of the agreement on January 2016 the Iranians were bound… Read more »

On Trump: The Steele Report Echoing the Golitsyn Deception?

Ten days before the inauguration of Trump an anonymous bombshell intelligence report was published by Buzzfeed.[1] The report, written by former British MI6 agent and Russia expert Christopher Steele, alleges that 1) Russian intelligence has compromising material on Trump gathered when he visited Leningrad and Moscow a few years ago; 2) there were extensive and… Read more »

On Trump: Why We Should not Normalize Trump

In December 2016 I found online a list of 76 proven lies by Trump and read them all. The list is named “Donald Trump’s Bullshitopedia: An Ever Expanding Catalog Of Lies”.[1] The list is a good reminder that Trump is a pathological liar. I am not just saying that to bash Trump, but to make the… Read more »

On Trump: The Aspiring Pathocrat

In previous posts I have commented on some of the psychological dynamics of Trump and the political dynamics of his followers. In this post I like to explore the rather dark territory of their interaction in rather clinical terminology necessary to get a sane and objective grip on this otherwise very disturbing phenomenon. I will… Read more »

On Trump: Elias, Civilization and Trump

Last  summer I read the phenomenal study “The Civilizing Process” by the eminent sociologist Norbert Elias.[1] some of his findings can be applied to understand the rise of authoritarianism in the West as embodied in the political career of President Trump. This article will present some of the theoretical underpinnings of elias’ work, then apply… Read more »