Bio--the discipline, that is.
Sounds very much like a majority leader today…
It’s not just Michael Gerson reporting the reality. It is now even George Will:
“Trump’s energy, unleavened by intellect and untethered to principle, serves only his sovereign instinct to pander to those who adore him as much as he does. Unshakably smitten, they are impervious to the Everest of evidence that he disdains them as a basket of gullibles. He understands that his unremitting coarseness satisfies their unpolitical agenda of smashing crockery, even though his self-indulgent floundering precludes fulfillment of the promises he flippantly made to assuage their sense of being disdained. He gives his gullibles not governance by tantrum, but tantrum as governance. "
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.”
“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master – that’s all.”
Here are a couple of op-eds from Project Syndicate addressing the problems of globalization that you may find of interest. It’s pretty clear that something has to change for social stability, but the question of what is still open.
In the United Kingdom and around the world, neoliberalism is on trial, and the orthodoxy established by Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan in the 1980s – to roll back the state and let the market work its magic – may indeed be guilty as charged. But will governments be given the tools and support they need to rehabilitate the defendant?
The reaction against globalization has taken two forms: economic resistance to rising inequality and a revolt against multiculturalism and cosmopolitanism. To save globalization – which has lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty, created new markets for goods made by poor countries, and reduced prices for rich-country consumers – both must be addressed.
Good job, Eugene!
Since the TPP was never voted on, one can’t say what any final form would have been. But by refusing to continue with work on it to put protections in place, however, Trump has handed the Asian theater over to the Chinese. We need trade agreements, but we need trade agreements that work for labor as, or more, effectively than they do for capital.
I think Trump on one level does know the difference between right and wrong, but I think he doesn’t think that it should apply to him, only to everyone else. In part, this may be the result of him never running into the wall, so to speak. I imagine that now, however, he will run into the wall, and it is frightening to think of how he is likely to respond, given the power of the presidency.
Criticism is not just from the Left. A few opinions from some conservative pundits:
Can you say “PANIC”? These guys are…
I think the big difference between Trump and Pence is that Trump is a better showman than Pence by orders of magnitude. Trump could get re-elected in 2020. I don’t think Pence could. No charisma to get supporters to the polls. Nor do I think Pence could get his religious agenda into action or would be as destructive on foreign policy as Trump with his white nationalist agenda and abrogation of treaties and agreements. I’d guess that an Article 25 removal would leave us a bit better off than we are now.
I saw the review; I have not yet read the book. However, I think what disturbs me about labeling Trump’s pathology as mental illness is that by legal definitions the mentally ill are not held responsible for their actions if they cannot distinguish between right and wrong. I think Trump can so distinguish but doesn’t care, and thus I think he should be held criminally responsible for his actions. After all, about 1/3rd of criminals are psychopathic by the Hare evaluation, but we still put them in prison.