With so many wondering, puzzled, confused about the character tyrant Trump who managed to have himself made president of the USA, despite the obvious prior to his election, that he was a type of personality wholly unfit for the position, not only due to his glaring moral failings, but to the fact that he had no political experience. What is Donald Trump? I think this reblog from Longreads answers many questions. It’s a long read, no pun intended, but well worth the few minutes on the page and the long minutes of pondering that should follow.
From the early 1590s, at the beginning of his career, all the way through to its end, Shakespeare grappled again and again with a deeply unsettling question: how is it possible for a whole country to fall into the hands of a tyrant?
“A king rules over willing subjects,” wrote the influential sixteenth-century Scottish scholar George Buchanan, “a tyrant over unwilling.” The institutions of a free society are designed to ward off those who would govern, as Buchanan put it, “not for their country but for themselves, who take account not of the public interest but of their own pleasure.” Under what circumstances, Shakespeare asked himself, do such cherished institutions, seemingly deep-rooted and impregnable, suddenly prove fragile? Why do large numbers of people knowingly accept being…
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