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2016: The Year of the Demagogue

Demagoguery enters at the moment when, for want of a common denominator, the principle of equality degenerates into the principle of identity.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I can find no better sentiment expressing  for how the 2016 US election has turned out. This result shouldn’t surprise anyone. If it did, I would recommend taking a look at this interview. This is a perspective that you don’t get from the regular 6 pm news or from many the regular media outlets based in urban centers. Suffering people who have felt voiceless in the public square will take full advantage of the anonymity of the ballot box to express their actual views.

Is Donald Trump the rational choice? Well, that depends on who you are, where you come from, what level of education you have achieved… your identity, in other words. When identity is substituted for the principle of equality and equity of all citizens, a rising demagogue is waiting in the wings.

I can predict this: the sky won’t fall in. The sun will rise again tomorrow. The earth will keep rotating. People have survived worse leaders. International society has managed to survive worse weirdos and tyrants. Wait and see.

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