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  • Narratives
    The triumph of stupidity

    The Trump voter epitomises the banality of evil

    The more we normalise and trivialise the shock of Trump's victory, the more we run the risk that other countries in Europe, e.g. France will follow suit and also vote right-wing extremists into office. Voters across the world must not be lead to believe that voting for extremists is essentially fine and nothing bad will happen if they do...

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    The Obamas and Clintons are prominent examples of meritocracy

    The Trump movement is a backlash against meritocracy

    The Trump supporter aims to re-define merit along the lines of race, nationality and gender. Their goal is to put an end to meritocracy as we know it. Trump voters blame trade policies and globalisation like they blame immigrants for their racism. Just as dark skin isn't the cause of Trumpism, neither is globalisation...

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    This time we don't need the debates, we already know the outcome

    Do these TV debates even still make sense with a candidate like Trump? Their purpose is truth finding but Trump will try to turn them into a reality-TV farce and drown Clinton in a sea of deliberate lies. The reality is that Clinton is very qualified for the job and Trump is wholly inept to be president - no TV interview, no spin or lying will bend this fundamental truth. Reality is after all reality and not reality-TV where nothing is real and anything seems possible...

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    Putin and the Ilyin doctrine

    The renowned historian Timothy Snyder points out that Putin is following the doctrine of Ivan Ilyin, a Russian fascist ideologue. It's pretty clear that Putin is a fascist but in spite of all the facts many still stubbornly fail to acknowledge this fact...

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