Donald Trump in front of Mount Rushmore in Keystone, South Dakota, July 3, 2020.
An analysis of Donald Trump's speech at Mount Rushmore reveals the underbelly of his constant use of heroic rhetoric.
Trump accepts the nomination from the South Lawn of the White House.
AP Photo/Evan Vucci
The Republican National Convention wrapped up with Trump sounding familiar themes but speaking from an unusual location.
President-elect Trump at a post-election rally in Mobile, Alabama, Dec. 17, 2016.
Donald Trump uses language like a dangerous demagogue. The author of a book on Trump's rhetorical skill gives a guide to the six most important rhetorical strategies Trump uses.
State police officers during a “Reopen Virginia” rally around Capitol Square in Richmond on April 22, 2020.
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'Dystopia' is a term that's gained popularity during the coronavirus pandemic. But it's not a synonym for 'a bad time,' and a government's poor handling of a crisis does not constitute dystopia.
Donald Trump is no Richard Nixon. And that’s why he’ll never willingly leave office in 2020.
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Trump will survive the impeachment process in 2020, no matter what malfeasance comes to light. The Republicans will protect their man at all costs.
At the dawn of democracy, Plato foresaw an unfortunate end.
From the earliest days of democracy, thinkers have warned that letting the people rule could work out badly.
The US is still a major world power and world leaders need to keep in Donald Trump's good books.
White nationalists clash with protesters at the Aug. 12, 2017 Charlottesville, Va. rally that turned deadly violent.
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Fear is very much a part of humans' survival. Demagogues and others who want to manipulate have learned that this human trait can be exploited, often with disastrous consequences.
For the many, not the…who?
Right-wing and left-wing populists both claim to speak for victimised or disenfranchised majorities. Here's the difference.
Donald Trump’s policies represent a particular attack on American youth and children, particularly those who are disadvantaged.
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Call it Fascism, American-Style. Donald Trump's embrace of authoritarian ideals has extended to a veritable war on America's youth.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses G20 health ministers in Berlin in May.
If the G20 is to remain relevant in the quest for more inclusive and fair global governance, Africa offers an historic opportunity for collective action, despite the absence of the US under Trump.
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Donald Trump embodies the corrosive culture of narcissism at its worst. It's a trap.
There is an era that lends itself rather closer than the tired Nazi comparisons of Donald Trump. And it may have a far more useful message for us today.
Peisistratus the tryant enters Athens with a woman dressed as Athena (wisdom) to fool the mob.
No one said he’d win the Presidency. He has. Many fear that Trump will be a tyrant. Will he be?
Writers from Thucydides to Montesquieu have dissected tyranny. Their words assume new pertinence given these fears, and may cast analytic light on coming events.
A billboard of US president-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Danilovgrad, Montenegro.
The world needs great leaders who thrive on making a positive difference to people’s lives and not on festering fear and war mongering.
Hateful movements were able to grow in the early 20th century because the centre right let it happen.
Trump’s demagoguery had the effect not only of humiliating reason in the face of extreme emotion and prejudice, but also of taking people into cloud cuckoo land.
Trump's demagoguery took political discourse in America to a place where it lost contact with reality.
Whatever happens over the next four years it won’t be boring. Let’s hope we get through it.
Donald Trump has enacted the paranoid style, giving its ideas a platform and legitimacy, in his presidential campaign.
How does Donald Trump get away with the type of campaign he’s running? Why, if he’s a narcissistic demagogue, has he found an audience who respond to his politics?
Portrait of Fyodor Dostoyevsky, by Vasily Perov (1872).
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When penning his novel 'Demons,' Fyodor Dostoevsky was influenced by political turmoil in Russia. But his impulsive, crass antagonist bears a striking similarity to the GOP's candidate for president.