History tells us what may happen next with Brexit & Trump
Tobias Stone

I think there may be a psychological element that helps to explain the human penchant for destruction. When a person suffers severe violence, at some point it becomes incomprehensible — especially at a young age — and one common coping mechanism is for the victim to (attempt to) dominate suffering by becoming devoted to destruction. The idea is, “I’ll be the one who decides what gets destroyed, and then I’ll be safe while others suffer!” Extreme outbursts of this psychology are shooting rampages and the madness of serial killers. But since this phenomenon propagates along so many channels, for example child abuse and child slavery, it’s typical for a large segment of any population to have a mild case of “destroyer persona.” They feel uncomfortable with civilian life and experience a deeply disturbing restlessness during long periods of peace. Pain from past experience haunts their dreams and every waking moment, and they feel a constant compulsion to force that inner suffering out onto some other person. As I understand it, the destructive outbursts of war are just a composition of this smoldering energy mass than has never learned to seek an inward resolution. They are itching to kill, and when a visceral and violent leader like Trump establishes a mutual channel for taking “action”, they heed nothing but rush to the call. Rational thinking is angrily rejected, almost as if it were the enemy, because it impedes the flow of destructive energy — a flow which in their experience promises relief: “we’ll finally feel safe!”