I’m a computer scientist, so I don’t actually know what I’m talking about when I describe Trump and…

I take heart in the wide spread opposition to Trump. So I think that we have to keep things in perspective Alexainie and H. Nemesis Nyx. Trump is not even in office yet and things have not degenerated beyond recognition, yet.

I keep thinking that you can’t be at a high level of agitation (fear, outrage, or another strong emotion) for long periods of time. At least for me, I have a tendency to think that it will not be that bad, the American establishment and institutions will rein in Trump. That’s certainly what I hope. But I also realize that it is very easy to lose your alertness with the demands of day-to-day life.

I do not believe that Trump is a seminal figure in the way that George W. Bush was. Bush was the figurehead for an experienced group of Washington insiders, chiefly Dick Cheney, who embarked on a mission to remake US foreign policy. They changed history, and not in a good way.

Trump is surrounded by lobbyists, mid-level Wall Street guys and third string politicians and military officers. Trump is a symptom of a larger wave in US history. Trump may be a demagogue, but he has none of the force of personality or brilliance that you see in history’s strong men. In order to remake a Western society, you have to have some vision for what you want that society to be. I don’t see Trump as this kind of person. Trump definitely has fascist tendencies, but he doesn’t have the competence Mussolini had.

Or at least these are the stories that I tell myself so I can sleep at night.

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