Thank you, Bo Shao. This is an excellent analogy that illustrates disturbing similarities between the Trump regime and the decline into demagoguery of Mao. While I was a student of modern China and the Chinese revolutionary tradition in the ‘70s it didn’t occur to me to look at the Trump situation from the Cultural Revolutionary perspective. In many ways there are great differences as Mao was the product of fifty years of revolutionary and political rule. His pathology has a long and complex history also. In my opinion, whatever his mental failures he was intelligent and, in his earlier years, capable. Trump is, almost certainly, a short lived disaster if based only on his ignorance and mental instability. The horror of the millions who died in the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution are, hopefully, far out of Trump’s reach.