The chaos of Trump and Brexit shows that democracy is not simply majority rule

Anger at neoliberalism’s broken promises has morphed on both sides of the Atlantic into vilification of immigrants and, in the hands of Donald Trump, into an almost daily display of hatred towards the poor. In both the US and UK, political leaders have emerged to scapegoat minorities as the cause of society’s ills and legitimise their truncated vision of democracy as majority rule as the solution.

This article on Euronews Vision warns that when, as Oscar Wilde warned, democracy comes to mean the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people, the worst is yet to come.

 

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We are only human – Ian Hughes ponders the limits of what we can know

The article below was written quite a few years back when I was working as an atomic physicist. It still rings true today…

ABRAHAM PAIS relates in his biography of Niels Bohr that the renowned Danish
physicist once claimed to a friend: “I have made a great discovery, a very great
discovery. All that philosophers have ever written is pure drivel!” Continue reading

Living Well at Others’ Expense Book Review

My review of Stephan Lessenich’s great new book ‘Living Well at Others’ Expense’ appears in the Irish Times today. It is an insightful and challenging book in which he argues convincingly that global inequality is not simply the fault of the richest 1%. Instead, today’s model of global capitalism means that we are all complicit. Read my review here.

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump

Originally released in fall 2017, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump was a runaway bestseller. Alarmed Americans and international onlookers wanted to know: What is wrong with him? With eight new essays (including one by Ian Hughes, author of Disordered Minds), this new edition covers the dangerous ramifications of Trump’s unnatural state. It’s not all in our heads. It’s in his.  Continue reading

Disordered Minds featured on Rob Kall’s Radio Show. Listen here.

I am honored to appear on Rob Kall’s Bottom Up Radio show to discuss my new book Disordered Minds: How Dangerous Personalities Are Destroying Democracy. “Ian Hughes has written an extraordinary book that spells out how three personality disorders are dangerous to humanity and the world.” Rob Kall

Listen to Disordered Minds on Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio here

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