Trump has put the American public into a state of ‘collective madness’

Raw Story spoke with Ian Hughes, Ph.D., author of “Disordered Minds,” which explores how a small proportion of people with dangerous personality disorders are responsible for most of the violence and greed that scars our world. He also contributed tto “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump,” edited by Bandy X. Lee. Read the interview on Raw Story here.

Disordered Minds - Ian Hughes

1 thought on “Trump has put the American public into a state of ‘collective madness’

  1. Actually, Trump is both a symptom and a cause of the collective madness. Lobaczewski describes in detail – as you clearly know – the process by which an elite represses truths, leading to ‘hysteria’ that gradually spreads across society. That elite is neither left nor right, but both, each side of the coin using different methods to block out uncomfortable truths. One side blatantly denies such truths (as an example, climate change) whilst the other side acknowledges them but uses clever rationality to carry on as before (e.g. driving a large car, eating imported foods). The so-called ‘elite’ seems to comprise the middle and upper-middle class, the political class and the super-rich.

    Trump therefore is a symptom of a lack of conscience in a substantial part of the US. Those at the bottom (who’ve suffered injustices) and those who are themselves tainted by pathology are easily sucked in by the growing hysteria.

    Lobaczewski wrote that sometimes a short, sharp shock, such as a lost war, can restore a sense of reality. There is the possibility that the Corona virus might do that.

    The UK appears to be behind the USA cycle of hysteria. However, we have our own highly narcissistic, self-serving ‘leader’ – lying, manipulate, grandiose (apparently 250K is ‘chicken feed’), bed-hopping and mask-wearing (described by an ex-girlfriend as a remote loner with few real friends who dislikes parties but puts on a ‘Boris Johnson Variety Show’, and who suffers from ‘black dog moods of depression’).

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