New Essays by the Editors

Ernest Partridge: "WE ARE AT WAR!" Oh, Really?
Some Questions

Bernard Weiner: The Post-Trump "Restoration."



October 14, 2017







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While there have surely been American presidents who could be said to be narcissistic, none have shown sociopathic qualities to the degree seen in Trump. Correspondingly, none have been so definitively and so obviously dangerous. Democracy requires respect and protection for multiple points of view, concepts that are incompatible with sociopathy. The need to be seen as superior and a lack of empathy or remorse for harming other people are in fact the signature characteristics of tyrants, who seek the control and destruction of all who oppose them, as well as loyalty to themselves instead of the country they lead...  Trump’s sociopathic characteristics are undeniable and create a profound danger for America.

Dr. Lance Dodes
Boston Psychoanalytic Society


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Ernest Partridge

NEW:    "WE ARE AT WAR!" Oh, Really? Some Questions

As the American media pumps up its Russophobic rhretoric, escalating the status of the Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation from "rival" to "adversary" to "enemy, " and the crisis from "rivalry" to "The equivalent of war," finally to (unqualified) "war," numerous urgent questions arise. These questions are, for the most part, ignored by our mainstream media. Absent a serious discussion of these questions by the MSM, I will pose some of these question and suggest a few answers.

REPRISE:  Unwrapping the Russia Enigma.  There is not “a” Russia issue. There are several separate “Russia Issues.”  In other words, “it's complicated.”  The American public does not like complications. It wants simplicity. Unfortunately, the mainstream media is much too willing to accommodate the public. I discuss four of these issues, which can not be appropriately addressed unless they are dealt with separately.

Bernard Weiner: 

NEW:  The Post-Trump "Restoration."  (Boston, October 5, 2035) -- Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alexandra Corker’s much-awaited "The Restoration Years: America in the Post-Trump Era" jumped to the top of the best-seller lists almost immediately. The Harvard professor and I spoke in her Cambridge home about the revelations in that volume: “When he was finally gone, nothing less than a thoroughgoing cleansing of the foul-smelling stable was in order. That was ‘The Restoration’ era, years of undoing the great damage his administration had foisted on the country.” 

REPRISE:  “Stop the World, I Want to Get Off”: Trump and Authoritarianism.  Those with authoritarian proclivities tend to look to a strong, domineering leader to carry them over the shoals of their disorienting confusions and their inchoate angers and frustrations. These followers tend to see these charismatic leaders as generally flawless. What they assert is accepted as truth. And they don’t tell lies. When the leader they trust is caught out having told lies, he is excused because his lie is in the service of his justifiable agenda or is deemed excusable because his behavior is sanctioned by religious faith.” (First posted August 7, 2016.)


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