Fools sel­dom dif­fer

Bangkok Post - - OPINION -

What on earth could Don­ald Trump and Kim Jong-un have in com­mon? The an­swer is: Pub­lic adu­la­tion. They both lap it up.

Mr Kim does it via state con­trol, with any non-par­tic­i­pa­tion hav­ing dire con­se­quences. Mr Trump does it with tightly con­trolled cam­paign-style ral­lies in­volv­ing se­lected sup­port­ers in at­ten­dance.

Both sce­nar­ios have the same vis­ual ap­pear­ance to broad­cast out­lets — a crowd of cheer­ing, back­slap­ping, emo­tional peo­ple in­dulging in a form of hero wor­ship, with the re­cip­i­ents sport­ing self-sat­is­fied fa­cial ex­pres­sions.

Is this pop­ulism, democ­racy, nar­cis­sism, or some other “ism”? Hitler elicited the same re­sponses from his pub­lic at that time!

BERNIE HODGES

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