Fools seldom differ
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!