Trump vs. Free Speech

One of the great dangers of Donald Trump's candidacy is his casual willingness to exploit legitimate American frustration and anger and stir them into something ugly for his own benefit.  But careless anger-baiting has consequences, one of which is that you risk turning your followers into an enemy-eating monster, greedy for your next attack on yet another victim and dying for this attack to be more vicious and bloodier than the last.  You are then forced to feed this monster in order to retain its enthusiastic support.  This is the mechanism whereby a thin-skinned, pampered showboat may become a genuinely tyrannical figure. For months, reasonable people (plus this semi-reasonable one) have been arguing that a movement fueled by undirected anger – that is, anger that has forgotten exactly why it arose in the first place – will finally run out of "legitimate enemies" to eat and will start unwittingly devouring its friends and even, finally,...(Read Full Article)