And that is just the tip of the iceberg. At bottom democracy is not a natural form of governance. One of the strongest impulses coming out of the base ego is tribalism. Demagogues understand this and fire it up, pitting one group against another. Fox New and the ult-right saw that there was money to be made the same way, firing up grievances real and imagined.

As world population continues to expand and spill over, unwanted, into other groups, conflict expands, with each group looking for a strong man to take charge on their behalf.

You’re absolutely right, guys like Trump don’t create the conditions ripe for exploitation, they just take advantage of them.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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