Donald Trump and the authoritarian temptation | Brookings Institution – Shadi Hamid

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on Februar...

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 10, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article by Shadi Hamid, published by the Brookings Institution (originally published in the Atlantic) is a must read. It argues that Donald Trump has exposed the tension between democracy and liberal values—similar to the Arab Spring.

Source: Donald Trump and the authoritarian temptation | Brookings Institution

Personally, I find the article a bit far-fetched. It almost portrays Trump as an Erdogan type character.

For me, there are two important points to add. Firstly, there are enormous checks and balances in US government. Secondly, most US presidents abandon their campaign rhetoric and concentrate on the politics of power.

Thoughts?

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