Subject to whim and caprice?

“He has moved to keep a number of the scary promises that were easier to dismiss as unfeasible during the campaign than to accept as actual policies in the real world. But the big stories he has generated have had nothing to do with these actions.


This is the result of a manipulation strategy described long ago by historian and cognitive scientist Noam Chomsky: ‘Keep the adult public attention diverted away from the real social issues, and captivated by matters of no real importance.’ Leftists such as Chomsky argue that this is what capitalist elites do, but I know it as a common tactic of kleptocratic regimes such as Vladimir Putin’s in Russia.”


Trump is a master of diversionary tactics
Leonid Bershidsky, Opinion, Chicago Tribune


Graphic by Rafael Barker


We keep hearing, almost without cease,
That he’s subject to whim and caprice.
If you buy it, you’re dreaming;
His act is the scheming
Of a wolf who is costumed in fleece.

© 2017 Colleen Anderson


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