At least since Orwell, bad writing has been linked with bad politics. But is good writing really a panacea for social, economic, legal, and political ills? Behaving Badly
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"I see Trump as not a ruler but rather akin to the various fools, jesters or, in the case of Lear, the character of Edgar, who appears before the king in disguise and warns him of his enemies. Don’t interpret the word “fool” too literally here. The most common features of these characters is that they speak between the cracks in the action and utter sentiments that no one else dares to voice. That’s Trump on Twitter. Would the word “covfefe” be so out of place in one of those poetic rants?
And looking forward, what might a study of Shakespeare tell us to watch for in the evolution of the Trump administration? How’s this for a start?:
- Blood may be thicker than water, but nonetheless power struggles can break family bonds rather easily.
- Power cannot be given away and still retained.
- Don’t overweight legitimacy and birth order in determining succession.
- Love is a wild card.
- There is no maximum limit to chaos.