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"Who is Donald Trump, and what does he stand for? Do we know? Does he himself know?
Or is he caught in that precarious state of disorientation that characterizes our
current political predicament? The public discourse is heated, the language
inflammatory. Philosopher Hans Sluga of the University of California, Berkeley, brings
a cool head and rational thinking to his interview about our 45th president, Donald
Trump, with Entitled Opinions host Robert Harrison. Trump has been a real estate
developer, a reality TV star, a prolific tweeter, a politician, and has changed his
party affiliation seven or eight times. Is he a fascist? Sluga, author of Wittgenstein
and Heidegger’s Crisis, warns against easy tags: "We've drained this word of much of
its specific meaning." Fascism, he says, "is a form of statism quite different from
what we have in America today." Is he a populist? That’s not clear, either.
"Plutocrat," the term Aristotle used to describe the rule of the rich," might be a
more precise characterization. Sluga says we might turn to the world of real estate to
understand Trump’s worldview."