A world without leaders

The idea that the president “runs the country” is just nonsense, and our president is certainly not, and never has been, “the leader of the free world.” Speaking of leaders in this way just serves to reassure people that there is someone in charge, someone with a plan, some God figure who is taking care of things. But there isn’t.

Trump and the Denial of Complexity

At its core, the Trump campaign and similar brands of reactionary, neo-nationalist politics around the world are all about the denial of complexity. Trump and his followers want to deny the complexity of things like gender and race, the global economy and global politics and, probably most dangerously, the complexity of the global climate–the connections between fossil fuels and climate change. This movement also rejects technocracy, as Trump claims to know more than the scientists working under his administration.