"We humans have a habit of going into phases of mass destruction."

What history can teach us about Trump and Brexit

#Opinion

Tue, Jul 26th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

On Medium, Tobias Stone looks at history repeating itself and wonders, since we're due for "another period of destruction," what our "Archduke Ferdinand moment will be" — a small, apparently insignificant trigger that will plunge the world into war and destruction causing the death of millions of people.

It will come in ways we can’t see coming, and will spin out of control so fast people won’t be able to stop it. Historians will look back and make sense of it all and wonder how we could all have been so naïve. How could I sit in a nice café in London, writing this, without wanting to run away. How could people read it and make sarcastic and dismissive comments about how pro-Remain people should stop whining, and how we shouldn’t blame everything on Brexit. Others will read this and sneer at me for saying America is in great shape, that Trump is a possible future Hitler (and yes, Godwin’s Law. But my comparison is to another narcissistic, charismatic leader fanning flames of hatred until things spiral out of control). It’s easy to jump to conclusions that oppose pessimistic predictions based on the weight of history and learning. Trump won against the other Republicans in debates by countering their claims by calling them names and dismissing them. It’s an easy route but the wrong one.

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