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About lawrence serewicz

An American living and working in the UK trying to understand the American idea and explain it to others. The views in this blog are my own for better or worse.

How the Alt-Right is using the Pepe Symbol to undermine the media

If you have been watching social media during the presidential campaign, you will have seen the Pepe meme. Pepe is a cartoon green frog was initially created to signal a desire to relax or chill.[1] During the election, it was … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on the Gorilla Mindset

On the surface this is another self-help book. You can find a summary posted at this link.[1] It contains the standard advice such as “get more sleep”, “eat better”, “exercise” “practice mindfulness” “stay away from negative people and thoughts” “eat … Continue reading

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What is treason of the deep state?

Bannon and indirectly Trump believe that they are being betrayed by the “deep state” which appears to be defined as the bureaucrats and the bureaucracy that they inherited. In particular, those individuals who served the Obama administration and appear loyal … Continue reading

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If Trump is a media whore, is Rupert Murdoch his media pimp?

Trump has been described as a “media whore”.[1] He seeks publicity, good or bad, to retain his status as a public celebrity. He wants publicity to be a celebrity. He knows the public defer to celebrity status more than moral … Continue reading

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Trump as the WWE president. It is all a show.

Trump is the “WWE president”. Like a character in a wrestling drama, he trashes CNN to the public and talks privately to its CEO. The spats and tantrums attract attention and distract from other issues. With these events, he manages … Continue reading

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The day Teflon Don emerged

Today, Trump had a disastrous press conference. By all accounts it appeared Trump bombed. Some comments compare him to Nixon as he crumbled under Watergate. For others, he sounded confused, discombobulated, and incoherent. All of this is true and it … Continue reading

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Is Donald Trump the American Kurtz?

In the classic book, Heart of Darkness, which inspired the film Apocalypse Now[1], Joseph Conrad tells the story of Charles Marlowe who has been sent to Africa by an unnamed company to find one of its agents—Kurtz. Kurtz went deep … Continue reading

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Trump threatens US reporters to make them obedient

For I know that some human beings are like horses—the more they get what they want, the more unruly they are apt to become. The way to manage men like that is to put the fear of the bodyguard into … Continue reading

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Who won Trump’s press conference? Rupert Murdoch

As the public recover from their first experience with a Trump presidential press conference, we can take stock of what has happened. For Trump supporters, this was a masterpiece. This is what they wanted. This is what they want. They … Continue reading

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Will the next “Trump” unite all the dispossessed?

Trump has succeeded to a large extent because he appears to speak for those who feel dispossessed by the American political and economic systems. For the most part, though, that appeal has been limited to the White middle class. However, … Continue reading

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