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Plato Would be Horrified by Trump's Rise

A recent editorial in the Washington Post declared: "Plato Would be Horrified by Trump's Rise." Well, you just knew that we could not pass that up! In our most recent episode, "Plato, Trump, and the Hunger Games of Liberal Democracy," we explain why Plato would be horrified by the rise and influence of Donald Trump, but we also explain why Plato would also be horrified by US and our current political discourse and environment. Donald Trump may (or may not) be the Meletus of contemporary American politics, but that is only half the story. Modern Liberal Political Philosophy, and the legal and institutional arrangements it invents, emerge in and through a conscious rejection of Classical or Platonic Political Philosophy, so let the Hunger Games begin. Enjoy! 

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/plato-would-have-predicted--and-been-horrified-by--trumps-rise/2016/04/26/3805cb80-0bec-11e6-a6b6-2e6de3695b0e_story.html