By Michael D’Antonio
In 1981, Donald Trump revealed his view on life when he told People magazine, “Man is the most vicious of all animals, and life is a series of battles ending in victory or defeat. You can’t just let people make a sucker of you.” Trump, who shared similar sentiments as recently as last November, holds a dim view of humanity — and this is reflected in both his compulsive effort to create conflicts and his brutish politics. It also seems to be spreading, at home and abroad, like a virus that generates fevers of fear and hatred.
Bannon’s nationalism and propaganda skills meshed perfectly with Trump’s and helped him to become President. Both men, and the broader nationalist movement, threaten to transform the world into a place of never-ending battles and vicious human beings that reflects the president’s view of life. This is the primal existence, the “war of all against all” which philosopher Thomas Hobbes imagined was the natural state of humanity absent laws and regulations which create ‘”social contracts.”