I’m thinking of writing a longer thing about Donald Trump and what happens to the country when the President has a deep inferiority complex that translates state-level decision-making that reflects that mindset. (I feel like I’m not cheating on my 300-words-or-less blogging resolution by blogging about maybe writing a longer piece.)
I realize that this is, in Kenneth Waltz-speak, a first-level analysis — and therefore limited by default. It’s also shameless armchair psychology, but I can live with that. I really do think that Trump’s personality and internal logic — or lack thereof — can and will heavily affect our foreign policy and how we are viewed internationally.
I’m trying to think of historical examples of similar figures who managed to acquire enormous amounts of power and am coming up empty, maybe because the reality of Trump as PEOTUS is still so preposterous to me that it brings no analog to mind. Any suggestions?