Does Donald Trump use Nazi-style rhetoric? David Livingstone-Smith argues that Trump’s rhetorical style is very similar to the style employed by the Nazis, and analyzed in “The Psychology of Propaganda,” a 1941 paper by R. Money-Kyrle. Livingstone-Smith says speeches by both Hitler, and Trump seeks to first evoke depression in the audience, then transition into a paranoid frenzy of blaming others, before ending with a manic solution. Maria Armoudian discusses ideology, propaganda, and race with Livingstone-Smith.

David Livingstone-Smith is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of New England. He is an expert in the philosophy of psychology and the author of Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others.

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