Footnotes

 

1.     Rick Perry, 2011 GOP Tea Party Debate in Tampa, Florida 9/2/11

http://www.ontheissues.org/Cabinet/Rick_Perry_Government_Reform.htm

 

2.     https://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/7-billion-spent-on-2012-campaign-fec-says-087051

https://www.politico.com/story/2008/11/2008-campaign-costliest-in-us-history-015283

 

3.     Wikipedia: Verstehen

 

The sociologist Max Weber (1864-1920) identified three sources of authority: Tradition (it’s always been done that way), Charismatic (because the great or dear leader says so), and Rational-Legal (decisions are made by due process and procedures).

 

As befits a large-scale liberal democracy, the U.S. system of government is mainly Rational-Legal, producing decisions that are mostly accepted as generally just and fair. In the Presidential Election of 2016, however, a substantial portion of the electorate defaulted to the misleadingly charismatic Donald Trump, a choice sometimes made in societies suffering from social chaos.

 

4.     Arlie Hochschild; “Strangers in Their Own Land”; The New Press; New York, N.Y.; 2016; p.p. 155, 167.

 

5.     Ibid; p.p. 171, 172, 177.

 

6.     Ibid; p. 183.

 

7.     Ibid; p.p. 34-35.

 

8.     Ibid; p. 208.

 

9.     Ibid; p. 210.

 

10.  Ibid; p. 9.

 

11.  Ibid;  p. 231.

 

12.  Ibid; p. 77.

 

13.  Modern secular equality can be justified by the idea that people have a “basic equality,” because they have different capabilities. All people are therefore deserving of respect.

 

14.  A less Darwinian branch of liberal philosophy believes that it is the role of government through anti-trust measures, education and public works to periodically relevel the playing field so that all may have a chance in the continuing American experiment with self-government.

 

15.  Hochschild, p. 135.

 

16.  Ibid; p. 136.

 

17.  Ibid; p. 141.

 

18.  Ibid; p.p. 136-137.

 

19.  Ibid; p. 141.

 

20.  https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/how-much-did-the-financial-crisis-cost/.

 

21.  Hochschild; p. 225.

 

22.  Reinhold Niebuhr; “The Essential Reinhold Niebuhr”; Yale University Press; New Haven; 1986; p.p. 170, 172.

 

23.  Dani Rodrik; “Straight Talk on Trade”; Princeton University Press; Princeton; 2018; p. 47.

 

24.  Steven Levitsky and Daniel Zieblatt; “How Democracies Die”; Penguin  Random House LLC; New York; 2018; p. 173.

 

25.  Washington Post 3/20/18; “The Republican Party in the Age of Trump

 

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