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Donald Trump’s Mind Control Methods Revealed – Mike Swanson (05/29/2016)

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The Manchurian Candidate – 1962

I have been reading a fascinating book by Eva Horn. She’s a literature professor in Germany who has written a book titled The Secret War: Treason, Espionage, and Modern Fiction

Eva Horn finds in political fiction a means to analyze political secrets and changes in American culture.

In one section of her book she writes about the classic 1962 movie The Manchurian Candidate.

The plot of that movie is about mind control methods.

The movie focuses on a Korean War POW who becomes brainwashed by his captors into becoming an assassin robot to be switched on when the time is right.

He comes home to be under the control of his mother, whose husband is running for President of the United States and gets on TV and talks like Joseph McCarthy warning of communist spies.

It’s all weird.

But the movie also shows how the viewers of the movie themselves have been controlled by their own television sets.

It shows how television had come to play a key role in how people perceive of their political candidates and shows how important TV was becoming in 1962.

The image above is from the movie. In the movie you see this Presidential candidate act crazy and stupid. But when he is on TV he makes a good impression. So you get to see the difference between reality and the TV image, but it is the image that matters so much and so can at times be more real than what is real.

Remember this is just two years after the first televised Presidential debate.

Now that was 54 years ago and TV images are more important in elections now than ever before.

It is all about perceptions as we enter a strange moment in the American empire.

We have voters angry with what they have seen in both parties crying out for change.

And Donald Trump has channeled their anger to defeat all his Republican primary opponents.

No one thought he could do it, but he did it. But if Trump wins will he be able to make the changes people desire? To do that will require more than just defeating election opponents, but shaking up entrenched government.

For instance he would enter office trapped by Federal Reserve policies and has already said he would essentially welcome printing more money and having the nation go deeper into debt if the Federal Reserve demands it.

President Obama first ran for President promising to diverge away from Bush style foreign policies, but found he was a bit trapped by the deep state bureaucracy. His rule has been more marked by the continuation of previous foreign policies than changing them.

What few people know though is that Donald Trump used an arsenal of mind control techniques to destroy his primary opponents.

Scott Horton, host of the Scott Horton Show, did an incredible interview about this with Scott Adams, the Dilbert Cartoonist, who broke it all down.

You can listen to this interview by going here: Scott Adams on Donald Trump’s “Master Persuader Skills”

I asked Horton if I could make a transcript of this interview so I could share it with people and he was gracious enough to let me do that.

TRANSCRIPT:

00:31 SCOTT HORTON: Alright, you guys, welcome back. I’m Scott Horton. It’s my show, the Scott Horton Show. Up next, it’s Scott Adams, the author of the Dilbert cartoon, and also turns out a very interesting political analyst other than in cartoon form. Welcome to the show! How are you doing, Scott?

00:53 SCOTT ADAMS: I’m doing great, thanks for having me.

00:55 SCOTT HORTON: Very happy to have you here. I saw you on CNN saying some very interesting things. We talked about it here on the show a little bit. I’ve been reading your blog a little bit more and learning a little bit more about what you have to say about this Donald Trump phenomenon, and thought I’d like to give people a chance to hear it. If you could, first of all as you explain on your blog, could you explain the moist robot hypothesis? Which I think I agree with just from hearing the title. And then from there, what exactly is a master wizard, if you could?

01:27 SCOTT ADAMS: Well, the moist robot hypothesis, I wrote about it in my latest book ‘How To Fail At Almost Everything And Still Win Big,’ but the idea is that we’re essentially programmed computers, that free will is an illusion, and that if we take care of our bodies, our minds generally go to a good place. So, the ideas that we can be easily influenced by a master persuader, someone who has the talent to know how to program that user interface that is human beings. That set of skills is very well-known. Science has tested it. There’s lots of studies about what influences people. I’m a trained hypnotist by background, so I recognize in Donald Trump a number of these skills of persuasion that he himself says he has. He wrote a book called The Art of the Deal where he talks about negotiating, and that field of negotiating, hypnosis, persuasion, influence, it’s all kind of the same thing. It’s the same set of skills.

02:31 SCOTT HORTON: That’s interesting. I told this story before, I took psychology and social psychology in junior college just to try to protect myself from this kind of thing so I could try to be reasonable and make my decisions based on information and not in an emotional way or some looking glass self way, or some victim of advertising or political spin kind of way. I want the truth, damn it. And yet, I recognized that everybody else in class were going into advertising or government for a living and that’s why they were there was to learn how to manipulate people. I don’t know if any of them will ever attain the rank of master wizard, but basically, I guess you’re right. At the end of the day, what’s reason got to do with it? It’s all about how you make people feel, and if you feed ’em jelly beans while you tell ’em your argument they’ll be 75% more likely to agree with you at the end kind of thing. It is like that.

03:23 SCOTT ADAMS: Yes, and with Donald Trump it goes way beyond just saying things that people wanna hear him say, although that actually is a method of persuasion. If you say something that someone is thinking before they’ve said it, then that’s a hugely persuasive thing to do. They’ll end up agreeing with everything else you say after that. So when Trump did that about blocking Muslim immigration temporarily, he accurately guessed that a large percentage of the general population was thinking that, but wouldn’t say it out loud. And polls have backed him up, so that was not just a good guess and not just a politically expedient thing, which is the way it’s being reported, but it’s a deep persuasive technique. I’ll give you another one. When Trump talks about whether Hillary Clinton was the worst Secretary of State of all-time or not, that’s a trick called selling past the close. If he makes you think about the question of who else is as bad as she was, you’ve already accepted the premise that she was bad and all you’re talking about is whether she was the worst. So, when you see somebody set up a question in that form it’s a car salesman trick.

04:39 SCOTT HORTON: Mm-hmm.

04:40 SCOTT ADAMS: When the car salesman says, “Do you think you would like the blue one in your driveway better or the red one?” He’s making you think past the decision of buying it.

04:50 SCOTT HORTON: But that’s a pretty cheap trick, isn’t it? That doesn’t sound like a wizard technique as much as kind of a hack technique there, no?

04:57 SCOTT ADAMS: Well, first of all if you saw only one of the techniques in isolation of course it wouldn’t mean much.

05:02 SCOTT HORTON: Oh, I see.

05:02 SCOTT ADAMS: But you have to understand that you’re getting a blizzard of associations and influence every time Trump opens his mouth. But the other thing that’s interesting about influence is that you can tell somebody what you’re doing while you’re doing it to them, and it won’t affect the fact that it works. So the fact that I told you just how that works, the selling past the close, that doesn’t change its effectiveness. It still works.

05:33 SCOTT ADAMS: The other big trick that Trump does is he directs energy to where he wants it. My best example was during the first debate when he got the gotcha question about his comments about women in general, and he quickly brought up Rosie O’Donnell because that just absorbed all the headlines and turned it into sort of a focus on a character that he knew would not be popular with his Republican base. So he basically just owned the conversation simply by moving it to someplace irresistible that would keep the energy there, and you’ll see the same trick over and over.

06:12 SCOTT ADAMS: For example, when Chris Cuomo was interviewing on CNN, this was a while ago, a few months ago, and said, “The Pope had some bad things to say about capitalism.” The question was to set up to get Trump to disagree with the Pope. Alright. That’s what the question was designed to do. But what Trump did was he didn’t fall for it. He said instead some version of, “The Pope should be worried that ISIS is coming to take over the Vatican.” Now, as soon as you get that in your head, you forget what the question was. Because as you imagine ISIS coming into the Vatican and taking over, which by the way always has a at least one pinky in truth, because ISIS would love to do that. They would love to do that if they could. So nothing he says is 100% crazy, but it’s just provocative enough that it takes all the energy to a place where he’s strong, which is his opinions about immigration, defense, economics, and away from anything that would be a weakness for him.

07:16 SCOTT HORTON: And now, but I see he’s saying, Scott, on CNN that what this amounts to is the others have no chance whatsoever. And Jeb Bush can basically do nothing but cry because, as you put it, on CNN they’re bringing sticks to a flame thrower fight. And he is just a giant, stomping and crushing them, and I can see your point there that there’s really nothing that they can do about this at this point. He’s light years ahead.

07:41 SCOTT ADAMS: Couple of clarifications. First of all, I don’t support Trump. I’m not endorsing him. I’m rather just analysing his methods, and in my blog for entertainment, I predict that he’s definitely gonna win. And I use what I call the master persuader filter to make those predictions. Now, that doesn’t mean it’s true. I’m just saying that if you predict things based on this filter, see how it does. So I used that filter to predict if Carly Fiorina would hit a top in the polls after she’d mentioned the dead, squirming, aborted baby image. Because what she did was pair that image with her in people’s minds, and that really is the master persuader suicide. So that’s something that Trump would never do, and it killed her. That was the end of Fiorina after that association.

08:34 SCOTT ADAMS: If you look at the closing statements of the last debate, each of the other candidates said something terrible was happening, the world was coming to an end. Trump made maybe a quick statement about, “Things are bad. I’m gonna make this place great, great, great. It’s gonna be terrific. Look at all the things I can do. I’ll find trillions of dollars of free money that’s overseas and bring it back.” So what he does is he says things that make you simply feel good. At least in that example, none of it is a lie. He just focused on things that make you feel good. Now, you don’t have a choice about feeling good when people say things that are images you like. That’s just an automatic association. But if, let’s say, Rand Paul has a good intellectual idea of how we should approach taxes or anything else, that’s an intellectual reason. Your brain can look at that. It can reject it. It can begin to accept it. Usually, it rejects it because we don’t like to change our minds, but Trump doesn’t work on that level. He’s not working on the rational level. He’s going for automatic connections.

09:42 SCOTT HORTON: And he’s winning. It’s terrific. No. I’m just kidding. Alright. Hold it right there everybody. We’ll be right back after this break with Scott Adams, the author of the Dilbert cartoon, and a master wizard hypothesis about Donald Trump and his control of the masses’ minds. It’s a lot of fun. Go read his blog. It’s a lot of great stuff on there. We’ll be right back.

11:01 SCOTT HORTON: Well, that was kind of a fitting intro for this interview with Scott Adams, author of the Dilbert cartoon. Hello, is that even the right way to say that? Author of a cartoon?

11:13 SCOTT ADAMS: Sure. I think creator, but author works too.

11:16 SCOTT HORTON: Yeah. There you go. Yeah. Boy, I’ve been reading your stuff for years, and years, and years.

11:20 SCOTT ADAMS: I’d like to think I’m not that old, but okay.

11:23 SCOTT HORTON: Sorry about that. Me too, if it makes you feel any better. Alright. Hey listen, so everybody, Scott has this theory about the master persuader, and he says that Donald Trump is one. And boy oh boy does he know all the tricks for getting people to give him his way, and he uses them unapologetically. And boy is it working in the head-to-head polls with Hillary. And of course, he’s just way ahead of everybody else. He’s by far the frontrunner of this campaign, and he doesn’t seem… In the last couple election cycles, the Republicans all had their little Herman Cain, Rick Perry moment, but it never lasted. But this is nothing like that. This is just… Man, is he way out ahead and staying there?

12:05 SCOTT HORTON: But so here’s the thing though, to a lot of us, this guy is a freaking maniac. He doesn’t seem to have any principles whatsoever, he believes only in himself, some of his solutions are things like, “I will find the most ruthless murderer in the entire Pentagon to kill every last Sunni until their Islamic State is gone.” Or some madness. “The free exercise clause of the first amendment, well, a lot of the privileges that we’ve had are gonna have to go.” And things like this. Maybe he can master persuade some people, but some of the rest of us are thinking, “Boy, I sure don’t support any other candidates I’ll say, but can I say I support him the least when he’s talking outright about violating people’s right to pick what church they go to and this kinda thing?” This is madness. How can he get away with it? That’s the real question I guess.

13:00 SCOTT ADAMS: Where did he say anything about limiting the rights of legal Americans? I don’t think he said anything along the lines of that.

13:07 SCOTT HORTON: Yeah, no, he did. Well, I don’t exactly the frame of the question, but it was a legit newspaper reporter, Yahoo! News or AP or Reuters or one of them. They were asking him about closing down Mosques, and then he referred to the Bill of Rights as a privilege. He said, “Well, we’re gonna have to get used to the idea that we’re gonna have to get rid of some of these privileges that we have had up until now.”

13:32 SCOTT ADAMS: Was he talking about specific Mosques? I don’t think he was talking about banning Mosques in general.

13:39 SCOTT HORTON: No, I don’t mean to imply in general, but it didn’t seem like he was gonna be discriminating that carefully. You know what I mean. It was a pretty threatening statement the way I heard it.

13:51 SCOTT ADAMS: But let me check it. This is fun for me because I’ve actually never talked to anybody with the opinion that you’ve just expressed. And I’ve been waiting because I just want to ask you a few questions, if you don’t mind.

14:01 SCOTT HORTON: Sure. Yeah. No, of course.

14:03 SCOTT ADAMS: What makes you think you know what’s in his mind given that he says loudly and often that he negotiates and asks for outrageous things so he can negotiate back? Given that he states that and lives it, and demonstrates it in 100% of all he has done for decades, why do you think it’s different this time?

14:24 SCOTT HORTON: Well, I don’t necessarily, but I have a problem. To me it’s criminal enough, almost, that he would normalize that kind of thing when it used to be, even under George W. Bush, that, “Hey man, don’t be intolerant toward Muslims just for being Muslims.” And Trump is saying, “Screw that, anybody who has a minority share of the power, feel free to pick on them one way or the other. That’s the side I’m on,” he seems to be proclaiming. This guy basically talking in ways that no other Republican would legitimize that level of bigotry. Like rounding up all the Mexicans and getting rid of them. That kind of deal or all the illegals, 12 million people.

15:28 SCOTT ADAMS: But keep in mind, the things you’re angry at, are the things you believe he thinks. Not the things he’s proposed.

15:34 SCOTT HORTON: No. I’m talking about the things that he’s talked about. We’ll round up all the illegal immigrants and get rid of them. I’m not saying I think he will actually do that, but I’m saying he’s creating an atmosphere where the right is worse than they always are. And he’s helping give a stamp of approval on that from on high.

15:52 SCOTT ADAMS: Well, that’s true. But let me just drill down on any one of those claims because what happens is if you drill down on any one of them, individually you end up saying, “Okay. Well, he’s just trying to do the job of the President which is get rid of the illegals and keep the legal people in, and protect them.” So really that’s just his job description is what he described. I mean, there’s no one who thinks the country should have 11 million illegals. There are just different ways that you deal with it. Either you’re trying to work with him… And by the way, I would agree with working with people and trying to figure out a way to keep the people who’ve been good citizens if not legal Americans.

16:37 SCOTT HORTON: I certainly don’t care if there are 12 million illegals in the country. What’s illegal? The government said they can’t come in? I don’t care about that. And a lot of people don’t. A lot of people would be happy to welcome them all wherever the…

[overlapping conversation]

16:53 SCOTT ADAMS: Let me ask you though… What’s interesting is that Trump provides a plan, which you can hate, but it’s not being compared to another plan. So if you have an opinion on his plan without an alternative, which I haven’t heard yet, then you haven’t quite created an informed opinion. So what would be the alternative to…

17:13 SCOTT HORTON: You’re asking me for one? Repeal every immigration law. That’s my solution, that’s easy.

17:18 SCOTT ADAMS: Just open the borders?

17:19 SCOTT HORTON: Yeah, of course. Is this a free society or not?

17:22 SCOTT ADAMS: I accept that as a consistent opinion.

17:27 SCOTT HORTON: I’m a Libertarian. I’m very consistent.

17:30 SCOTT ADAMS: But Libertarian means just get rid of the governments in general, right?

17:34 SCOTT HORTON: Of course, yes, absolutely. Wars first. War and torture and mass rounding up and deportations are the first things to go. Mass imprisonments and mass murder.

17:45 SCOTT ADAMS: But if you follow that, don’t you become Islamic eventually?

17:49 SCOTT HORTON: Huh?

17:50 SCOTT ADAMS: Wouldn’t the Islamic forces take over wherever there wasn’t a government to stop them?

17:57 SCOTT HORTON: Oh, come on man. Are you really saying that? One-seventh of the population of the world is all hell-bent on one Islamic empire to rule them all, is that what you think?

18:07 SCOTT ADAMS: That’s what they say. I’m just reporting what they say.

18:11 SCOTT HORTON: Well, whatever. But if a five-year-old in kindergarten said the same thing, are you gonna go, “Oh, okay. I guess you represent all the five-year-olds and you’re all coming to get me?” That’s completely stupid. What are you talking about?

18:19 SCOTT ADAMS: Well, it is a group of people who have taken over most of several countries already and they’re planning attacks on other shores.

18:30 SCOTT HORTON: Oh, no. They’ve taken over where America, by invading, has created ungoverned spaces. They have filled the vacuum in the smallest part of Iraq, and okay, the majority, at least half of Syria, but that’s because America made it that way for them. And it’s not because their religion mandated all of this stuff or…

18:48 SCOTT ADAMS: That’s right, of course. Of course. Of course.

18:51 SCOTT HORTON: Aggression.

18:52 SCOTT ADAMS: I’m agreeing they’re going into a vacuum, but…

18:54 SCOTT HORTON: I’m saying you might as well be frightening me with Khrushchev from the ’50s is gonna come forward from the past to come and get me or some other ridiculous bogeyman. No. The American people have… There’s no enemy state on this planet. The closest thing we have to an enemy are these Jihadist groups, and our government supports them right now in Syria, where they accidentally supported them before in Iraq and in Lib… Well, Libya was pretty deliberate. And anyway, no. All our government needs to do is stop intervening to protect us from terrorists. They’re not protecting us from terrorists, they created these guys in the first place, Scott, come on.

19:29 SCOTT ADAMS: You don’t want me talk, do you? ‘Cause you’re afraid of what I’m gonna say next. You know… Yeah?

19:33 SCOTT HORTON: No, no, no! No, I’m not. I’m just answering your question. Please go ahead, the floor is yours.

19:37 SCOTT ADAMS: Well, you just said that ISIS filled the vacuum that we created and you said, “Why don’t we create a vacuum over here by getting rid of the government?” And I’m saying that vacuums get filled. That’s all, I’m just agreeing with you, that…

19:50 SCOTT HORTON: Yeah, but you said it’s…

19:50 SCOTT ADAMS: That bad people fill vacuums.

19:52 SCOTT HORTON: Yeah, but I’m saying you’re really saying that the likelihood would be the vacuum would be filled in America. Not in Iraqi Sunnistan, but in America. It would be filled by the Islamic state, and the US government is the one holding them at bay? Come on.

20:06 SCOTT ADAMS: Well, it would be settled by bad actors, Pete.

20:08 SCOTT HORTON: Tell me more about Donald Trump’s magic tricks.

[laughter]

20:15 SCOTT ADAMS: Okay. What would you like to hear?

20:18 SCOTT HORTON: Well, how is it that he gets these right populists to not mind all the completely ridiculous, inconsistent, and horrible things that he says, and only see him as their champion? He even says, “The problem is wages are too high in America and that’s why the companies are leaving.” At the same time, he says he’s gonna make all their wages go higher, and they just don’t care. Is it because he has a coin and waves it in front of their eyes, or what is it?

20:46 SCOTT ADAMS: Well, I think the game of getting elected is saying lots of bullshit that people will believe, and they think all the candidates do that. There’s nobody out on the trail who’s saying things that can actually happen. It’s all a lot of magic tricks of cutting expenses and cutting taxes at the same time and a lot of magic. So his particular brand of baloney tastes different than other people’s but it’s not less ridiculous.

21:13 SCOTT HORTON: See now, here’s a point where you and me are completely eye to eye is when Jeb and the rest of them cry that, “Oh, Donald Trump is illegitimate,” or Karl Rove, “This guy is so far out of bounds,” whatever. He’s actually on some of these issues, he’s just one click to the right, or maybe to the left of them, on this thing or another. And if he’s completely illegitimate, they sort of have four fingers pointing back at themselves, it sure seems like in a big way.
21:40 SCOTT ADAMS: [chuckle] Right, he’s had some interesting traps. Take for example his call for abandoning Muslim immigration. Well, you don’t see until it develops, is what a trap that is. Because as soon as I asked you for an alternate plan, obviously, that’s not your job to come up with alternate plans, and you had one I guess. But if he does that to a standard politician, they have two choices. They either say, “I don’t have a plan,” and then they can’t get elected. Or it’s worse, they say, “I do have a plan, we’re going to let people in, we’ll do it in some rigorous way,” and then the odds of something blowing up after that is so high that nobody’s gonna put their name on that plan.

22:19 SCOTT HORTON: Right.

22:20 SCOTT ADAMS: Hillary Clinton doesn’t want to say, “I support Plan A,” and then Plan A is what causes a building to get blown up in three years. She’s never gonna put her name on that. So Trump has created a situation where there can only be one plan under discussion, and it’s his. And you can hate that plan or you can love that plan, but there’s only one plan because nobody else…

22:39 SCOTT HORTON: Alright now, Scott… I’m sorry, I just wanna apologize to you. I’m actually keeping you over time a little bit, but I’ll like to ask you one more thing if that’s okay.

22:47 SCOTT ADAMS: Sure.

22:47 SCOTT HORTON: About Iraq War II. And this is a miracle to me. This is something that Ron Paul tried so hard and he made great progress, but was never really able to succeed in any serious way. But Donald Trump, I think, has done so much to normalize regret over Iraq War II on the right. And he outright just says about Hillary Clinton for example, “Oh, I’m anti-Muslim? She killed a million of them, or 100,000 of them or something,” he said, “and because of her stupidity, and her mistakes, and her ignorance, and this kind of thing.” Well, that’s the exact same base that supports him, were the hardest core supporters of Iraq War II, who hated anyone who told them otherwise. And here, Donald Trump says, “Oh, now you’re an idiot for supporting the war. At least she and Dick Cheney were idiots for supporting that war,” and it doesn’t seem to hurt him at all with the right. And I wonder how is he pulling that off? Well, they’re able to get over that cognitive dissonance of having to take back their previous position that me and everybody at antiwar.com were all a bunch of traitors who should’ve been run out of town on a rail for knowing better back when.

23:58 SCOTT ADAMS: Well, that’s part of his magic, certainly he can make anybody believe in anything, but there’s more to that trick. Again, when he said Hillary Clinton killed hundreds of thousands of people, the media went scrambling to figure out if the number was really that big or if she only killed 50,000 or 100,000. Right? So once you have this in your mind that it’s some big number, “Oh sure, he always exaggerates, but God, Trump didn’t kill anybody. All he did is hire a lot of female executives for his company over the last decade when nobody was doing that. Hillary Clinton actually killed women, hundreds of thousands of women, innocent women. She killed them,” with her policies, he would say. Again, I’m not taking sides, I’m just giving you the Trump persuasion method.

24:42 SCOTT HORTON: Yeah, and that really is the thing. He’s willing to say things that no one else would ever dare. For example, the right wing meme that George W. Bush kept us safe, and never mind the anthrax attack and never mind this, that or the other thing and certainly never mind 9/11. That stuck for years, and Donald Trump is just like, “Yeah, really?” And got rid of it with the wave of his hand. Pulled the rug right out from under Jeb and hit his head and everything on that one. And that was a really powerful argument for a long time. I don’t know how, but they had gotten away with it until Trump said, “Well, hey, who was in charge on the big day, man?”

25:22 SCOTT ADAMS: Yeah.

25:23 SCOTT HORTON: I think that actually is helping, because I consider him actually to be quite a few clicks more dangerous than the average Republican who I think are all pretty dangerous as far as that goes, but I think he is so funny. And I just love him for destroying Jeb Bush and the way that’s it happened, reducing Jeb to a crying little baby and everything, is so beautiful, but I think he really disarms people with that humor. He knows just what to say to make you laugh while he cuts somebody, but it sort of makes him seem less dangerous than I think he really is. I don’t know if Mussolini ever really had a great sense of timing for a punchline.

26:05 SCOTT ADAMS: The whole fascist Mussolini thing, I get the analogy and I get that he’s got the mouth that looks like Mussolini, but when you start analysing who he’s after they tend to people who are not Americans to protect Americans, so his frame is completely different than those guys. I do get that there’s enough similarity that people are making sort of an automatic connection. Very similar to the master persuader theory, if you were actually to dig into the details of, “Is he a fascist?” or “Is he Hitler?” it falls apart pretty quickly. But it feels like it, it totally feels like it. Even I get that too, but rationally, it’s not even close.

26:45 SCOTT HORTON: Yeah. Well, there’s some parallels. It’s never the complete hyperbole but when you’re talking about picking on people because of who they are, then that is something that typically, at least recently in America, we’ve tried to live down that past and do better. And he’s bringing that back in a way that is further to the right than what was even the populist right in say, the 1990’s I think.

27:10 SCOTT ADAMS: So far he’s only been after criminals. He’s not said anything about a group that were not actually trying to kill us, and he’s not anti-Muslim, he’s just saying, “Hey, if nobody has a better idea how to keep us safe, let’s do this temporarily until we figure it out.” That’s not crazy. You can hate it, but it’s not insane.

27:35 SCOTT HORTON: Alright, fair enough. Hey listen, I kept you way over time here. I really appreciate your time on the show, Scott.

27:40 SCOTT ADAMS: Alright, thanks for having me.

27:41 SCOTT HORTON: It’s very interesting stuff there. Alright, so that is Scott Adams. He is the creator and the author of the Dilbert cartoon. It’s blog.dilbert.com for the cartoons and the political writing and all the rest of it. And yeah, see you all tomorrow.

For more from Scott Horton go to:

http://www.scotthorton.org

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PBS America at a Crossroads: Inside America’s Empire

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In this film Robert D. Kaplan explores how in 2007 America is now effectively an empire. As a reporter for the Atlantic Monthly and author of eleven books he’s seen this empire develop first hand.

Robert Kaplan has been advisor at the highest levels of the American government. From March 2008 to spring 2012, Kaplan was a Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security in Washington, which he rejoined in 2015. Between 2012 and 2014, he was chief geopolitical analyst at Stratfor, a private global forecasting firm. In 2009, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates appointed Kaplan to the Defense Policy Board, a federal advisory committee to the United States Department of Defense. In 2011, Foreign Policy magazine named Kaplan as one of the world’s “top 100 global thinkers.”

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