Trump vs. the Accepted Wisdom

Everything has changed, save the commentariat’s way of thinking. That’s why, when the Brexit vote confounded the chattering classes and Pauline Hanson rose again, the reaction was one of outraged bafflement. Trump will soon increase that dyspepsia by an order of magnitude

Last Wednesday, President Obama said “the world has never been less violent…than it is today.” He didn’t explain his precise measure but asked us to “think about” the fact that “it has been decades since a war between major powers.” I am underwhelmed by this presidential insight. In fact, it is a disturbing line of argument. Let me extend it to show how disturbing it is.