Emanuel L. Paparella, Ph.D.

Emanuel L. Paparella, Ph.D.

Professor Paparella has earned a Ph.D. in Italian Humanism, with a dissertation on the philosopher of history Giambattista Vico, from Yale University. He is a scholar interested in current relevant philosophical, political and cultural issues; the author of numerous essays and books on the EU cultural identity among which A New Europe in search of its Soul, and Europa: An Idea and a Journey. Presently he teaches philosophy and humanities at Barry University, Miami, Florida. He is a prolific writer and has written hundreds of essays for both traditional academic and on-line magazines among which Metanexus and Ovi. One of his current works in progress is a book dealing with the issue of cultural identity within the phenomenon of “the neo-immigrant” exhibited by an international global economy strong on positivism and utilitarianism and weak on humanism and ideals.

Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Freedom” --Thomas Jefferson “And at the end they go crazy”   --Giambattista Vico

J
ohn Adams, the second president of the United States, did a study on the life of Republics from their inception all the way to the 18th century. To his great surprise, he discovered that they all died, sooner or later. In other words, they were mortal. The ones who lasted longer were what he calls “republics of virtue.”

W
e don’t have all the details yet, but the broad outlines of Trump’s Budget Plan have already surfaced. As it was to be expected it enlarges the pie for the rich, for the military, for corporations, and shrinks it for the poor and the underprivileged.

A
ides to President Trump have leaked that he often looks unfocused and unhinged. He yells like a madman when he gets information he does not much like, or when the level of adulation is not deemed adequate. “We walk on eggshells,” one aide says. “The slightest little thing can set him off.”

R
ecently a Fox News program featured a Swedish defense and national security advisor, Nils Buildt, interviewed by Bill O’Reiley. As it turns out, Builtd is unknown to any military and foreign affairs officials in Sweden. Security experts in Sweden have revealed that he isn’t a familiar figure in their ranks in that country.

P
resident Trump’s first address to Congress lasted about an hour. He must have uttered some 5000 words, but not even one of those words was Russia. Not one minute was devoted to the successful enterprise of one of the main adversaries of democracy and stability in the world to undermine American democracy. The bear was there in the room, all right, but somehow nobody could see it.

T
he latest rant by Donald Trump against the media and its “fake news” came at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday the 24th of February. He called the media “dishonest” because allegedly it falsifies stories about his administration by made-up sources.

W
hy has Trump chosen so many billionaires for his Cabinet positions? The answer to that question was given a few days ago at the Conservative Political Action Conference by one of his most influential aide, Steve Bannon. He informed us that those appointments were made not for the purpose of governing but for that of “deconstructing” the administrative state. In more prosaic terms, for the purpose of destroying it.

W
hen I was in college in the 60s I took a required course in American Government. It had chapters on Federalism, the Constitution, Checks and Balances, the Three Equal Branches of Government, the demarcation, separation and balancing of power.

B
elow are the latest revelations on the Russia-Trump Affair which have surfaced in the Media. It seems that the media is for a narcissist like the original mirror (or lake) of the original Narcissus. Without a mirror there is no Narcissus. Without the media there is no Trump. All his life he has had an indispensable relation with the Media, beginning with the times when he would call anonymously disguised as a public relation man to promote himself. The media is Trump’s necessary mirror.

L
ately there have appeared in the media a plethora of columns and cartoons attempting a daunting task: to explain rationally what is almost by definition unexplainable: i.e., the irrational psychotic behavior of someone who lives in an alternate reality punctuated by inveterate lying. I am referring to President Donald Trump, of course. There is one such daily column in the on-line publication Modern Diplomacy dubbed “The Caligula Presidency.” That title ought to suggest its scope to the reader.

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