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.

E
very time Trump blurts out another outrageous lie, his aides run out to spin it and even defend it. I call them “the White House’s pooper scoopers.” It has become the new normal routine. 

After the failure to enact a health reform bill that would have discarded some 24 million people from their insurance over a period of 10 years, raised premiums for seniors, and cost states billions (California alone estimated that it would lose some 24.3 billion annually by 2027), Trump is now moving on and getting ready to sell his tax-reform proposal. It provides for tax benefits for the wealthiest Americans, a whopping 270 billions, in a period of 10 years.

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ew, even among journalists, and so called Russian experts, are aware that Trump has been in business with Russian oligarchs for a minimum of three decades. In the 1980 the US Treasury Department fined him $10 million for significant, long standing anti-money laundering violations at Trump’s Taj Mahal. It is a well-known “fake secret” that the Taj Mahal was a prime vacation spot for wealthy Russian oligarchs.

Might Makes Right” “Molon Labe” (Come and take it)

On March 27, 2017 an article by a US attorney appeared in Modern Diplomacy titled “President Trump Needs to Either Cancel, Repudiate or Renegotiate the US Debt.” It ends with an exhortation to President Trump to get on and “make America Great Again.”

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n order to repeal what they disparagingly call “Obama Care” the Republicans have had to create a whole mythology around their proposed health care replacement. In doing so they failed to notice that while some people may dislike Obama, they like the care and do not wish to lose it.

I
n 2005 Paul Manafort, a veteran lobbyist, crafted a plan to advance Putin’s interests via a billionaire client, Oleg Deripaska, with ties to the Russian president. The plan was devised to influence media and politicians in the US. A memo by Manafort specifies that the strategy would “greatly benefit the Putin Government.” Manafort signed a $10 million annual contract with Deripaska which began in 2006 and lasted till 2009.

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here is money being placed on the table on bets on Trump’s Presidency. This comes as no great surprise, given its surreal, circus-like, reality-show, unhinged style.

Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it, so that when Men come to be undeceiv’d, it is too late; the Jest is over, and the Tale has had its Effect.”--Jonathan Swift “Facts are a stubborn thing”--John Adams “People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole.” --Donald Trump in The Art of the Deal

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ruthful hyperbole” as defined in the last quote above by Donald Trump may go a long way in explaining, at least partially, why he won the presidency.

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nexorably, the reality of the FBI Russia probe is catching up with the Caligula presidency. Trump alternatively calls it “fake news” or “witch hunt” and wants the “leakers” found and exposed, but meanwhile FBI Director James Comey confirms that the investigation is ongoing and for real.

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t is a measure of poetic justice that the man who a few years ago went around accusing President Obama of being an illegitimate president (because allegedly he was not born in America) now finds himself branded as illegitimate by the vast majority of young Americans between the ages of 18 and 30 (see the GenForward poll below), at the tune of 74%.

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