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.

T
here is a Russian bear roaming around the White House. It just will not go away. The alarm inside the house is palpable and growing. He keeps poking his nose at the windows, seems to know quite well some of the people inside, and wants to gain access at any cost and become part of the dream team.

W
e are three weeks into the administration of the 45th President of the United States and we already observe signs of the beginning of the end.

Smoking is ok if the Pope does it” --Pius XIII in “The Young Pope” “If the President does it, it is not illegal” --President Nixon during his impeachment

I
t is practically impossible to watch the latest rage on cable TV, the serial ten episode narration of a future Pope, Pius XIII, and not be struck by the uncanny parallels between it and the ancient political situation under emperor Caligula of the Roman Empire, as well as the present political landscape in the Atlantic Alliance under President Trump.

D
uring his presidential campaign Donald Trump declared that once he became president his behavior would be different. He would become more presidential. Lately, one of his admirers and former advisor was asked what ever happened to that promised transformation. His terse answer was “well, it’s a work in progress.” Indeed.

I had, in a previous career. a diplomatic post where I helped bring down the Soviet Union. So maybe there’s another union that needs a little taming,” -Ted Malloch (Proposed US ambassador to the EU, in a BBC interview)

T
he above outrageous statement was uttered by the candidate interviewed by President Trump as a possible ambassador to the EU. He is a businessman, as it was to be expected from a president who treats everything in life as a commercial transaction.

T
here is an intriguing movie making the rounds titled “The Young Pope” (which I have reviewed in a separate piece) where one see Pius XIII, the first American Pope, a Caligula type personality, turning Vatican politics into chaos. The parallels, not only with Emperor Caligula, but also with imperial President Trump are uncanny. But of course, that’s fiction; a world that could conceivably come about in the future in the Vatican.

The Fourth Turning: What Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny by William Strauss and Neil Howe.

T
he theoretical slogan “Make America Great Again,” followed in practice with a ban on travel to the US from seven Moslem countries, is ultimately rooted in a sinister theory of history.

“The Emperor is wears no clothes”--Hans Christian Andersen in “The Emperor’s New Clothes”

O
ne can just imagine a conversation between two interlocutors as they walk in the streets of Rome some 2000 years ago: emperor Caligula did what? He made his horse senator of Rome. Nowadays, the daily quip in American cities and around the world seems to be: President Trump did what?

Shut your mouth” --Steve Bannon, Aide to President Trump “From now on we’re taking names.”--Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the UN

T
he first admonition above is by white supremacist and aide to President Trump Steve Bannon and is directed at the Press in general. The second admonition is directed at the presiding UN ambassadors by the incoming US ambassador to the same institution.

Hitler didn’t steal power, his people voted for him, and then he destroyed his people… Crisis provokes fear…that is the risk. In times of crisis we lack judgment.”–Pope Francis

R
ecently Pope Francis has drawn a startling parallel between the rise of populism on both sides of the Atlantic, with its leaders promising a restoration of national identity and wholeness (e.g., Le Pen or Trump), and the rise of the Nazis some 80 years ago.

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