In my history classes, I lectured on this. Now I wish I had done more with the modern day application of the term. I often introduced the Greek root of idiot with our American revolutionary use of the terms, republicanism and radical Whigism.
For my ex-students, please remember our lessons on “us versus them”, the scale of nationalism (soft patriotism to excessive nationalism), and the application of logic and reason to external events.
For Steve Bannon or anyone of his ilk, putting world affairs in terms of “going to war” over Islam versus Christianity or a knee-jerk reaction to the South China Sea is unequivocally dangerous to our lives, society, and world peace. World events do not circulate around Bannon’s or Trump’s assessment of Christianity versus Islam ad nauseam.
The world is exceedingly more complex than their constructions.
The issue of jobs and crumbling infrastructure and education for developing skills in our time are the issues to confront, not the fantasies of Bannon’s extremism and Trump’s self-absorption.
Please, students, go back over our lessons. Go back over the dangers of excessive nationalism and the always present need of reason and the middle way to live in our times.
Read the article linked below. And, think. Think hard. Then, fight against their delusions.
Only months ago Donald Trump’s chief strategist predicted military involvement in east Asia and the Middle East in Breitbart radio shows
Authoritarianism is ascendant and with it anti-rational bigotry. History does not end. It eddies.