Know the People, Not the Personality

On my screen
It’s May 22, 1932.
The New York Times Magazine
Is reviewing a book,
Hitler, by Emil Lengyel
They are using phrases like
“Courage of being banal,” and
“It moves in space like a huge ball of
Of superheated gaseous matter
Quite devoid of any consciousness of direction”
To describe the rise of evil
In post-war Germany.

In my brain
It’s May 22, 2016
The New York Times Magazine
Book review about Lengyel’s Hitler
Is giving me pause
About the candidates today.
They strike me as banal,
Presenting the lowest expressions of leadership,
As an opportunism to seize power,
Without respecting constituencies
Or even seeming like they believe what they are saying,
Kind of like happened before…

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