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Mentioned in the video: Pathogens and Politics: Further Evidence That Parasite Prevalence Predicts Authoritarianism


Trump is afraid of germs. Shaking hands is ‘barbaric’: Donald Trump, the germaphobe in chief.

Richard Nixon was afraid of hospitals. He was afraid he would die if he went to a hospital.

Funny enough Trump wants a Wall. Isolation. A common ideation among germaphobes (as discussed in the video). I do think it is a bad idea to import infections. The same is true of importing bad ideas and especially those that believe them. The thing to watch for is Trump imposing his deep fears on the rest of us as Hitler did to Germany. Fortunately we have a whole political system designed to prevent any sudden moves. Which was part of the original design. That does have its pernicious effects. But it also has good ones.