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On the radio: Howard Bloom, Richard Koenigsberg and Chad Dougatz: 
Discussing the Trump Phenomenon
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One of most successful publicists of his generation, Howard Bloom represented Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Lionel Richie, Bette Midler, John Mellencamp—and many others. Bloom has been called “next in a lineage of seminal thinkers that includes Newton, Darwin, Einstein, [and] Freud.” He is author of highly acclaimed books including The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition into the Forces of History and many others. Please pre-order his forthcoming The Mohammed Code here.
Richard Koenigsberg received his PhD in Social Psychology from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research and was formerly Professor of Behavioral Science at New York Institute of Technology.  For the past 40 years, he has been writing and lecturing on the psychological sources of war and genocide. He is the author of four books and numerous papers and articles. He is Director of Library of Social Science and co-editor (with Orion Anderson) of the Library of Social Science Newsletter.
Chad Dougatz is Co-Owner and Creative Director at The Hangar Studios, a full-service production house that provides marketing materials for authors, publishers, experts, and entrepreneurs. Hangar studio specializes in video and audio productions, as well as radio production and podcasts. Hangar’s NYC recording studio combines the latest in recording, mixing and editing technology to provide the absolute best sound quality. For information about working with Hangar Studios, contact Chad at 516-366-0333 or send an email to info@thehangarstudios.com
Dear Colleague,

A wonderful Internet radio program, Howard Bloom Saves the Universe, is hosted by Chad Dougatz. Howard invited me to join the show to explore the question, “Why does Donald Trump stir us (either negatively or positively).”

I rarely comment on phenomena I haven’t researched for a year or more. However, there are many commonalities between Trump’s ideas and those of political leaders I’ve studied my entire life (such as Adolf Hitler).

The most significant similarity is the idea that one’s nation is in a state of decline—has lost its greatness—and that the cause of national collapse is the presence of certain classes of people within the body politic (e. g., Mexicans, illegal immigrants, Muslims).

I was particularly struck by the idea that deporting millions of people—removing them from within the body politic—was the key to restoring the nation’s greatness.

I came into the interview with ideas I wished to discuss. However, the conversation took many twists and turns. Howard and Chad are great performers. One idea led to another.

One of the important topics that emerged was the (seemingly bizarre) presence of sexual themes that have dominated the campaign.

One thing we agreed upon was that Donald Trump has drawn people into the domain of political culture. By presenting certain unorthodox ideas—playing upon collective fantasies—many people could not resist paying attention to the political process; even becoming addicted.

Readers of the LSS Newsletter have become familiar with my “voice” through the written word. Now you have the opportunity to hear me speak. I hope you will click through and enjoy this program—and that it generates some valuable insights.

Best regards,
Richard Koenigsberg