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Johan Galtung: "Trump is a psychiatric case, he suffers from autism, narcissism and paranoia"

01 March 2018

This afternoon the Norwegian sociologist and mathematician Johan Galtung had very hard words to define the policy of the US president in the framework of the debate organized by the Unesco Chair of Conflict Resolution in the Rector's Office of the University of Córdoba. "Trump is a psychiatric case. He suffers from autism, narcissism and paranoia, "he said at a meeting with the Iranian philosopher Ramin Jahanbegloo to reflect on Peace and Nonviolence in the Trump era, presented by Manuel Torres, Professor of History of Law at the UCO.


 "The US has elected Trump president because his madness is the same as Trump's," he added. Galtung supported his considerations that the US is today "the most belligerent country in recent history" and added that US citizens can not reject their president because doing so would be "denying his own democratic system." In this sense, Jahanbegloo, stressed that we are under the influence of the Trump era because the American president is not the only world leader that meets a profile of its characteristics. "There is also Erdogan, Putin and other presidents," he said. "Populism has spread to other countries," he said, before raising a question: "Why can not we produce another Gandhi? And another Mandela? "


 It was at that point that Jahanbegloo launched a severe critique of contemporary world leaders. "We have bad politicians in the world. There are no longer moral leaders, "he lamented. The Iranian philosopher is one of the most relevant thinkers on non-violence and a great scholar of the figure of Gandhi. However, as he stressed, since the death of Martin Luther King in 1968, there have been more non-violent revolutions than violent ones in the world. And he assured: "The violent revolutions usually end in dictatorships, like Russia, Iran or Cuba. Nonviolent ones have led to democratic regimes. "


 Jahanbegloo was critical of what he called the "Cartesian project of modernity." "You have a truth," he explained, "and with it you want to dominate human beings. When a party is excluded, there is no dialogue. Multicultural societies do not intermingle. They share space but do not see what is in the other. " "The philosophy of nonviolence is different from the Cartesian project of modernity," he said. "The logic of today is the survival of the strongest. The logic of capitalism. I need you only if you serve me. "


 Galtung, on the other hand, wanted to give his vision on the migratory crisis that conditions the world politics of today. And he remembered the origin of the problem. "Colonialism destroyed Africa and now revenge comes. The Europeans arrived there without asking and now the Africans come to Europe also without asking. Then they say: "We have the same right to come without invitation." The Norwegian sociologist also quoted Gandhi, from whom he stressed the strength of his example. "It is important to use the example," he emphasized. And he claimed the "Daoist" way of thinking, which he defined as follows: "Every falsehood has its true part and all truth has its false part".