Make America Grope Again. Where are we after the second debate? I’d say, film-wise, at Full Metal Jacket. Donald Trump is now akin to the soldier in the film who fails at basic training and begins to take life’s humiliations and ups-and-downs far too personally and seriously. He has ceased to deal with life with a light touch, and this makes him psychologically dark, at once a danger to himself and others.
In Kubrick’s film, at the end of basic training, the soldier goes out by killing himself and his sergeant. In the below clip, the philosopher Slavoj Zizek wonderfully rehearses the soldier’s psychological dynamic, and it quite obviously mirrors Trump’s. In the off-chance Trump actually still wins this, his authoritarian and vendetta nature is going to pose an enormous threat to both domestic and global stability–at minimum lurching us into a Constitutional crisis, and perhaps even, in foreign policy, toward a global extinction-level event. Can you imagine Donald Trump, for instance, as president during the Cuban Missile Crisis? We can get off this very, very dangerous ride in one month.