That Donald Trump is an asshole is a fact widely agreed upon - even by his supporters, who actually like that about him. But his startling political rise makes the question of just what sort of asshole he is, and how his assholedom may help to explain his success, one not just of philosophical interest but of almost existential urgency.
Enter the philosopher Aaron James, author of the foundational text in the burgeoning field of Asshole Studies: the best-selling Assholes: A Theory. In this brisk and trenchant inquiry into the phenomenon that is Donald Trump, James places the man firmly in the typology of the asshole (takes every advantage, entrenched sense of entitlement, immune to criticism); considers whether, in the Hobbesian world we seem to inhabit, he might not somehow be a force for good - i.e., the Stronger Asshole; and offers a suggestion for how the bonds of our social contract, spectacularly broken by Trump's (and Ted Cruz's) disdain for democratic civility, might in time be repaired.
You will never think about Donald Trump the same way after listening to this book. And, like it or not, think about him we must.
©2016 Aaron James (P)2016 Random House Audio
The way he explains asshole in today's world and why it seems everyone is putting up with it."assholeaology" is not a word but it should be one lol
Donald Trump because he the worlds greatest asshole lmfao
I laughed so hard I cried and couldn't beathe, I don't know why being an asshole is a common practice today but it is. It seems like everyone wants to be the worlds greatest asshole even me lmfao
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