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Trump’s “Trade War:” PBS Desperately Needs EconSov

Updated: Jan 21, 2021

If the topic of Trump’s trade policy interests you, this PBS/NPR documentary provides some insight, when criticized for its blatant distortions and ignorance.


Trump’s “Binary” View of the World

The people interviewed were ignorant of a great many things. One biographer of Trump accused him of having a “binary” view of the world.


Careful analysts look at nuanced lifetime events and patterns of decisions to understand the person, and juxtapose observations to anthropological, psychological, and ideological standards.


A person with a binary view of the world would not hire opposing consultants to present multiple perspectives to him. Trump uses brainstorming techniques and then takes the synthesis from numerous propositions. If he was a “binary thinker” he would not employ such management tactics.