‘The Most Ignorant and Unfit’: What Made America’s Worst Ever Leader?

Alexander Hamilton observed that “the only path to a subversion of the republican system of the Country is by flattering the prejudices of the people, and exciting their jealousies and apprehensions, to throw affairs into confusion, and bring on civil commotion.” Trump is a sign that we as a nation have lost our way. A confusion of celebrity for leadership, fame for accomplishment, and popularity for genius has given us, just as Hamilton warned, “a man unprincipled in private life desperate in his fortune.” November’s election is a judgment day for this nation’s form of republican government. Else, only “civil commotion” awaits us.

The New York Review of Books