[ by Charles Cameron — possibly simple-minded, but offered to our mentor JM Berger — includes a horseshoe & a neat paradox, too ]
— The Hill (@thehill) May 7, 2018
Trumpier than Trump. Okay..
Let’s generalize from here, and diagam this:
Extremier than the Extreme.
This isn’t the first time I’ve seen this. I’m pretty sure ISIS was AQier than AQ in the day, and that even earlier, there was a splinter group within AQ that was “more extrem”. Might have been Zarqawi, in which case our two examples collapse into one..
“Extremier than the Extreme” — within its own extreme context, it can be one helluva claim to make!
While we’re on the subject..
There’s also the oft-noted Horseshoe effect, whereby opposite expremes come to resemble one another:
This one, Revolutionary > Dictator > Dictator is well known because of the frequency with which Revolutionaries come to resemble the Dictators they overthrew.
A concatenation of horseshoes of this sort would give you Revolution > Dictatorship > Dictatorship > Dictatorship ad nauseam, with a Dictatorship currently in power, and a Revolution constantly brewing.
Oh, and by the way, an intriguing paradox: