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In my latest blog I and three guests examine the nature of "authenticity," which played a role in Donald Trump's election. But what is authenticity, and why do we value it? The New York Times noted that "Trump... has polled as one of the most authentic candidates in this election, despite statements and behavior that might also be called brazenly inconsistent. In fact, his authenticity problem looks like the opposite of Clinton's: Nervous Republican politicians have been trying to suggest that what they themselves call his ‘racist' invective is merely for show. In other words, Trump's establishment supporters seem to be hoping that his authenticity is the expedient work of a conniving opportunist. The words ‘authentic' and ‘authenticity' derive from the Greek ‘authentes,' a word that can denote ‘one who acts with authority' or ‘made by one's own hand'.... For a long time, Americans decided that the most authentic politicians were the most likable ones. This method of appraisal wasn't entirely frivolous..." You can read the rest HERE.  You can find more on me and my work with a search for "Benjamin Radford" (not "Ben Radford") on Vimeo.

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