Instinctual passions are stronger than reasonable interests.
—Sigmund Freud, “Civilization and Its Discontents”
A word from the sage of Vienna in the 1920s allows us to look at American politics with new insight. The swirling anxiety of social turmoil can cast up false prophets like froth on the water. The answer is not lecturing from the political pulpit, but the emotional bond between a great leader and the people. A journalist once wrote that during the 1930s his father told him, “I don’t know President Roosevelt, but he knows me.” With that trust in their president, the American people found their way through the Great Depression and the Second World War. Human nature has not changed since then.