Since Plato’s allegory of the cave, tyrants have successfully manipulated the projected images the public sees. On January 6th, Trump told the insurrectionists they were being patriots. And they believe him. On this show, philosophy professor Andrew Fiala talks about his new book Tyranny from Plato to Trump: Fools, Sycophants, and Citizens. The discussion looks behind the veneer of legitimacy of tyrannical power and sees that people who feel powerless seek the love of a father figure. A worship of celebrity and wealth bolster the acceptance of American tyranny. Our founders knew an educated public was essential to having a democracy. A challenge.