Catalyst for the inconceivable

I stole that title from Dan Carlin. If you haven’t listened to Hard Core History, do it right now. If that’s not your thing, check out Dan’s Common Sense podcast. The latest episode is about the foreign policy changes  being advocated by Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump (and before them, Ralph Nader, Pat Buchanan, and Ron Paul). The Democrat voters don’t seem to be feeling the Bern so it looks like the dove role this time around will be played by The Donald. In a bigger way than we’ve seen since the Vietnam War. It will be interesting to watch Hillary the Hawk up against Donald the Dove in the debates. Dan’s argument is that a major change in US foreign policy seems as inconceivable as a Trump presidency. But maybe Trump’s success (whether he wins in November or not) can serve as a catalyst for change.

It’s no secret that I am a chemical engineer. Catalysts are something we deal with all the time. Technically speaking, a catalyst is something that facilitates a chemical reaction without actually taking part in the reaction itself. Kind of like a chemical broker.

So, Trump may already have touched off a process by which radical change in US foreign policy becomes not just conceivable but inevitable.

What do you think?

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