Could the story of a failed Roman politician who tried to overthrow the Roman republic in 63 B.C.E. be a metaphor for Donald Trump’s presidential run against the establishment, a metaphor for his rhetorical effort to overthrow the status quo and the natural order of things in national politics, a metaphor for the love-affair Trump has had so far with the lower-income, lower-education voters?
I argue that both Catilina and Trump are a mixed bag of good and bad, a blend of immense natural talent and multiple flaws. I also argue that Catilina’s radicalism and populist appeal transfers well to Trump’s persona in the campaign trail. Read the whole essay in El Laberinto: