From Tom Wolfe's new "Kingdom of Speech," which I've been audiobooking around town this week.
I also liked this passage, which is also about Chomsky (but made me think about Donald Trump):
Charismatic leaders radiate more than simple confidence. They radiate authority. They don’t tell jokes or speak ironically, except to rebuke— as in “Kindly spare me your ‘originality.’” Irony, like plain humor, invariably turns upon some indulgence of human weakness. Charismatic figures show only strength. They refuse to buckle under in the face of threats, including physical threats. They are usually prophets of some new idea or cause.What it made me think about Trump was: By that description, Trump is not a charismatic leader.