In an article for the New York Times Magazine, Andrew Sullivan refers to Plato in describing the stupendous rise of Donald Trump in American politics. Plato was an elitist. He abhorred the idea of democracy, which had his mentor Socrates executed. But even taking this bias into account, a very close comparison emerges between the failings of democracy then and now. The most important flaw in democracy is what Plato calls demagoguery; what is nowadays more commonly known as populism.