With A Clenched Fist Our World Changed

With A Clenched Fist Our World Changed

Author: Ari Socolow on January 21, 2017

During his inaugural diatribe and throughout the parade, Trump morphed from past practice of a pointed pudgy finger or a pudgy finger and pudgy thumb to a raised fist – from commoner to autocratic ruler.

Anyone who stopped to think realized that at that moment our world changed just as completely from a democracy to something else entirely.

The raised fist specifically tells us at least three things:

1. We are dealing with an individual not fully formed. In fact, a newborn’s hands are clenched because of a reflex called the palmar grasp reflex. It is present in newborns and will be present until the baby is 5-6 months old. You can stroke an object, like a finger, in a newborn's palm to see the reflex. The baby will close his fingers and grasp the finger.

2. We are dealing with a not fully formed and ill person. The clenched fist syndrome is a condition in which the patient keeps one or both hands tightly clenched. It is seen in all groups; hand dominance or compensation is not a factor. It usually follows a minor inciting incident and is associated with swelling, pain, and paradoxical stiffness.

3. We are dealing with a person not completely formed, ill and dangerous. The raised fist, or the clenched fist, is a symbol or salute to followers and an expression of unity and defiance. The salute dates back to ancient Assyria as a symbol of power and resistance.

Ari Socolow
Ari Socolow: Ari Socolow is the Chief Economist and Editor-in-Chief at BestCashCow. He is particularly interested in issues relating to bank transparency and the climate crisis. Since co-founding BestCashCow in 2005, Ari has been frequently cited in the media as an expert on local and national savings accounts, CD products, mortgage and loan products and credit card rewards products.

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