One group becoming uncommonly active because of the campaign and election of Donald Trump is scholars who study the rise of authoritarian regimes. The great Sarah Kendzior (find out much more about her here), an expert on authoritarian states in Central Asia, has been warning of the dangers of Trump for months. Before just about anyone else, she was pointing out how his style of campaigning resembled the style of autocrats in Central Asian states.
Another scholar, Elliot Lusztig, wrote a fascinating take on Trump's use of falsehoods, drawing on Hannah Arendt's work, "The Origin of Totalitarianism." You can find that here. What it all adds up to is something terrifying. It's also ridiculous, comical. That's how it starts -- with absurdity -- but the mood can change swiftly.