Kim Jung Un’s sanity has been questioned for years. He is characterised and satirised as an unhinged megalomaniac. He is attributed with an apocalyptic desire to annihilate large parts of the world’s population by instigating a nuclear war.
However, a counter-argument can be made that Kim Jung Un is, in fact, a rational actor.
North Korea’s nuclear development pursuits have cost the country a large percentage of its GDP, crippled its economic growth potential, isolated itself from the modern world and ultimately starved, stunted and subjected its citizens in this “social utoipa” for generations.
Yes, such actions are cruel and tyrannical, but they do not qualify as irrational from a game theory standpoint.
According to the New York City Board of Elections, Trump has changed his party affiliation five times since registering as a Republican in 1987 (including a protracted period registered as a Democrat from 2001 to 2009. His rhetoric has proven to be inconsistent during his campaign and his views on issues have at times been in direct opposition with previous statements he made over the years.
In the 2009 elections for Israel’s 18th parliamentary elections, the unapologetically nationalist party Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel is our Home) won an additional four seats in the Knesset (Israeli parliament), bringing its total number to 15 and making it the third largest party in the Knesset.