Ricochet contributor Mike Stopa is a nanotechnologist. He’s also a fervent supporter of Donald Trump. He has published nearly a hundred papers on the physics, chemistry and bio-chemistry of very small things. And his main focus has always been: how do we get those small things to work for us?

avatar_1399534801He’s currently teaching graduate chemistry at MIT, consulting for the National Science Foundation and working with a start-up that has developed a new type of computer memory. Until last year he was a Harvard researcher specializing in computation and nanoscience in the Physics Department.

Mike is a lifelong Republican who has run for Congress in Massachusetts.

In this In Conversation, Stopa and Rob Long debate the veracity of Trump, his campaign, and what his presidency might look like.

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There are 5 comments.

  1. Hammer, The Member

    Fervent supporter of Trump.

    Not selling it, guys…

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    • March 21, 2016, at 9:44 PM PDT
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  2. Shawn Buell (Majestyk) Contributor

    Michael, Michael, Michael…

    By all rights you are a smarter man than I. I readily admit your educational credentials best mine by a mile, but you were completely incoherent here from the standpoint of politics – you know, the thing you have to do to win elections.

    The fact that Trump can’t and hasn’t laid out any details about any policy (excepting possibly taxes) but can get the support of a person like you with this thin gruel is deeply disturbing.

    There is nothing in the man’s history or his character that indicates he will actually do any of the horsehockey that he says – whether it’s the sensible or the insane – and he’s more likely to drift in the direction of the prevailing political winds rather than row against them.

    By your admission this is quixotic. What are you thinking?

    You’re right that Trump is very much like mercury; liquid at room temperature, volatile and poisonous. He has managed to do only one thing thus far: to solidify >60% of the Republican electorate against him being the Nominee.

    Trump can’t convince me to vote for him because he can’t undo the things that he’s said and done that disqualify him temperamentally.

    Marco Rubio won’t stand up and convince me to support Donald Trump either. He will sit on his hands just as I and that half of the party that is in opposition will do. That’s not to mention the other half of the nation who get to vote as well.

    We’re going to get crushed because we are currently proving Pat Caddell correct in his assessment that we are the Stupid Party by nominating Blinky the Clown.

    Are we really going to let Caddell’s “Evil Party” walk all over us like this?

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    • March 22, 2016, at 5:42 AM PDT
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  3. Tom Westberg Member

    Thanks very much for this podcast, Rob. I actually wish it weren’t behind a Reagan/Thatcher firewall, because unicorns are intriguing. I wasn’t convinced to favor Trump (the arguments kept sounding more like wishful thinking than any recitation of Trump’s actual principles) but were the best I can imagine from someone much smarter than Trump.

    • #3
    • March 22, 2016, at 8:39 AM PDT
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  4. Randy Weivoda Moderator

    Ricochet Audio Network: Ricochet contributor Mike Stopa is a nanotechnologist.

    Note to Rob Long, next time you interview a nanotechnologist, ask some questions about nanotechnology.

    • #4
    • March 23, 2016, at 7:24 AM PDT
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  5. Skarv Coolidge

    This interview was delicious. I loved Rob’s performance.

    • #5
    • March 24, 2016, at 5:51 PM PDT
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