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Sunday, 13 November 2016

Fear In the Free World


David Remnick, from November 9/16, The New Yorker:
"The election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism. Trump’s shocking victory, his ascension to the Presidency, is a sickening event in the history of the United States and liberal democracy. On January 20, 2017, we will bid farewell to the first African-American President—a man of integrity, dignity, and generous spirit—and witness the inauguration of a con who did little to spurn endorsement by forces of xenophobia and white supremacy. It is impossible to react to this moment with anything less than revulsion and profound anxiety....

In the coming days, commentators will attempt to normalize this event. They will try to soothe their readers and viewers with thoughts about the “innate wisdom” and “essential decency” of the American people. They will downplay the virulence of the nationalism displayed, the cruel decision to elevate a man who rides in a gold-plated airliner but who has staked his claim with the populist rhetoric of blood and soil. George Orwell, the most fearless of commentators, was right to point out that public opinion is no more innately wise than humans are innately kind. People can behave foolishly, recklessly, self-destructively in the aggregate just as they can individually. Sometimes all they require is a leader of cunning, a demagogue who reads the waves of resentment and rides them to a popular victory."

4 comments:

  1. Well, it is what it is. I was shocked at the outcome of this election. And even more shocked that any woman would cast their vote for him. He wasn't my choice but I'll have to live with the results whether I like it or not and hope for the best.

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    1. Never in my life have I actually been in FEAR for what the outcome of an election could mean for our neighbours in the US. Not anxiety, but actual fear, for what will happen down there, and for what will be the fallout in the rest of the free world.

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  2. "public opinion is no more innately wise than humans are innately kind. People can behave foolishly, recklessly, self-destructively in the aggregate just as they can individually. Sometimes all they require is a leader of cunning, a demagogue who reads the waves of resentment and rides them to a popular victory."

    Very true! That is why we have a Representative Republic and not a Democracy. It's also why our Constitution is set up with the balance of powers between 3 branches--Legislative, Executive, and Judicial. And, why we term-limited our presidents. I hope Trump term-limits our congressmen and women to match.

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