Trump und Hitler

Viele lehnen Hitler-Vergleiche reflexartig ab, wofür es angesichts des inflationären polemischen Gebrauchs derselben gute Gründe gibt. Eine der besten Texte über den Aufstieg Trumps zeigt aber, wie wichtig und erhellend diese historischen Parallelen sind. Geschrieben vom Philosophen Adam Knowles wünsche ich ihm so viele Leser wie möglich: Philosophy in the Contemporary World: The Moral Imperative to Assume the Worst—Philosophy’s Response to Donald Trump.

Ein kurzer Auszug:

We must accept that we live in dire times of which nothing good will come. There will be no moral victories for liberals who hope to come out of the other side with a clean conscience. There will be an increase in hate crimes. There will also be tactics of gradual escalation in order to secure complicity from those not subject to such violence. We should not try to speculate what Trump’s true aims might be, but instead calculate what they could be based on the most extreme scenario. We must resist any outward claims of moderation and out them as a classic strategy of totalitarian regimes. The so-called ‘good’ white people (especially men) of America, those for whom normalization is a possibility, must also resist allowing Trump to be normalized in our names and on our behalf. Yet we must also ensure that our resistance is not parasitic on the aesthetic spectacle of the Trump phenomenon.

An American Tragedy

David Remnick kommentiert für den New Yorker die Wahl des Donald Trump zum amerikanischen Präsidenten:

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.

There are, inevitably, miseries to come: an increasingly reactionary Supreme Court; an emboldened right-wing Congress; a President whose disdain for women and minorities, civil liberties and scientific fact, to say nothing of simple decency, has been repeatedly demonstrated. Trump is vulgarity unbounded, a knowledge-free national leader who will not only set markets tumbling but will strike fear into the hearts of the vulnerable, the weak, and, above all, the many varieties of Other whom he has so deeply insulted. The African-American Other. The Hispanic Other. The female Other. The Jewish and Muslim Other. The most hopeful way to look at this grievous event—and it’s a stretch—is that this election and the years to follow will be a test of the strength, or the fragility, of American institutions. It will be a test of our seriousness and resolve.


Musil und Trump

In der Los Angeles Review of Books schreibt David Auerbach einen ausgesprochen ungewöhnlichen Artikel mit dem hübschen Titel Make America Austria Again: How Robert Musil Predicted the Rise of Donald Trump. Darin beschäftigt er sich ausführlich mit den Parallen zwischen Donald Trump und Christian Moosbrugger. Lesenswert.

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