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Friday, October 13, 2017

THE FACE OF EVIL

I had a lighthearted post planned for today, and I shall get to it presently, but I must at least take notice of the sheer wanton cruelty of Trump's latest acts  -- threatening to cut off aid to Puerto Rico as that island's people face death and disaster, and deliberately attempting to destroy the health insurance markets with not the slightest concern for the millions who will be harmed by his executive order.  He is a monster. 

7 comments:

howie said...

Dear Professor:

I have my own theories. Why do some support and admire such a foul beast as Trump?

It could be vicarious evil through his hostility. I think of the song Life in the fast lane by the Eagles. There is a line, "they were caught up in the race."

Some people who are caught up in the race of life, going about their lives thoughtlessly promoting their self sought interests until just as the roof caves and the floor buckles, along comes Trump and they just go with it, just as gang fights just happen.

They just thoughtlessly and absentmindedly slip into evil waters, they let Trump sweet talk them,
Unlike Nazi Germany where Hitler bombarded his volk with ideology, he sweet talks them and physics the subjects, using his celebrity in lieu of an ideology.

F Lengyel said...

I stopped talking to my brothers after they littered my facebook page with images of "crying liberals" and other sadistic taunts when Trump won the election. What I find most disturbing is that I am genetically related to these individuals.

s. wallerstein said...

F. Lengyel,

You can't chose your relatives. I have a cousin who was a very important person in the Pentagon and coauthored a text (which I have not read) on counter-terrorism.

F Lengyel said...

Right. But coming from the same family suggests limits in variability painful to contemplate.

s. wallerstein said...

Think of Nietzsche the anti-anti-semite and his sister the anti-semite and Nazi.

Similar genes: different results.

F Lengyel said...

Still too close for comfort.

s. wallerstein said...

They're probably too close for comfort in relation to some deep and generally unconscious personality traits, but political and ethical positions are generally the result of conscious choices made in the second half of the teenage years or even early 20's, and people don't backtrack on them in general.