The Banal Belligerence of Donald Trump – Roger Cohen / The New York Times


This is a harrowing piece from New York Times columnist Roger Cohen in which he asserts that during the tenure of the Trump administration, Americans will have to literally fight for their civilization and for the literal right to ask why. I agree with him 100 %. Fight on brothers and sisters, fight on.

His last three paragraphs say it all :

Trump’s outrageous claims have a purpose: to destroy rational thought. When Primo Levi arrived at Auschwitz he reached, in his thirst, for an icicle outside his window but a guard snatched it away. “Warum?” Levi asked (why?). To which the guard responded, “Hier ist kein warum” (here there is no why).

As the great historian Fritz Stern observed, “This denial of ‘why’ was the authentic expression of all totalitarianism, revealing its deepest meaning, a negation of Western civilization.”

Americans are going to have to fight for their civilization and the right to ask why against the banal belligerence of Trump.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/24/opinion/the-banal-belligerence-of-donald-trump.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur

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