The Political System in Historical Crisis

The Political System in Historical Crisis
by Friedrich Steinfeld, Oct 10,2020
In his inaugural speech in 2017, Donald Trump emphasized that his presidency would return political power to the people. He sees himself as the only legitimate representative of the interests of the supposedly true people and, according to the logic of this political self-understanding, he cannot actually lose any election. Should he lose it, however, this could only be the result of election manipulation.

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The Divided Nation. White Nationalism in America’s History and Society

The Divided Nation. White Nationalism in America’s History and Society
by Stephen E. Bronner

Americans have always valued their liberal heritage and their political system which tends toward the vital center. Two souls dwell in the American breast to speak with Goethe. White nationalists still regard American history as that of white Americans and have little respect for a revision of historiography. White privilege is a defining factor.

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Trump’s Resignation Would Save Countless American Lives

Trump’s Resignation Would Save Countless American Lives
by Tom Weis, Oct 10, 2020,

You Could Even Call It a Blessing From God. Trump’s Resignation Would Save Countless American Lives.

According him more compassion than he has shown others who have died due to his malicious negligence, I wish President Trump a full recovery from COVID-19, even though he brought this on himself through his wanton recklessness. Most people did not. Most people who have contracted the deadly disease would not share Trump’s view that it is a “blessing from God.”

When faced with the biggest test of his presidency, Donald Trump failed the American people in just about every way imaginable. Despite being the wealthiest nation on earth, the United States leads the world in COVID-related deaths. Every day, more innocent Americans die from the coronavirus who didn’t have to die, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Donald Trump could perform a great public service and save countless lives by immediately resigning.

Almost seven months after the coronavirus outbreak was declared a public health emergency—with hundreds of Americans dying daily—we still have no coordinated national response to the pandemic. In fact, we don’t even have empathy. Instead, we are served up shrugs (“It is what it is”) and cold-hearted chaos by design. It’s every state for itself, all in the myopic hope that the economy will somehow rebound just enough in time to re-elect Trump & Co. Donald Trump treats the American people—including his loyal supporters—as expendable resources to be exploited for his personal and political gain. He doesn’t care about us. It’s all about him. A president who values his own ambitions more than the lives and safety of the American people is not morally fit to lead.

No fan of former President George W. Bush, I am surprised to find myself quoting one of his former speechwriters, David Frum, but facts are facts: “That the pandemic occurred is not Trump’s fault. The utter unpreparedness of the United States for a pandemic is Trump’s fault. The loss of stockpiled respirators to breakage because the federal government let maintenance contracts lapse in 2018 is Trump’s fault. The failure to store sufficient protective medical gear in the national arsenal is Trump’s fault. Air travelers summoned home and forced to stand for hours in dense airport crowds alongside infected people? That was Trump’s fault too. Ten weeks of insisting that the coronavirus is a harmless flu that would miraculously go away on its own? Trump’s fault again.” And lest we forget, it was Trump & Co. that recklessly disbanded America’s global pandemic response team, leaving us even more physically and economically vulnerable to this deadly disease. As if all of that were not enough, Trump is now pulling the United States out of the World Health Organization in the midst of a raging global pandemic.

Along with preserving, protecting, and defending the U.S. Constitution (which Donald Trump consistently refuses to do), there is no more important job of the president of the United States than defending the American people. When it comes to safeguarding the citizenry, the buck stops at the Oval Office. Yet President Trump just passes the buck. Time and again, he has displayed callous disregard for the health and welfare of the people he is charged with protecting. This is not an opinion. This is documented fact.

Let’s review Donald Trump’s botched response to the pandemic. His initial reaction was to try to wish it away. When it failed to “miraculously” disappear, he resorted to deadly delay (asked if he would accept responsibility for the delay in administering tests, he replied: “I don’t take responsibility at all.”). He claimed without shame that he directed a slowdown in testing to make himself look better. He fixated on hydroxychloroquine. He floated the idea of injecting or inhaling disinfectants (asked about the spike in calls to poison control centers because of his comments, he feigned ignorance, saying, “I can’t imagine why,” again refusing to take responsibility for the predictable panic that ensued). He encouraged armed protesters to “liberate” their states from public health measures. He buried a CDC report designed to help safely guide the reopening of the economy. He endangered the health and lives of our children, and teachers, by attacking the CDC’s school reopening guidelines. He even asked the Supreme Court to strip away the health care coverage of more than 20 million Americans during a national public health emergency.

That’s not all. He tried to fool us into believing a vaccine will be ready for wide distribution this fall, despite CDC Director Robert Redfield informing us it won’t be ready until sometime in 2021. He disputed Redfield’s finding that masks are the best way to keep the virus from spreading. He refused to lead by example by simply donning a mask in public until July, while denigrating Joe Biden for responsibly wearing one. He put the public at risk by holding campaign rallies with thousands of unmasked fans. He campaigned in front of 1,500 mostly unmasked supporters packed together on the White House lawn. He mingled unmasked with attendees at a crowded Rose Garden ceremony for his Supreme Court nominee. He hobnobbed with donors in New Jersey despite knowing he had been exposed to the virus. He went out for a joy ride while being treated for COVID-19 at Walter Reed, recklessly putting his Secret Service detail in harms way. Then fresh out of the hospital, he walked into the White House unmasked, selfishly endangering the lives of residence staff with his contagion.

What kind of president does this? For that matter, what kind of person does this?

Belying his public comments, President Trump admitted to Bob Woodward on tape that he purposefully played down the virus threat, and still does. Trump told Woodward during a February 7 interview: “You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed.” He also admitted to Woodward during that same interview: “This is deadly stuff.” Our president knew and failed to warn us. This is an unforgivable betrayal of the public trust. Trump lied and people died.

COVID-19 has now claimed more than 210,000 American lives, with the Trump Death Clock estimating that more than half those people died due to Trump’s inaction. This is one of the worst derelictions of duty in the 244-year history of our nation. On top of the innocent lives lost, more than 7 million Americans are infected, many millions more have lost their jobs (and their employer-provided health insurance) and the economy is in tatters, with minority communities suffering the most. In fairness to President Trump, this is not all his fault, but much of it is. Any normal president, like, say, a President Joe Biden, would have rallied a national response to the pandemic, but Donald Trump refused. He still refuses. Instead of leading, he rampages. Like a human wrecking ball, Trump’s callousness has wrecked our families; his incompetence has wrecked our economy; his crudeness has wrecked our global reputation; and he is determined to wreck the Republic. How many more of our fellow Americans must suffer economic misery, how many more must die, at the hands of this man?

It would take a bigger person than Donald Trump to step down to save innocent lives, but that does not absolve me of my civic duty to say he needs to. Too many Americans have needlessly suffered and died on his watch. Every day he remains in office, more will suffer and die. It is time to close the curtain on Trump’s cruel carnival of carnage. It is time for him to resign.

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Treading in Deep Water

Treading in Deep Water
by Greg Godels

As one good reason for voting for Biden: should he win, Democrats will not be able to continually blame all of our sorry politics and capitalism’s contradictions on Trump. And the experience of a Biden government might well hasten the defection from a moribund Democratic Party.

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Trump’s strategy of tension

Trump’s strategy of tension by Paul Simon, 9/3/2020

“No one will be safe in Biden’s America!” This was Donald Trump’s message over the three days of the Republican National Convention in August 2020: Danger. Danger through crime, through China, through the supposedly radical agenda of the Democrats – and through riots.

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Five Theses on the Political-Theological Foundation of Church Asylum

Five Theses on the Political-Theological Foundation of Church Asylum
by Benedikt Kern

Human rights did not just fall from the sky, but had to and must be fought for by those who are not granted them…This includes the unwritten human right to global freedom of movement. Solidarity is directed primarily at those who are enslaved and/or who, in the struggle for liberation, are working to overcome unjust social conditions.

The right to freedom of movement can be justified on the basis of universal dignity and an egalitarian view of humanity. Paul makes it clear that there is no longer “Jew, nor Greek, neither servant nor free, neither man nor woman” (Gal 3:28), but that there are common rights and autonomy for all. To grant or deny access to a territory according to nationality thus contradicts the biblical understanding of man as part of a “common house” (Pope Francis).thesis: Every deportation is an encroachment on the legitimate autonomy of people, especially those who are threatened with particular hardships in certain places. For this reason, church asylum is a necessary human rights practice that takes its own exodutical tradition seriously and already anticipates in an exemplary way that people can, for good reasons, independently determine their whereabouts, since this would also affect their humanity.

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Tax haven USA wants to dry up other tax havens

Tax haven USA wants to dry up other tax havens
authors: Aloysius Widmann, Kai Schoeneberg and David Bocking

The two US states Delaware & Nevada lure with lax laws for companies. Constructions such as mailbox companies, which conceal the true owners of companies, are flourishing.
The American government can certainly be accused of double standards in this matter: While the United States refuses to take action against its own tax havens, it wants to get at other tax havens.

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Security State 4.0

Security State 4.0
Joachim Hirsch, 5/26/2020

The future of humanity and the earth require a break from the rule of capital and the security state. The security state is a violation of the constitutional state. Has the pandemic reduced social engagement to sewing masks?

The political public is now at least beginning to discuss again how to deal with the constitution and fundamental rights. It remains to be seen what will become of them.

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Against denunciation of the welfare state

Against denunciation of the welfare state
by Rudolf Walther

[This article published on 9/4/2020 is translated from the German on the Internet.]

No economist is so misunderstood and misinterpreted as Adam Smith. Many consider him to be an advocate of the “free market” and narrow-minded egoism. What a mistake! Smith saw an important and strong role for the state. Cooperation and mutual help are inscribed in the division of labor. Others irrationally denounce the welfare state as “comfortable stable feeding.”

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Happy Labor Day!

Beware of hypocrites, con men, chronic liars, xenophobes, homophobes, and misanthropes who clean the outside of the cup and leave the inside filthy, who wear long robes and race for the front seats, who see the speck in others’ eyes and not the log in their own eyes, and threaten critics with jail time and mercilessly slander opponents!

40 million citizens were made unemployed from the COVID pandemic. With two tax heists of $8 trillion enriching corporations and millionaire-families, Trump doubled the national deficit to over a trillion! Trump has no jobs policy, no immigration policy, no tax policy, no education policy, no health care policy, no housing policy, no environmental or climate change policy. He pocketed nearly a billion from his three bankrupt Atlantic City casinos in 1995! How long can we endure this greed, narcissism, incompetence, criminality, and demagoguery?

Trump is a one-man constitutional crisis and a clear and present danger to the nation and the world!

Economic recovery happens through redistribution and public investment.
The rulers and the elites are often immobilized by neoliberal myths, e.g. the self-healing market, CEOs as job creators and workers as cost factors, financial markets returning to equilibrium, and the benign quality of speculation. Cities and communities are overtaken by revenue shortfalls. Ghost towns arise with socialism for the rich and the merciless market for everyone else!

Market distortions include tax havens, micro-second betting, stock buybacks, and insider trading and show that neoliberalism benefits the few and not the many. The neoliberal model leads to exploding profits and stagnating investments. When a foul-mouthed president decries taxes as for fools, the future becomes blurry. Can schools and roads be rebuilt with magic thinking? What happens to the beautiful words about equality and equal opportunities when only the propertied have enforceable rights?

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Because of fear of COVID-19 pandemic, the US-Canada border has been closed by Canada for months. The US must flatten the curve, end the rise of new infections, and become more human and social so O Canada will reopen the border. Long a source of hope, the US has become a “source of vulnerability” and must change its ways to be welcomed by other countries than Mongolia!

The Good News is that the DHHS (the US Dept of Health and Human Services) has prohibited evictions from Sept 1 to Jan 1. The Democrats under Sen. Sherrod Brown urge a more robust $100 billion Rent Assistance Act.

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Kierkegaard encourages us: we are infinite and finite, temporal and eternal. Without humility, there is no sense of wonder (Kierkegaard).

The future could be open and dynamic rather than closed and static! Unlike a chair, an idea can be shared by a whole people. The old gives way to the new as the snow gives way to the spring (Rilke).

The swan that floats and doesn’t sink represents the intransitory in the transitory (Heidegger).

Send me your comments. Life should be full of surprise, awe, paradox, scandal, and abundance!

I am when you are! We must be wounded to be healed (Dorothee Soelle). A leap of faith over 70,000 fathoms of water is necessary, Kierkegaard said, to realize our full identity!

The shutdown economy is the result of profit worship, of a contradictory economic system that thinks the market is self-healing and creates living wage jobs, that pretends all problems are exogenous and not endogenous, that normalizes speculation and financial products, and calls all other countries “cheaters.”

In truth, the poor need a strong state. In truth, the propertied are not the only ones with enforceable rights. An active state would create affordable apartments and living wage jobs for the rising generation. An active state would be committed to public investment and to a future-friendly economy, not to crony capitalism indifferent to the rights of nature.

A reminder from NOAM CHOMSKY: “How you feel about Biden doesn’t matter. We have to get rid of Trump”

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