July 28, 2016

Fellow Travelers: Trump and Putin

Nicholas Kristof (Did Putin Try to Steal an American Election?) correctly cautions against viewing the apparent Trump-Putin political alliance in terms of cold war conspiracy. Trump is not some "Siberian Candidate," a deep cover agent for Moscow. It's worse than that.

Trump's is not an ideological or moral commitment to a foreign adversary. His willingness to walk up to the line of treason in spirit if not in law is rooted in a pure lust for power and personal gain by any means; one that leads him to conflate himself, his prejudices, and his business interests with American national interest. That is the sum of his America First patriotism: Trump First. Putin also conflates himself, his power, and his gain with Russian nationalism. It's the core of his own demagogic appeal. Trump's "I alone" affinity for Putin's post-communist authoritarian kleptocracy is a frighteningly natural one of like minds and like leaders.

That Trump's financial interests coincide with the Putin kleptocracy and its overseas stash of untold billions looted from Russia's economy is not merely a matter of money and currying favor for investment. Though it is that, it is also a matter of the company Trump keeps. It is no surprise to find a man as poorly grounded in any genuine knowledge, moral commitment, or ideology as Trump, with the attention span of a flea according to his ghostwriter, mouthing views that are commonplace consensus in his pool of prospective investors.

Trump is a fellow traveler along the path of greed and self-aggrandizement.

Posted by Raoul

Why Bother

All Hail Freedonia!
Google Giggles
Literacy and Its Discontents
Old and In the Way
On the Road
Pretty Vacant Video
Readers Notes
The Climate Suits My Clothes
The Net Takes You Nowhere
Time Keeps On Ticking
Weapons of Mass Distraction
Why indeed?


Recent Posts

GOP Healthcare and the Social Contract
Fellow Travelers: Trump and Putin
Miss Congeniality
Voting Republican
The God Vote
Iraq: A Republican War
Neil Young's Articles of Impeachment
Neil Young, Living With War
Bush Baby-Boomers Take Care of Their Own
Bush's Social InSecurity Plan
A Fighting Faith
What I Really Said About Iraq
Skull & Bones A or Skull & Bones C
War Crime Planning
Good Christian Bush
Mission Accomplished
Too Many Notes
Every Vote Counts
(De)Manifest of April Fools Day 2000
Operation Enterprise



Walter Benjamin: The Storyteller
Walter Benjamin: The Storyteller
With the loosening of the hegemony of New Criticism, we have come to understand that the very notion of the story as an elementary, chronological, closed, rigidly formal genre is a product of the discourse that hails the rise of the "non-narrative" modern....
from Henry Miller
Creative Commons License
This weblog is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

Copyright © 1998-2017
Why Bother | WhyBother.org