Trump is turning and turning in an ever-widening spiral

first_imgWith their version of the identity politics practiced by progressives, alt-right theorists hold that the tribalism to which people are prone should not be transcended but celebrated.As Lopez explains, the alt-right sees society as inevitably “a zero-sum contest among fundamentally competing identity groups.”Hence the alt-right is explicitly an alternative to Lincoln’s affirmation of the Founders’ vision.They saw America as cohesive because of a shared creed.The alt-right must regard Lincoln as not merely mistaken but absurd in describing America as a creedal nation dedicated to a “proposition.”The alt-right insists that real nationhood requires cultural homogeneity rooted in durable ethnic identities.This is the alt-right’s alternative foundation for the nation Lincoln said was founded on the principle that all people are, by nature, equal. More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Trump is, of course, innocent of this (or any other) systemic thinking.However, within the ambit of his vast, brutish carelessness are some people with sinister agendas and anti-constitutional impulses.Stephen Miller, Bannon’s White House residue and Trump’s enfant terrible, recently said that “in sending our [tax reform] proposal to the tax-writing committees, we will include instructions to ensure all low- and middle-income households are protected.”So, Congress will be instructed by Trump’s 32-year-old acolyte who also says the president’s national security powers “will not be questioned.”We await the response of congressional Republicans, who did so little to stop Trump’s ascent and then so much to normalize him.George Will is a columnist for The Washington Post who writes from a conservative perspective. A man who interviewed for the position that Pence captured, Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, is making amends for saying supportive things about Trump.In 2016, for example, he said he was “repulsed” by people trying to transform the Republican National Convention from a merely ratifying body into a deliberative body for the purpose of preventing what has come to pass.Until recently, Corker, an admirable man and talented legislator, has been, like many other people, prevented by his normality from fathoming Trump’s abnormality.Now Corker says what could have been said two years ago about Trump’s unfitness.The axiom that “Hell is truth seen too late” is mistaken; damnation deservedly comes to those who tardily speak truth that has long been patent.Perhaps there shall be a bedraggled parade of repentant Republicans resembling those supine American Communists who, after Stalin imposed totalitarianism, spawned the gulag, engineered the Ukraine famine, launched the Great Terror and orchestrated the show trials, were theatrically disillusioned by his collaboration with Hitler: You, sir, have gone too far.Trump’s energy, unleavened by intellect and untethered to principle, serves only his sovereign instinct to pander to those who adore him as much as he does.center_img Categories: Editorial, OpinionWASHINGTON — With eyes wide open, Mike Pence eagerly auditioned for the role as Donald Trump’s poodle.Now comfortably leashed, he deserves the degradations that he seems too sycophantic to recognize as such.He did Trump’s adolescent bidding with last Sunday’s pre-planned virtue pageant of scripted indignation — his flight from the predictable sight of players kneeling during the national anthem at a football game.No unblinkered observer can still cling to the hope that Pence has the inclination, never mind the capacity, to restrain, never mind educate, the man who elevated him to his current glory.Pence is a reminder that no one can have sustained transactions with Trump without becoming too soiled for subsequent scrubbing. Unshakably smitten, they are impervious to the Everest of evidence that he disdains them as a basket of gullibles.He understands that his unremitting coarseness satisfies their unpolitical agenda of smashing crockery, even though his self-indulgent floundering precludes fulfillment of the promises he flippantly made to assuage their sense of being disdained.He gives his gullibles not governance by tantrum, but tantrum as governance.With Trump turning and turning in a widening gyre, his crusade to make America great again is increasingly dominated by people who explicitly repudiate America’s premises.The faux nationalists of the “alt-right” and their fellow travelers like Stephen Bannon, although fixated on protecting America from imported goods, have imported the blood-and-soil ethno-tribalism that stains the continental European right.In “Answering the Alt-Right” in National Affairs quarterly, Ramon Lopez, a University of Chicago Ph.D. candidate in political philosophy, demonstrates how Trump’s election has brought back to the public stage ideas that a post-Lincoln America had slowly but determinedly expunged.They were rejected because they are incompatible with an open society that takes its bearing from the Declaration of Independence’s doctrine of natural rights.last_img read more

£200m Co-op sell-off plagued by setbacks

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Virus hits more countries as health official warns world ‘not ready’

first_imgThe new coronavirus epidemic swelled on Wednesday with cases in South Korea surging past 1,000 after deaths soared in Iran and infections appeared in previously untouched countries, prompting dire warnings that the world was not ready to contain it.The virus has rapidly spread in parts of Asia, Europe and the Middle East, even as the number of deaths and fresh cases decline at the disease epicenter in China.Towns and cities have been sealed off in an attempt to stop the contagion, while hotels in the Canary Islands and Austria were locked down on Tuesday because of suspected cases. In Iran, which has reported 15 deaths out of nearly 100 infections, even the country’s deputy health minister Iraj Harirchi said he had contracted the virus.A handout picture obtained from the Iranian presidency shows Iran’s deputy health minister Iraj Harirchi speaking during a press conference in Tehran on February 24, 2020. – Iran’s deputy health minister confirmed on on February 25, that he has tested positive for the new coronavirus, amid a major outbreak in the Islamic republic. Harirchi coughed occasionally and appeared to be sweating during a press conference in Tehran with government spokesman Ali Rabiei. (AFP/Handout Iranian Presidency)At the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Bruce Aylward, who headed an international expert mission to China, hailed the drastic quarantine and containment measures taken by the country.But he told reporters that other nations were “simply not ready” to contain the outbreak. “You have to be ready to manage this at a larger scale… and it has to be done fast,” Aylward said.The virus has killed 2,715 people and infected over 78,000 in China. There were 52 more deaths reported on Wednesday — the lowest in three weeks — with no fatalities outside the epicenter in central Hubei province.The National Health Commission also reported a drop in new infections to 406, with only five outside Hubei — a figure that will boost confidence that the rest of the country is containing the epidemic.In the rest of the world, there have been more than 40 deaths and 2,700 cases.The disease has now reached dozens of countries, with Austria, Croatia and Switzerland the latest to declare cases.The epidemic’s disruption has also grown, with stock markets tumbling around the world, restrictions imposed on travellers and sporting events cancelled.The WHO, the UN health agency, has called for countries to “prepare for a potential pandemic” — a term used to describe an epidemic that spreads throughout the world.Poor countries are particularly at risk, the WHO has warned.Team leader of the joint mission between World Health Organization (WHO) and China on COVID-19 Bruce Aylward (C) talks to journalists following a press conference at the WHO headquarters on February 25, 2020 in Geneva. – The world is “simply not ready” to rein in the new coronavirus outbreak, the head of a joint WHO-China mission of experts said on February 25, urging countries to learn from China’s expertise. (AFP/Fabrice COFFRINI) Topics : South Korea surge South Korea reported 169 new infections on Wednesday, raising its total tally to 1,146 — by far the largest outside China — while an 11th person died.The vast majority — 90 percent — of the new infections were in Daegu, the country’s fourth-largest city and the epicenter of the outbreak, and the neighboring province of North Gyeongsang.The streets of Daegu — which has a population of 2.5 million — have been largely deserted for days, apart from long queues at the few shops with masks for sale.Authorities urged the public to exercise extra caution, advising citizens to stay home if they have a fever or respiratory symptoms.China quarantined 94 air passengers arriving in Nanjing from Seoul after three people, all Chinese, on the flight were discovered to have fevers on Tuesday.South Korean President Moon Jae-in (C) speaks at the city hall in the southeastern city of Daegu on February 25, 2020. – The novel coronavirus outbreak in South Korea is “very grave”, President Moon Jae-in said on February 25 as he visited its epicentre and the country’s total number of cases approached 1,000. (AFP/YONHAP)Iran, Italy hotspots In the Middle East, Iran has emerged as a major hotspot, with three more people dying from the COVID-19 disease on Tuesday.The country has been scrambling to contain the epidemic since last week when it announced its first two deaths in Qom, a center for Islamic studies and pilgrims that attracts scholars from abroad.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, whose country came to the brink of war with Iran earlier this year, said Washington is deeply concerned Tehran “may have suppressed vital details” about the outbreak there.Gulf countries announced new measures to cut links with Iran in an attempt to stop the spread.Meanwhile Italy — which has reported 10 deaths and more than 300 cases — has locked down 11 towns and ordered Serie A football games to be played to empty stadiums. A young man who returned to Croatia from Italy became the first case in the Balkans region.In the United States, which has a few dozen cases, health authorities urged local governments, businesses, and schools to develop plans like cancelling mass gatherings or switching to teleworking as the country braces for the virus to spread further.last_img read more

Russia urges tour operators to avoid Italy, South Korea, Iran over coronavirus

first_imgRussia’s Federal Tourism Agency on Thursday recommended national tour operators suspend tours to Italy, South Korea and Iran until the outbreaks of coronavirus there are brought under control.The move came a day after Russia said it would suspend flights to and from South Korea, except those operated by Aeroflot and Aurora, and that it would stop issuing visas for regular and transit travel for Iranian citizens.Three Russian nationals are receiving treatment in Russia after they contracted coronavirus on a cruise ship in Japan and were subsequently repatriated, authorities have said.Before that, two Chinese nationals were hospitalised in Russia with the virus, but they have since recovered and have been discharged.Topics :last_img read more