- Donald Trump, from His Tower, Rages at “the Other Side” in Charlottesville | The New Yorker – Raging against the light. > he had reduced a moral crossroads for the country to a question of naming rights. Standing in front of reporters, Trump came across as an angry man sheltered by a building bearing his own name in big, gold letters. But for how long? Tenants in some buildings have already asked to have the “Trump” taken off. Where would it stop? Would there, perhaps, never even be a statue of Donald J. Trump? – (trump politics rhetoric )
- In 1939, I didn’t hear war coming. Now its thundering approach can’t be ignored | Harry Leslie Smith | Opinion | The Guardian – Specters. Not to be taken lightly.
> I recognise these omens of doom. Chilling signs are everywhere, perhaps the biggest being that the US allows itself to be led by Donald Trump, a man deficient in honour, wisdom and just simple human kindness. It is as foolish for Americans to believe that their generals will save them from Trump as it was for liberal Germans to believe the military would protect the nation from Hitler’s excesses. – (history politics trump )
- Why is Trump reluctant to condemn white supremacy? It’s his racism — and his megalomania. – The Washington Post – More consideration of the rhetorical situation of Trump's Many Sides statement.
> There is a reason we generally want our presidents to speak out against racism against African Americans amid outbreaks of racial strife and violence. They are well positioned to remind the nation of our founding creed, and of our most conspicuous betrayal of it — of the historically unique experience of African Americans as targets of centuries of violent subjugation, as well as sustained domestic terrorism and deeply ingrained racism, which continues today. – (rhetoric trump rhetorical_situation )
- White House Acts to Stem Fallout From Trump’s First Charlottesville Remarks – The New York Times – The press does rhetorical analysis. – (trump persuasion rhetorical_situation )
- Donald Trump under fire after failing to denounce Virginia white supremacists – This account makes it clear that Trump mis-used the rhetorical moment. Didn't just miss the opportunity to condemn white supremacists but used it to normalize racism. This is not a rhetorically innocent move.
> The president said he condemned “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides” on Saturday. He then repeated the phrase “on many sides” for emphasis. A White House spokesperson later amplified the president’s remarks, telling the Guardian: “The president was condemning hatred, bigotry and violence from all sources and all sides. There was violence between protesters and counter-protesters today.”
> But there was strong reaction to Trump’s refusal to denounce far-right extremists who had marched through the streets carrying flaming torches, screaming racial epithets and setting upon their opponents. – (politics efficacy trump rhetoric rhetorical_situation )
- Trump lit the torches of white supremacy in Charlottesville. We must extinguish them. – The Washington Post – Trump tries to take naming out of debate. The conservatives make it the center of debate – by declaring the name is not open for debate.
> But this abomination that happened in Charlottesville over the weekend is not up for debate. It’s not a cultural take or a political platform. Racism, bigotry and terrorism in the name of white nationalism isn’t a “side.” It’s a poison. – (rhetoric trump categorization naming )
- Trump babbles in the face of tragedy – The mainstream is raising the specter of Nazism
> this is the natural result of defining authenticity as spontaneity. Trump and his people did not believe the moment worthy of rhetorical craft, worthy of serious thought. The president is confident that his lazy musings are equal to history. They are not. They are babble in the face of tragedy. They are an embarrassment and disservice to the country.
> Ultimately this was not merely the failure of rhetoric or context, but of moral judgment. The president could not bring himself initially to directly acknowledge the victims or distinguish between the instigators and the dead. He could not focus on the provocations of the side marching under a Nazi flag. – (rhetoric politics trump )
- Donald Trump’s incredibly unpresidential statement on Charlottesville – – (politics rhetoric trump )
- Yes, Smartphones Are Destroying a Generation, But Not of Kids | JSTOR Daily – A fair analysis of a popular argument – critiquing the evidence- but weak alternative argument and lame solution. The kids aren't sad, it's the parents, so let's mentor! – (argument a )
- North Korea best not … – Trump remixes Truman – (linguistics )
- US federal department is censoring use of term ‘climate change’, emails reveal – Just leaving a trace of the accepted terms here.
> “These records reveal Trump’s active censorship of science in the name of his political agenda,” said Meg Townsend, open government attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. – (linguistics trump rhetoric semantics )
- Weblogs: Learning in Public- Jill Walker Rettberg | ETC Press – Meh become me. – (#en3177 digital_literacy blogging )
- Depravity Is Downstream of Donald Trump – The Atlantic – > Andrew Breitbart himself thought Donald Trump was a con man and no conservative, but he doubtlessly would have enjoyed the showmanship and sheer disruption of Trump’s primary campaign. – (trump rhetoric politics )
- [toread] The Observer view on Donald Trump’s unfitness for office – Your sixth month diagnosis: vipers, clowns, being held hostage
> Like some kind of Shakespearean villain-clown, Trump plays not to the gallery but to the pit. He is a Falstaff without the humour or the self-awareness, a cowardly, bullying Richard III without a clue. Late-night US satirists find in this an unending source of high comedy. If they did not laugh, they would cry. The world is witnessing the dramatic unfolding of a tragedy whose main victims are a seemingly helpless American audience, America’s system of balanced governance and its global reputation as a leading democratic light. – (politics trump tragedy )
- Donald Trump Tramples on Boy Scout Values | The New Yorker – Best Accidental Trump. Parable. Ever. – (none)
- Here and now – Thinking … I’ll get back to you on it. – (none)
- Trumpcare Collapsed Because Republicans Cannot Govern – Republican ideology doesn't admit support for health care. It's not conservatism. It's Republicanism.
> In truth, it was never possible to reconcile public standards for a humane health-care system with conservative ideology. In a pure market system, access to medical care will be unaffordable for a huge share of the public. Giving them access to quality care means mobilizing government power to redistribute resources, either through direct tax and transfers or through regulations that raise costs for the healthy and lower them for the sick. Obamacare uses both methods, and both are utterly repugnant and unacceptable to movement conservatives. That commitment to abstract anti-government dogma, without any concern for the practical impact, is the quality that makes the Republican Party unlike right-of-center governing parties in any other democracy. In no other country would a conservative party develop a plan for health care that every major industry stakeholder calls completely unworkable.
> The power to destroy remains within the Republican Party’s capacity. The power to translate its ideological principles into practical government is utterly beyond its reach. – (ideology rhetoric politics )
- Defense of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop offers case study on how to sell snake oil | Ars Technica – A catalogue of some of the rhetorical moves on Goop. – (ecommerce erhetoric snakeoil persuasion )
- David Bromwich · The Age of Detesting Trump · LRB 13 July 2017 – > President Trump, monster and scapegoat, is too rash in his overall demeanour, too uncalibrated in his words and gestures, too ill-adapted to the routines of politics to carry credit even when he is speaking common sense. – (none)
- Trump is ushering in a dark new conservatism – The real nostalgia is for the 1930s, not the 50s. – (politics trump )
- Full Text, Analysis: Donald Trump Jr. Emails On Meeting With Lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya : NPR – Annotation is the new broadcast. – (politics discourse trump )
- “I’ve Made You Believe There Is a Point” | ACADEME BLOG – TED Talks. Simply boring? Or simply boring platform for bogus Thought Leaders, self-promotion, and wasted lives? – (none)
- Trump’s dangerous thirst for a clash of civilizations – The Washington Post – Trump the Colonialist. It suits you, sir. – (politics colonolialism trump )
- Noam Chomsky: On Trump and the State of the Union – The New York Times – > ridicule is not enough. It’s necessary to address the concerns and beliefs of those who are taken in by the fraud, or who don’t recognize the nature and significance of the issues for other reasons. If by philosophy we mean reasoned and thoughtful analysis, then it can address the moment, though not by confronting the “alternative facts” but by analyzing and clarifying what is at stake, whatever the issue is. Beyond that, what is needed is action: urgent and dedicated, in the many ways that are open to us. – (trump politics philosophy_as_action )
- [toread] Amy Collier – Exploring Digital Sanctuary – OFFICE OF DIGITAL LEARNING – – (none)
- Trump 2020 Is No Joke – NYTimes.com – > Trumpism is a form of collective gaslighting at Twitter speed. It is founded on the principle that velocity trumps veracity.
> All of this is serious. But it’s not as serious as the seeping, constant attempt — one sacred value at a time — to disorient Americans to the point they accept the unacceptable, cede to the grotesque, acquiesce to total arbitrariness as a governing principle. On one side the Constitution; on the other the rabbit hole that leads to the Trump International Hotel. – (politics rhetoric trump )
- Forget Julius Caesar – Trump is more like Richard III, Shakespeare’s satanic joker | US news | The Guardian – > Sponsorship, a British director once told me, is implicit censorship. … . A spokesperson for one of the sponsors said the portrayal of Caesar was clearly designed “to provoke and offend”, which some of us thought was one of theatre’s basic functions.
Why else would business put money behind art? Or a brand on a hockey rink? Or their name on an endowed chair? – (politics )
- In Trump’s America, a thick-headed man’s incredibly thin skin is threatening free speech | Opinion | The Guardian – Thick head, thin skin is no reason. But the point is that censorship is here. Political correctness now comes from the right.
> That large corporations are punishing creative expression because it is critical of Trump is worrying. Even more worrying, however, is the insidious but understandable creep of self-censorship among everyday Americans. This week provides yet another example that, when it comes to Trump, exercising your right to free speech – that dearest of American values – can prove an expensive endeavour. – (polemic politics censorship trump )
- Pigeons and Personalization: The Histories of “Personalized Learning” – Take your pick, says Audrey. Show your politics.
> But “personalization” is not simply how we cope with our desire for individuality in an age of mass production, of course. It’s increasingly how we’re sold things. It’s how we are profiled, how we are segmented, how we are advertised to. – (education globalcapitalism )
- Donald Trump Poisons the World – With toxic positioning – Trump's "cleareyed outlook that the world is not a ‘global community’ but an arena where nations, nongovernmental actors and businesses engage and compete for advantage" makes the global community a global hallucination. Asserts the only position is his. Closes debate. Explains his spectacle. Illustrates how politics differs from business. Assigns us each our role. – (trump rhetoric politics globalcapitalism )
- A Parallax Reading of Roethke’s “My Papa’s Waltz” | samplereality – Bringing close reading into focus. Method! – (modernism litcrit DH )