*edit, November 21, 2016 – I discovered this YouTube video tonight. Interestingly, Adams clearly distances himself from Trump here. (http://bit.ly/2gc3wpf) In other words, Adams contradicts himself.
An excerpt from the above linked-to article by Scott Adams follows:
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Yes, yes, I realize Trump supporters say bad things about Clinton supporters too. I don’t defend the bad apples on either side. I’ll just point out that Trump’s message is about uniting all Americans under one flag. The Clinton message is that some Americans are good people and the other 40% are some form of deplorables, deserving of shame, vandalism, punishing taxation, and violence. She has literally turned Americans on each other. It is hard for me to imagine a worse thing for a presidential candidate to do…
As I often say, I don’t know who has the best policies. I don’t know the best way to fight ISIS and I don’t know how to fix healthcare or trade deals. I don’t know which tax policies are best to lift the economy. I don’t know the best way to handle any of that stuff. (And neither do you.) But I do have a bad reaction to bullies. And I’ve reached my limit…
I endorse Donald Trump for President of the United States because I oppose bullying in all its forms.
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My online response to a Common Dreams commenter, MarkJNovitsky, who linked to Scott’s article, follows:
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Scott’s article is a big fail. He’s simply wrong about Trump, who thinks Mexicans who come here are rapists and Muslims should all be deported. Trump is not a uniter. Unless you mean uniter of White supremacists. His intention to vote for Trump is a sign of pathology in my view. And his suggestion that because he knows nothing, therefore the rest of us also know nothing is plain stupid. I’m not an expert on anything, but I’ve been paying attention and, Sorry Scott, I don’t accept your assertion that I know nothing. And I imagine that the many experts out there in various fields (economics, sociology, etc) disagree with you also. There are solutions to problems and there have been for a long time, but the lawless, who have acquired power and are not democratic aren’t interested in expertise that isn’t harnessed to the goal of doing criminal business as usual and supporting mafia capitalists and their projects, while shutting the people up, use their power (including government) to sideline democracy and the people and solutions that might lead to a safe and prosperous world for ‘all’ rather than only the 1% who prefer the godless game of ‘riches for the strongest’ over the wimpy golden rule of love your neighbor as yourself.
I’m astonished that a clever fellow like Scott Adams, who my blog linked to before this, could be so politically stupid, actually. The solutions, in a nutshell, involve reversing neoliberalism. Bring back fair and progressive taxation and get rid of tax havens. Progressive taxation and redistribution and a social safety net, rather than insurance (too big to fail nonsense and forcing taxpayers to pay for the self-inflicted damage of reckless mafia capitalists) for only the mafia capitalists, would be nice. Get rid of the free trade deal-making process. It’s positively criminal and only meant to protect lawless, destructive investors and corporations. Free trade deals just need to end, period. I’d like to say that they should no longer be negotiated in secret, but that doesn’t change the nature of what they are. Unless making them transparent includes deal making that includes, meaningfully, ‘all’ of society’s stakeholders (unions and working people, social service organizations, environmentalists, academics from the Left as well as the Right), then just stop making them. That’s off the top of my non expert head.
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“Trumph of the Will: Taking Donald Trump’s Fascism Seriously” by Justin C. Mueller
“This sense of victimhood also provides justification for extraordinary measures to be used against the assailing or corrupting forces. Rights, practicality, legality, and consideration of the needs or well-being of those outside of the group are minimized or dispensed with entirely. For Trump, the U.S. government should have invaded Mexico instead of Iraq, should build an impregnable border wall across the entire Southern border in spite of the billions it will cost (and make Mexico pay for it), and should have a mass deportation of all 11million undocumented immigrants – literally rounding up millions of brown people around the country and forcing them onto buses and out of the country (but in a “very humane” way because Trump is a “great manager”).”
“We can certainly question how much Trump really means anything he says. In his The Art of the Deal, he is quite explicit in his defense of using strategic hyperbole, deception, and whatever tools are at hand in order to win. Hitler and Mussolini were true believers in ways that seem more genuine than Trump. In his own way, though, Trump – the con-man billionaire and former reality TV show star – is embodying other aspects of fascism’s distinctiveness, namely its instrumental, fluid, and sometimes oppositional relationship with rationality, logic, and truth, and its marked lack of concern with building systematic philosophical justification for its policies and doctrine. Logical coherence or justification are often besides the point for fascists (something Mussolini delighted in taunting liberals, conservatives, and socialists alike with).”
“While Trump is also not entirely guilty by association, it pays to look at who affirms his politics as being in line with their own. White nationalists have supported Trump’s stance on immigration (even though he has semi-officially declined their support).”
“Trump is not funny any more, because Trump is a fascist, and the “humor” of a fascist is to “punch down” on the already marginalized and oppressed while at the same time claiming victimhood.”
And for those lacking political literacy, “redistribution” is a liberal (in a positive sense) concept. Recognizing that the marketplace is impersonal and that individuals, through no fault of their own, could get tossed from the boat and end up treading water until they drowned, social democrats incorporated into the country’s legal framework tax policies and social policies that in effect took a little from those who had much and redistributed it downward to those who had nothing or too little. It formed part of the social safety net that neoliberal capitalism excludes. Neoliberalism excludes compassion and fairness and equality.
An excerpt from the above linked-to article by Trevor Gettys follows:
Donald Trump stuck a toe across the Nazi line Thursday morning in the ongoing hysteria over Muslim immigrants.
The Republican presidential frontrunner refused to rule out requiring Muslims to carry special identification showing their faith — which the Third Reich required Jews to do with a yellow badge that resembled the Star of David.
“We’re going to have to do things that we never did before,” Trump told Yahoo News. “Some people are going to be upset about it, but I think that now everybody is feeling that security is going to rule.”
The Nazi policy was based on an anti-Semitic practice in Medieval and Renaissance European nations, and historians say it played a large role in paving the way for acceptance of the Holocaust.