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De keuze van evangelicals zullen wellicht het verschil moeten maken voor de Verenigde Staten

De Verenigde Staten van America zullen voor enkel weken sterk in de kijker staan.

In die federale staten is godsdienst nog van sterk belang. Er zijn daar nog heel wat kerkgangers die geloof een belangrijk gegeven vinden om als onderdeel te zijn van de wetgevende en heersende macht. Als de presidentskandidaat te socialistisch of links mag overkomen kan deze het meestal vergeten. Zo kon Bernie Sanders wel zeer mooie voorstellen voor de natie hebben, weinigen wensten er gehoor aan te geven. Diegene die het meeste geld heeft en daarbij nog mooi kan praten maakt in de V.S.A. meestal de meeste kans om te slagen. Als mooiprater  kon Donald Trump in  2016 met nu en dan gezwaai van naar godsdienst verwijzende woorden liefst 81 procent van de Amerikaanse evangelischen bekoren. Of zij nu nog zo blij zijn met hun president die nu en dan toch ware onchristelijke steken heeft laten vallen en zelfs schijnigschennigachtig met de Bijbel wist te zwaaien is een andere zaak. Maar het zal heel belangrijk worden in  de komende verkiezingen, doordat Joe R. Biden nu niet echt als een sterk persoon kan aanzien worden.

De peilingen van het conservatieve Trump liefhebbende netwerk Fox News zitten er niet vaak naast en dat zou voor Trump een goede reden zijn om toch nog hevig te reageren tegen de conservatieve kandidaten, vooral tegen de voorgestelde vice-presidente. De meest recente uitslag laat zien dat 28 procent van de witte evangelischen van plan is om op Joe Biden te stemmen bij de presidentsverkiezingen komende november. De peiling laat zien dat Joe Biden 28 procent van de blanke evangelische stemmen veroverde. Dat is een sprong van 12 punten ten opzichte van wat Hillary Clinton in 2016 kreeg volgens Pew, en dat betekent dat 66 procent op Trump zou stemmen. Volgens sommige analisten zou dat de nederlaag van Trump vrijwel garanderen.

 

Bij de vorige keer dachten wij echter ook dat Trump het vast en zeker niet kon halen. Mis poes! Versteld en verslagen moesten wij toezien hoe deze bullebak toch aan het roer kwam te staan van die grote natie, waar hij nu zo verdeeldheid heeft gezaaid, al beloofde hij die natie “terug groot te maken”.

De huidige peilingen zijn daarom nog niets om te vrezen volgens de Trump aanhangers. Zij zijn er van overtuigd dat fake news Donald Trump graag onderuit zou willen halen, maar dat hun president dat zal overstijgen met grote trots. Het huidige resultaat van peilingen is dan voor de Trump getrouwen nauwelijks een reden om in paniek te raken of om zich door Democraten van de wijs te laten brengen.

“Eén enquête is slechts één enquête, en we hebben een lange weg te gaan tussen nu en november.”

En zoals we allemaal in 2016 hebben geleerd, is solide peilingen niet hetzelfde als stemmen. Trump heeft in het verleden lange kansen overwonnen en zou dat heel goed nog een keer kunnen doen. Met hem hebben wij al genoeg verrassingen gekregen en hij heeft al heel wat uit zijn hoed kunnen toveren.

Maar 28 procent van de blanke evangelischen is een nog hoger percentage dan president Barack Obama die in zijn historische overwinning van 2008 haalde, toen hij 26 procent van de blanke evangelische stemmen kreeg. De marges van Trump waren in 2016 mager en zullen dit jaar waarschijnlijk weer mager zijn. Dat alles maakt dat noch hij, noch Biden veel ruimte voor fouten hebben.

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De DNC meeting ging virtueel door en leek een beetje op ons Europees songfestival wanneer de stemmen werden uitgebracht. Hierbij kwam duidelijk naar voor dat voor de democraten Joe Biden en zijn running mate senator Kamala Harris kwamen te steunen.
Voormalige concurrenten zoals burgemeester Pete Buttigieg en senator Bernie Sanders boden hun steun aan samen met het geheime wapen van de Democraten: een groep Republikeinse functionarissen onder leiding van gouverneur John Kasich die tijdelijk hun politieke meningsverschillen indienen om Trump aan de kaak te stellen en Biden te steunen.
Michelle Obama was maandag de keynote speaker en gaf duidelijk haar vroegere positie van First Lady alle eer aan te doen. Haar man zal later deze week zijn eigen adres inleveren, maar zij gaf al duidelijk aan dat Donald Trump nu al genoeg kansen heeft gekregen die hij niet heeft waar kunnen maken, zodat iedereen wel zou moeten te weten gekomen zijn dat Trump niet de juiste man voor het land is.

In haar indrukwekkende speech op de jaarlijkse conferentie van de Democratische partij in Amerika vermelde ze het belang van empathie wat Trump helemaal niet bezit en legt ze uit wat het betekent om één natie van God te zijn.

“We moeten een manier vinden om samen te leven en samen te werken ondanks onze verschillen”, vertelt de voormalige first lady.

Ondertussen bereidt de RNC hun eigen conventie voor, met namen als de gouverneur van South Dakota Kristi Noem, het St.Louis-echtpaar Mark en Patricia McCloskey die werden gefotografeerd terwijl ze BLM-demonstranten intimideerden met hun vuurwapens.

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Analysis: Will religious freedom flourish in post-treaty Middle East?

Could peace between the Jewish State and a Sunni Arab powerhouse portend increasing religious freedom across the Middle East?

By Lela Gilbert, World Israel News

On August 13, World Israel News reported that the United Arab Emirates and Israel have agreed to establish full diplomatic ties as part of a deal to halt Israel’s extension of sovereignty over Judea and Samaria. The announcement makes the UAE the first Gulf Arab state to do so and only the third Arab nation to have active diplomatic ties to Israel.”

The announcement was made by President Donald Trump.

“Now that the ice has been broken I expect more Arab and Muslim countries will follow the United Arab Emirates.”

So President Trump, who negotiated the agreement, predicted.

There was, of course, debate in Israel and beyond about whether the agreement had cast aside annexation of biblical Judea and Samaria for the sake of an elusive peace gesture. At the same time, there was celebration among young Israelis, embracing new hopes for harmony with the Arab world.

Despite the UAE flag emblazoned in lights across Tel Aviv’s city hall, heated discussions on the subject continue between American and Israeli, religious and secular, conservative and liberal Jews and their supporters.

‘Sarsour has no role in the campaign whatsoever,’

Biden spokesman says after DNC address

Meanwhile, conversations about the religious implications of the agreement have extended well beyond Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi. Could peace between the Jewish State and a Sunni Arab powerhouse portend increasing religious freedom across the Middle East?

Pope Francis

Pope Francis is welcomed by Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince , Feb. 4, 2019. (AP/Kamran Jebreili)

For several years, the United Arab Emirates has been painting a self-portrait not only of a super-wealthy Arab state, but also as a haven of religious freedom. And since Pope Francis’ dramatic visit there in February 2019, much has been said to affirm that these efforts amount to more than a photo-op.

Deutche Welle (DW) described the Pope’s visit as an historic milestone, reporting

 “More than 130,000 worshipers flocked to the Zayed Sports City Stadium in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, on Tuesday to celebrate a Mass with Pope Francis… He is the first leader of the Catholic Church ever to set foot on the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of Islam.”

If peace between Jews, Muslims and Christians is possible in one small Arab country, why couldn’t it extend further? Reflecting on this possibility, prayerful optimists have lifted their eyes heavenward while world-weary cynics continue to shake their heads.

On the optimistic side, DW explained that at the start of his papal visit, Pope Francis met with Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and other UAE leaders at the presidential palace.

“He also signed a document promoting ‘human fraternity’ with Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, the grand imam of Egypt’s Al-Azhar, the seat of Sunni Muslim learning. During an address to a gathering of interfaith leaders, he called for an end to wars in the Middle East, including in Yemen and Syria. All religious leaders had a ‘duty to reject every nuance of approval from the word war,’ he said.”

But, as less-than-upbeat observers will quickly note, religious freedom in the Middle East often ends where radical Islam begins, whether that dangerous version of ideology is rooted in Shiite or Sunni tradition. In fact, in its 2020 Country Report, the U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom (USCIRF) declared that Egypt, Iraq and Turkey were included on its “Special Watch List,” while Iran and Saudi Arabia continue to be “Countries of Particular Concern” (CPC).

Both had either permitted or committed egregious violations of religious freedom. Indeed, the violent nature of conflicts in the Middle East, including genocides of Christians, Yazidis and other minorities, tend to discourage even the most enthusiastic proponents of dialogue and reconciliation.

Still, efforts for peace – whether motivated by economic promise or intended to create a bulwark against Iranian and Turkish aggression – should not be disregarded. It is a region where churches are sometimes bombed or torched and surviving synagogues are broken relics of happier days — before the wholesale expulsion of entire Jewish communities.

Nonetheless, the UAE has begun a unique project intended to transform the marred image of Muslim, Jewish and Christian relations: a Multi-Faith Complex – including the first official synagogue in the country’s history.

“A church, mosque and synagogue will share a collective space for the first time, serving as a community for inter-religious dialogue and exchange, and nurturing the values of peaceful co-existence and acceptance among different beliefs, nationalities and cultures,” the committee overseeing construction of the complex said in a statement.

For years, Israel and the United Arab Emirates have been holding clandestine meetings. Now their newly revealed projects include both economic and defense opportunities to which both have contributed expertise and funding. Today, the inclusion of other Arab states in such endeavors is already under discussion, including Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Sudan and more.

Sanguine regional conversations about peace and prosperity should never be silenced. Prayerful candles should always be lit by people of faith. Nevertheless, wary eyes keep their watch as Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei rage and rant about the Israeli-Emirati agreement’s betrayal of Islamic empire-building.

And while Abu-Dhabi’s construction of the Multi-Faith Complex prepares for its 2022 opening, deadly gunfire shatters quiet nights in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, while rockets and explosive balloons continue to darken the sunlit skies above Israel.

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U.S.A. Investment in a demagogue

From some old article, we want to select the thought about the businessman and television personality Donald Trump. For many Americans this man in charge is their half-god or their golden calf. Most of them who voted in favour for the extravagant man could not have brought some more dangerous man into government, for their nation, but also for the whole world. More than once he brought many out of the United States to sit on the edge of the chair, fearing he would push the “Red button”. He promised to make the nation great again. For sure, he managed to divide it more than ever and to bring it back down, to many years before Obama.

The people who voted for Trump invested in a demagogue who claimed he alone could solve their problems. There is a never a quick fix to a truly complex problem. And yes everyone knew that health care was this complex. What will we need to do to clean up from this mess? Trump has been up on the Hill for over 40 days. If he wants to clean up this mess he has to do it quickly. He alone can determine if he is going to be Moshe, Augustus, or a Golden Calf. Like the Golden Calf- Trump is a product of an ignorant and impatient group yearning to be heard. If only it was as easy as breaking a couple of Tablets to get them to shut up and listen for a moment. {from: Golden Calf and Trump, by Rabbi Avi Katz Orlow}

The populist, protectionist, and nationalist entered the 2016 presidential race as a Republican and was elected in a surprise victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, although he lost the popular vote. The people have got many years now to listen to this businessman who has no empathy with the peoples of ‘his country’.

This man of “Fake News” has not recreated a fake world neither a real good world, but made the world even more turbulent than before.

Trump said:

What I worry about is that when problems are not addressed, people will not know who is responsible. And when the problems get bad enough, as they might do, for example, with another serious terrorist attack, as they might do with another financial meltdown, some one person will come forward and say, ‘Give me total power and I will solve this problem.’… That is how the Roman republic fell. Augustus became emperor, not because he arrested the Roman Senate. He became emperor because he promised that he would solve problems that were not being solved. {Golden Calf and Trump}

Trump has become emperor, though many thought he would never come so far. Surprisingly he became the oldest first-term U.S. president and the first without prior military or government service. How he got so many votes and where he got associated with, is something we shall to uncover in 50 years time, but it does not look very kosher. Continually this boaster has made many false or misleading statements during his campaign and presidency. In Europe lots of people do not understand how it could be that so many people really believe everything what this man says, and even do not see how he changed like the wind many times. Even after fact-checkers made it clear that the so-called facts of Mr. Trump were false, the majority of the American people still wanted to believe their god. The journalists who wanted to question Trump moreover his allegations and about his ‘sayings’were chastised and ridiculed towards the other press people. The media in the United States as well as out of that nation, have widely described the phenomenon as unprecedented in American politics. Many of his comments and actions have been characterized as racially charged or racist.  That way he is the first president who was able to create more division in that ‘great nation’ than ever before.

In case Trump was a product of an ignorant and impatient group yearning to be heard, we can only hope that group has come to its senses and have seen and understood now, how this man is such a fraud and someone is who one can miss as a toothache.

Yesterday former first lady Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention hit the nail on the head whilst she sought to strike that balance between a message of hope and a condemnation of Trump. Obama spoke as the wife of a former President who has seen “the immense weight and awesome power” of the presidency up close. She spoke as a mother trying to teach empathy and instill “a strong moral foundation” in her daughters. And she spoke as an American pained “to see so many people hurting” at a time when the coronavirus has claimed more than 170,000 lives in the US and cast millions into unemployment. She tried to appeal to voters who are frustrated and anxious about the chaos that the President has created, arguing that the America is underperforming

“not simply on matters of policy but on matters of character.”

she said convincingly.

“I know that regardless of our race, age, religion, or politics, when we close out the noise and the fear and truly open our hearts, we know that what’s going on in this country is just not right. This is not who we want to be.”
She warned the Americans:
Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country. He has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job, but he is clearly in over his head. He cannot meet this moment. He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us. It is what it is.”
“If you take one thing from my words tonight, it is this,”
she continued.
“If you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can; and they will if we don’t make a change in this election. If we have any hope of ending this chaos, we have got to vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it.”

 

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So-called own sacred values under threat

The last few years we have seen populist politicians becoming more popular and getting a stronger following who wanted to cause a fuss here and there. Often they want to have their people believe their nation was great but got damaged by the many immigrants. They say the immigrant population weakens the country and brings democracy in danger.

On the other side there is also a contemporary myth that European societies used to be homogenous. Europe has always been a blanket of a lot of diversity. Always it has been a mixture of all sorts of people and cultures. Throughout the ages we could find a battlefield in the Low Countries. Lots of pieces of land changed hands many times, once belonging to the Romans, than to the Germans, the Austrians, the French, the Dutch. Even the languages and religion changed more than once.

Threat to the security and stability of the nation

Today we can find lots of people who say the land belongs to them and others bring their Judaeo-Christian values in danger. Though many of those crying about their values, do not have any of such juedo christian values at all. The 2016 Islamist fundamentalist attacks showed clearly how far countries as France wanted to go putting liberty of thought, freedom of expression and clothing at the side. France and Belgium so secularised took measures which went totally against real democratic rules and humanitarian freedom.

Big problem in Europe today is that lots of people do not worship God any more and do not keep to the essential commandments of God and as such do not mind not telling the truth, not loving the other, not taking care of others their goods or of nature, they even enjoy being better than the other wanting to have more than they have. For many, hatred and envy are the order of the day. We notice that hatred under Christians is nothing new any more. In the previously Chrisitan countries, we also come to see more hatred against religions in general, many thinking religion is the cause of all the problems. In West Europe we find many that much-vaunted bastions of multiculturalism have become No God Zones.

The last few years we also could see that several countries did not mind to take up again very discriminatory laws.  We could see that even in the so-called most free country of Europe: France; and also in the so-called most progressive liberal country Denmark where they even went so far to go for Nazi-laws.

Too many people do forget our world evolved to a world where lots of people go from one place to another and influence each other. There are already many influencers on the net who cross many country borders and bring people to change their normal and consumption habits, plus eating and clothing customs.

Best examples which show how it is going wrong at the moment, are the United States of America, Brazil, Hungary and Hong Kong. The States takes the cake by having a president who goes in against everything the founders of that State stood for. That country was built on the aspiring hopes of people who came from all sorts of countries, all sorts of cultures and different religious denominations. The land is created or grown by a mixture of peoples. In the few years the 45th president of the U.S.A. ruled he managed to destroy a lot what was build up in the previous decades and created a lot of division between the inhabitants of those states which should be unified.

Instead of all trying to come to one unified Europe we do find more and more people going against the tendency for unification. Several politicians want to create such hammock in the country people get fed up with politics and start wanting to do their own thing in the way they want to do it.

A few years ago there was the beginning of fear created by Islamist fundamentalists. Now an other fear was added. This time it is not the clash between Islam and the West, but the power of a virus, which destroys our free way of life as well. Religious conflict was the norm in the old so-called homogenous Europe. Often the Roman Catholics were the killers to be afraid of. They had a terror regime that forced everyone to Catholicism. The people having most to fear then were the ones who worshipped the Only One True God and not Christ. Many brethren and sisters in the faith had to hide their faith or even had to hide in less easy to reach regions.

The English philosopher John Locke put it, ‘to a foreign prince’, the Pope, whose values were incompatible with those of liberal democracies, and who posed a threat to the security and stability of the nation.

At one point in European history we have two centuries where Jews were seen even more of a threat to European identity, values and ways of being, so much so that they became victims of the world’s greatest genocide. Today many forget that the treatment of Jews as the ‘Other’ was not confined to Germany. It was a central theme in most European nations, from the Dreyfus affair in France to Britain’s first immigration law, the 1905 Aliens Act, designed principally to stem the flow into the country of European Jews. And up in the North lots of Jews got burned in their homes by Russian attacks against them.

In all cases we see that governments and people want to find a victim, someone or some people to point with the finger, to cast them as the cause of all misery.

In the previous centuries high society also looked downwards to the working class. The working class and the rural poor were seen by many as racial distinct.
The French aristocratic anti-egalitarian diplomat, writer, ethnologist, and social thinker Arthur de Gobineau, in his Essai sur l’inégalité des races humaines, 4 vol. (1853–55; Essay on the Inequality of Human Races), remarked already that

‘Every social order represents a racial variety’.

Joseph-Arthur, comte de Gobineau.

Arthur de Gobineau, French diplomat, writer, ethnologist, and social thinker whose theory of racial determinism had an enormous influence upon the subsequent development of racist theories and practices in western Europe.

In the Essai Gobineau asserted the superiority of the white race over others and labeled the “Aryans”—i.e., the Germanic peoples—as representing the summit of civilization. That idea is not killed yet. Also today in Europe as well as in the United States we do find people who cling to that idea, that the fate of civilizations is determined by racial composition, that white and in particular Aryan societies flourish as long as they remain free of black, brown and yellow strains, and that the more a civilization’s racial character is diluted through miscegenation, the more likely it is to lose its vitality and creativity and sink into corruption and immorality.Donald Trump does find this enough reason to make sure everyone comes to understand that, and that it are the white federal troops which are the ones who can and should have everything in control.

Gobineau insisted that

‘We imagine that we are one nation, but we are two nations on the same land’,

each a distinctive race with

‘perpetually contradictory spirits’.

The Christian socialist Phillipe Buchez, giving a talk to the Medico-Psychological Society of Paris in 1857, wondered how it could happen that

 ‘within a population such as ours, races may form – not merely one but several races – so miserable, inferior and bastardised that they may be classed below the most inferior savage races, for their inferiority is sometimes beyond cure.’

The races that he was talking of were not, of course, from Africa or Asia, but the working class and the rural poor. In this century some reflect similar words now also referring to those who work on the fields (seasonal workers) and those who do the jobs the ‘nationals’ do not want to do.

Gobineau’s writings were quickly praised by white supremacist, pro-slavery Americans like surgeon, anthropologis and slaveowner Josiah C. Nott and the Swiss American propagandist for the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War, Henry Hotze, who translated his book into English. They omitted around 1,000 pages of the original book, including those parts that negatively described Americans as a racially mixed population.

In the 19th century in many countries, the poor were

‘a race of whom we know nothing, whose lives are of quite different complexion from ours, persons with whom we have no point of contact.’

explained an article on working-class life in East London in The Saturday Review, a well-read liberal magazine of the era.

‘Distinctions and separations, like those of English classes’,

the article concluded,

‘which always endure, which last from the cradle to the grave, which prevent anything like association or companionship… offer a very fair parallel to the separation of the slaves from the whites.’

Just before the pandemic struck our regions there were already enough signs we were evolving back to a segregation position of modern slaves, the working class.

With the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, we will have to be very careful that politicians and CEOs do not take advantage of this situation in order to corner the workers and exploit them even more because of the emerging economic crisis.

In the States, we see already how the president got so many people to believe that we should ignore this virus or Chinese disease and should all go back at work making our economy great again. For him, the economy comes first. Human lives are not so important and when they are black or brown they are even less important. For him as for some in Europe as well there should not be Corona restrictions, because they go against our liberty. All such matters to protect the health of people undermine the economy and therefore (according to them) should be annulled. Inc ase there are people dying from Covid-19 they should be considered as just ‘accidents de parcours’.

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Preceding

Tribes Redux

Trans-ability and Identity and Political correctness

Seeds from the world creating division and separation from God

Denmark votes in favour for a Discriminatory Nazi law

American Christians have to think twice before going to vote

Tolerance Ends When There Is No Tolerance Shown Towards Us

Francis Fukuyama and ‘The End of History?’

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The Trump clan declares itself a Kennedy-like dynasty

Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, has said that the Trumps are set to become a Kennedy-like dynasty.

Ivanka Trump  blows a kiss to the crowd as she leaves the stage with her husband Jared Kushner  and her brother Donald...

Say what?

Parscale elaborated at California’s Republican Party convention last August.

“I think you see that from Don Jr. I think you see that from Ivanka. You see it from Jared. You see it from all,” he said.

That would be Trump’s Jewish daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her Jewish husband, Jared Kushner.

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Would it possible to have a Jewish president in the near future?: Please read: Possibility for a Jew to replace Donald Trump

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Hoe Gaan We Dit Uitleggen – Jelmer Mommers (boekbespreking)

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  • Nauwelijks te geloven dat Trump president van de Verenigde Staten zou kunnen worden <= vergeten te luisteren naar de signalen die er zijn. > Geert Mak zei dat Trump = resultaat van onze eigen fascinatie met narcisme > leider niet los zien van tijdsgeest.
  • Trump met een positieve boodschap opwarming van de Aarde durft +  kan ontkennen of bagatelliseren
  • dankzij Al Gore + David Attenborough + BBC ongemakkelijke waarheid > opwarming van de Aarde + desastreuze impact van klimaatverandering op de natuur zichtbaar.
  • Klimaatverandering = hot issue.
  • wetenschappelijke waarheid staat wereldwijd ter discussie omdat mensen het er gewoon niet mee eens zijn.
  • En ze komen er mee weg! Ik ben vast niet de enige die zich aan de huidige tijdsgeest irriteert, maar ik moest voor het lezen van dit boek erkennen dat ik zelf deelgenoot ben. Ook ik kende de mogelijke gevolgen en de schrijnende situatie onvoldoende.
  • Jelmer Mommers zou best eens een van de mensen kunnen zijn die een noodlot zien aankomen. Hij stelt: we gaan een hittetijd tegemoet. > kunnen alleen de schade nog beperken.
  • in 1850 waarschuwden de eerste mensen al dat we voorzichtig met de natuur moesten omgaan, dat er een balans is tussen alles wat leeft en dat we daar respect voor zouden moeten hebben.
  • vervuilers weten al decennia hoeveel schade ze aanrichten.
  • In de jaren ’60 van vorige eeuw wisten oliemaatschappijen dat ze schade toebrachten aan het milieu.
  • Mommers toont maar weer eens dat het probleem van CO₂ in de atmosfeer ons eeuwenlang zal blijven achtervolgen.
  • 2 scenario’s voor situatie in 2050: Extreme weersomstandigheden van nu zullen ieder jaar intensiveren. => Nederland > regenseizoen kennen. + optimistisch scenario > technologische ontwikkelingen
  • Mommers biedt mogelijke oplossingen + nieuw verhaal nodig => duidelijk “nee” tegen de huidige, gevaarlijke weg. => + kiezen voor “het groene toekomstverhaal”. = oplossing zodat politieke speelveld niet kan worden gekaapt door ontkenning.

Tonny Mollema

Gebeurtenissen van historische betekenis en van buitengewoon belang voor de mensheid, of het nou immense rampen zijn of taferelen van uitzonderlijk geluk, komen zelden uit het niets. Zelden komen ze onaangekondigd. Er is altijd wel iemand die het noodlot ziet aankomen, iemand met een vooruitziende blik, iemand die de signalen oppikt. Het vervelende is dat we, als mensheid, diegene vaak pas naderhand kunnen aanwijzen. Of misschien treffender: durven aanwijzen. Er zijn voorbeelden te over, de een wezenlijker dan de ander: de kernramp van Chernobyl, de Watersnoodramp, de zaak Armstrong, de opkomst van het nationaal socialisme en de daaropvolgende Holocaust. Pas na afloop, als het kwaad geschied is, kan het hele verhaal geschreven worden, is het opeens duidelijk wie goed was en wie als de geschiedenisboeken ingaat als de schuldige.

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Ophitser en opzetter tegen Joden

Donald Trump probeert de Amerikaanse joden uit elkaar te spelen en ervoor te zorgen dat de Democraten bestempeld worden als anti-joods, anti-Israël.”

Amerikaanse joden die voor de Democraten stemmen zijn volgens de Amerikaanse leider ofwel “onwetend”, ofwel “deloyaal”, afvallig tegenover Israël.

Deze uitspraak van de Amerikaanse president Donald Trump heeft heel wat joden verontwaardigd en geschoffeert. Voor velen is het duidelijk hoe Trump de Amerikaanse joden tegen elkaar probeert uit te spelen en ervoor te zorgen dat de Democraten worden bestempeld als anti-joods, anti-Israël.

De uitspraak van Trump volgt kort na een controversiële tweet van enkele dagen geleden, waarin de president de Democratische politici Rashida Tlaib en Ilhan Omar viseerde, die kritisch staan tegenover het beleid van de Israëlische premier Benjamin Netanyahu. Met zijn tweet kreeg Trump gedaan dat Israël de twee Democrates de toegang ontzegde, toen ze de Westelijke Jordaanoever en Oost-Jeruzalem hadden willen bezoeken.

 

Het is totaal verkeerd te denken dat als men tegen de politieke gang van zaken is dat men ook tegen Joden zou zijn. Niet alle Joden zijn het eens hoe hun land muren bouwt en anderen uitsluit.

Trump wil zeer pro-Israël zijn, maar stelt pro-joods altijd gelijk aan pro-Israël. Als je tegen Israël bent, ben je een antisemiet, volgens Trump, maar dat klopt natuurlijk niet.

Invloedrijke joodse organisaties zijn niet te spreken over Trumps uitspraak, nadat ze vorige week dus ook al overwegend negatief hadden gereageerd op de beslissing van Israël, volgend op Trumps tweet, om Tlaib en Omar de toegang tot het land te ontzeggen. Veel joodse organisaties lieten weten dat ze de opvattingen van de beide politici niet steunden, maar desondanks wel vonden dat Israël hen niet de toegang had mogen weigeren. “Israël heeft niet wijs gehandeld”, klonk het.

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The one that exploded the great American story that lay beneath it

 


Trump has not merely, at the behest of his supporters,
disrupted the status quo.
He has exploded the great American story that lay beneath it.
What makes Trump so difficult to write about is that he presents no story.
Like a cubist portrait, he changes your perception of reality by the minute.

~ In The Story Of Trump, There Is No story

 

> Read Here – Columbia Journalism Review

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Francis Fukuyama and ‘The End of History?’

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American political scientist, political economist, and author Yoshihiro Francis Fukuyama in 2015

The American writer and political theorist Francis Fukuyama wrote

“Human beings never existed in a pre-­social state. The idea that human beings at one time existed as isolated individuals is not correct.”

In his seminal 1989 essay ‘The End of History?’ he also wrote

‘What we may be witnessing is the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.’

Fukuyama trying to convey silent messages through stories about the evolution of democratic societies he continued

‘With the fall of the Soviet Union the struggle for recognition, the willingness to risk one’s life for a purely abstract goal, the worldwide ideological struggle that called forth daring, courage, imagination, and idealism will be replaced by economic calculation, the endless solving of technical problems, environmental concerns, and the satisfaction of sophisticated consumer demands.’

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The End of History and the Last Man is a 1992 book by Francis Fukuyama, expanding on his 1989 essay “The End of History?”, published in the international affairs journal The National Interest.

Fukuyama did not suggest that the end of history meant the end of wars or conflicts, but rather that capitalism and Western-style liberal democracy were the culmination of human political development and would not, and could not, be transcended. He beliefs that the triumph of liberal democracy at the end of the Cold War marked the last ideological stage in the progression of human history. The initial political challenge having to escape beyond tribalism and the “tyranny of cousins”.

For Fukuyama, tribal organisation responds to structural imperatives in social evolution but also blocks the path to further development. The early account of the origins of state-like forms relies heavily on Lawrence Keeley’s military-focused argument in War Before Civilisation (1996) and does not consider the evidence assembled by Keith Otterbein in How War Began (2004): that warfare greatly declined in importance following the hunting to extinction of the larger mammals. Keeley himself grants that early settlement cultures, such as the Natufian,

“furnish no indication of warfare at all”. {Robin BlackburnThe Origins of Political Order: From Pre-Human Times to the French Revolution, By Francis Fukuyama}

We can see that in the West the majority prefers a capitalist system and in several industrialised countries people are a lot afraid of what smells social or communist. Fukuyama thinks that all states are going to adopt a form of capitalist liberal democracy. It was an argument contested from almost the moment he finished writing his essay.
The rise of Islamism, the unleashing of ethnic conflicts, the challenge posed by China – a myriad developments, his critics suggested, questioned the presumption of an end of history.

Donald Trump’s Presidential victory was one of the signs how politicians would easily be able to lure people in false ideas, by their words. The last few years we have seen a seemingly unstoppable rise of populist forces throughout Europe.

Many will probably see how in the quarter of a century since Fukuyama wrote his essay, politics, particularly in the West, has indeed shifted away from ‘ideological struggle’ towards

‘the endless solving of technical problems’.

The broad ideological divides that characterized politics for much of the past two hundred years have been eroded. Politics has become less about competing visions of the kinds of society people want than a debate about how best to manage the existing political system, a question more of technocratic management rather than of social transformation.

What might more come to an end is the believe of people in political systems and in politicians. Lots of people are convinced that politicians are not listening to them and are mostly just working for themselves and trying to get the best paid job.
The majority of politicians have lost connection with the ordinary people who want to feel as if they are justly recognised and that their voice can be heard. The last few years they feel more they are mocked at, nobody taking their voice seriously. Politicians should come to know that this desire to experience both personal and collective recognition is inescapable to the modern human condition.

Liberal democratic states that Fukuyama so vigorously defended in “The End of History” have not responded well to the challenges of pluralism.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, few believed in an alternative to capitalism, not seeing that the Soviet Union was not really the best representative of communism, because it had more dictators than real communist leaders. Communist parties crumbled, while social democratic parties remade themselves, cutting ties to their traditional working class constituencies while reorienting themselves as technocratic parties. Trade unions weakened and social justice campaigns eroded.

It seemed that not only in Europe social movements and political organizations eroded,  and the far-right movements gained space. Local people wanted to become recognised and wanted to look upon social change through the lens of their own cultures, identities, goals and ideals.

Many sections of the working class have found themselves politically voiceless at the very time their lives have become more precarious, as jobs have declined, public services savaged, austerity imposed, and inequality risen. Many also came to see all those immigrants as a danger for their own position, their jobs and income as well as being afraid of loosing their culture.

Having their world coming to an end.

Lots of people in charge of the working of society did not see the discontent many their votes expressed.

Prominent alt-rightists were instrumental in organising the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017. Here, rally participants carry Confederate battle flags, Gadsden flags and a Nazi flag.

In Europe and America, people have become disaffected with the old order and felt more attraction for those who promised heaven on earth and for them “a great nation” again. Many of the opposition movements that give voice to that disaffection of the labourers, are shaped not by progressive ideals but by sectarian politics, and rooted in religious or ethnic identity. The Islamist AKP in Turkey or the Hindu nationalist BJP in India are the equivalents of the Front National in France or the alt right, far-right, white supremacist, white nationalist, white separatist, anti-immigration and antisemitic movement in America and Europe.

Those growing right-wing and far- or extreme-right-wing groups should make us aware of the severity of the present political situation. We are witnessing a globally disinformation movement which is creating more hatred and racism as well setting up people against others for wrong reasons.

The current tumult is the result of struggles for recognition that remain unshaped by progressive movements, of ideological struggles in a post-ideological world.

Demand for recognition of one’s identity is a master concept that unifies much of what is going on in world politics today. In his new book: Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment Francis Fukuyama looks at the new layers of meaning of the voters or citizen’s identity.

Fukuyama believes that the focus on self separates people from their communities. The demand for identity cannot be transcended and therefore people must begin to shape identity in a way that supports rather than undermines democracy.
When coming to know the self one can not ignore the connection with religious feelings. One aspect of wisdom is recognizing your need for The One Being outside man.

Christianity succeeds in diminishing family ties when the Church takes a strong stand against practices which enhanced the power of lineages such as cousin marriage, divorce, adoption and marriage to the widows of dead relatives. The looser family pattern favoured by the practices of Latin Christianity have the effect of channelling assets to the Church itself (eg through widows’ bequests). Fukuyama further urges that “contrary to Marx, capitalism was the consequence rather than the cause of a change in social relationships”. Yet he soon acknowledges that

“the most convincing argument for the shift has been given by the social anthropologist Jack Goody“,

an authority whose work could be seen as a distinctive fruit of Cambridge Marxism. {Robin BlackburnThe Origins of Political Order: From Pre-Human Times to the French Revolution, By Francis Fukuyama}

Fukuyama has the idea that the individualistic sense of identity comes to the fore during periods of modernisation in which people fled from rural areas into the cities and were confronted with a mass of different dialects or languages, religions and cultures and were aware of a sense of the difference between where they were and where they are now. Today in some way many people seem to be lost or are so much afraid of such confrontation they do hope their politicians can solve that problem of difference between the inhabitants of their villages, cities and countries.

Fukuyama notes the ways in which questions of identity politics have come to be regarded as synonymous with the right. Donald Trump supporters are animated around the removal of Confederate statues and the president’s lack of defence to political correctness is a significant mobilising force on the right.

Intimidation and efforts to control people have become the present day norm for many politicians, who gain a lot of popularity because many fall for their lies. That virus threatening democracy has not only infected the United States but also the European Union. As such we may see that identity politics has become the political form of cultural fragmentation of these days, and is corrosive of some features of an effective democracy – social cohesion, talking with strangers and working across the aisle.

According to me the politicians do have to give an identity to the people again and have to show them that we all have more in common with each other than what divides us.

It is a “we” who are the same, and not a “we” who are strangers dwelling together despite our differences. {Jeff RichIdentity Crisis – some theses on identity politics}

The End of the End of History?

History shall continue and show how man tries to find different political solutions and ways to govern a country. Man shall have to find a way to make it that by the globalisation more and more people would be going to see the richness of a multicultural society, instead of fearing it.

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  6. The Free Market (and all that) did not bring down the Berlin Wall
  7. Common Goods, people and the Market
  8. Pushing people in a corner danger for indoctrination and loss of democratic values
  9. Populism endangering democracy
  10. An European alliance or a populist alliance
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  13. United in an open society relying not on command and control but on freedom
  14. Capitalism and economic policy and Christian survey

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  4. Fukuyama has a new book on identity
  5. Little Theories
  6. The Decline of Liberalism
  7. Identity
  8. Identity Crisis – some theses on identity politics
  9. We’re in This Together Now 
  10. Two Books by Francis Fukuyama
  11. What Fukuyama got right.
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He Becomes a Fool Through His Endless Desire

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From Carl Jung’s Red Book,

He whose desire turns away from outer things, reaches the place of the soul. If he does not find the soul, the horror of the emptiness will overcome him, and fear will drive him with a whip lashing time and again in a desperate endeavor and a blind desire for the hollow things of the world. He becomes a fool through his endless desire, and forgets the way of the soul, never to find her again.

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