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Joking aside: Trump is Unreasonable

2015-12-08 04:00
Orin Kerr writes an excellent post repudiating Donald Trump. As a right-of-center troll, sometimes it looks like I support Trump. I don't -- I repudiate everything about Trump.

I often defend Trump, but only because I defend fairness. Sometimes people attack Trump for identical policies supported by their own favorite politicians. Sometimes they take Trump's bad policies and make them even worse by creating "strawman" versions of them. Because I believe in fairness, I'll defend even Trump from unfair attacks.

But Trump is an evil politician. Trump is "fascism-lite". You'll quickly cite Godwin's Law, but fascism is indeed the proper comparison. He's nationalistic, racist, populist, and promotes the idea of a "strongman" -- all the distinctive hallmarks of Nazism and Italian Fascism.

Scoundrels, like Trump, make it appear that opposition is unreasonable, that they are somehow sabotaging progress, and that all it takes is a strongman with the "will" to overcome them. But the truth is that in politics, reasonable people disagree. I'll vigorously defend my politics and call yours wrong, but at the end of the day, we can go out and have a beer together without hating each other. Trump-style politicians, on the other hand, do everything in their power to delegitimatize or dehumanize their opponents, stoking the fires of hate.

If only we had a strong leader, one able to overcome the illegitimate opposition, then progress can be made. That was the fundamental argument of Mussolini's "Fascist" party, and later Hitler's. It's a morally bankrupt position, as Benito and Adolf shows us. Gridlock often happens in a Democracy. For all that you don't get what you want, because of political gridlock, the more democratic a society, and the more "political" everything is, the more prosperity they enjoy.

Trump's racism is almost childlike in its simplicity, But even here, there's an undercurrent of fascism. Trump describes the Mexicans and Chinese as "clever" people who take advantage of us. Despite his protestations that he likes the Mexicans and Chinese, this comes uncomfortably close to Nazism. Hitler killed Gypsies and Slavs in huge numbers, but the particular hatred he had for Jews was that they were a "clever" people taking advantage of Aryans.

While we reject Trump, we still need to take his positions seriously. What do you call somebody who is stupid, uneducated, crazy, and bigoted? The answer is "voter". Trump knows this, and appeals to these people are just fed up being called stupid, crazy, and bigoted. No, that doesn't mean we enact racist policies that Trump proposes. But it does mean that we take voters seriously, explaining yet again why bigotry matters, rather than simply shrugging them off.

Anyway, this post is trying to just make it clear that I don't support Trump in any way. All the remaining Democrat/Republican candidates in the race are reasonable people that would make adequate presidents, except for Trump. Sure, they all have their downsides, but they are all about average for politicians. The only one that's exceptional and unreasonable is Trump.

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