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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-02

"[...] it's extremely important, especially right now the United States, that the choices we make are predicated on the notion of some kind of moral choice, a conscious decision of what is right and wrong, and that we not cede our moral authority to the state. Whenever a country has taken this unfortunate turn down a dark road it has happened because individual citizens have yielded to the state their own moral authority. You know, the current president of the United States is not a Nazi. Not remotely. He's not even necessarily a Republican or a Democrat. If anything he's an oligarch. But he has definitely taken a page out of the authoritarian playbook and he's done so very adroitly."

[Interviewer asks, "How so?"]

"Well, you know, this is the steps by which one acquires and consolidates and exercises power are very well known. You know, you appeal to people's anxieties and fears, indeed you stoke those anxieties and those fears and us versus them, you demonize your opponents, you select and create exacerbate scapegoats. These are often racial or religious minorities, very frequently these are immigrant groups. And you promise your followers that you are the only one who can save them, can protect them. The appeals are to nativist and racist impulse. And that's exactly what Donald Trump has done and he's been very very successful."

-- Robert Schenkkan, author of the play, Building the Wall, interviewed on the CBC radio program The Current, 2017-04-21

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