If Trump and many of his followers do not think the arts and humanities—and yes, the intellectuals who often support them—are important for us, for our national wellbeing, they are wrong.
Walter Moss: Since Donald Trump has become the presence we can no longer ignore, writers have discovered all sorts of literary works that seem to have presaged his bursting upon us.
Walter Moss: To regain their dominance with U. S. voters they [Democrats] need to craft a new, imaginative, unifying American Dream.
Walter Moss: Values that he had consistently emphasized before—optimism, empathy, tolerance, and rationality—he stressed again.
Walter Moss: The crude emergence during the last year of Donald Trump from just another glitzy celebrity to now the most powerful person in our country (and Time’s person of the year) represents a victory (temporary, I hope) of the dark Vegas-Strip aspect of our culture over the more noble, progressive National-Parks side.
Walter Moss: Liberals and intellectuals who have underrated Trump’s political skills have often done so for the same reason Hitler was often dismissed by cultured people.
Walter Moss: What is especially appealing about Sanders’ phrasing is his clear recognition that on some issues there can be no compromise, and global warming is one of them.
Walter Moss: Much of Trump’s appeal, just as with Hitler’s, was that he was perceived as someone different than the traditional politicians, as someone who would take bold actions and speak up for ordinary people.
Walter Moss: Although Trump has recently said that he is open-minded about climate change, during his campaign he declared global warming and climate change a “hoax,” promising to stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to U.N. global warming programs.
Walter Moss: When a few weeks ago I read that Trump said he had no heroes, I thought how appropriate it was for such a narcissistic individual because who could be greater than he? The rest of us, however, who realize that we are far from perfect, need our heroes.
Walter Moss: Even before Trump emerged as the Republican Party’s candidate for the 2016 election, that party shamed itself by its hostility to global-warming evidence.
Walter Moss: By the early twentieth century, nine western European countries controlled over four-fifths of the earth’s lands. Besides Belgian policies in the Congo, other European actions like those of the French in Indochina caused great suffering.
Walter Moss: As the horrors continue, traditional diplomatic talks have done little good. What then can be done? Although there are no easy answers, the example of Gandhi in Calcutta in August and September 1947 keeps coming back to me.