Agressions, echoes and actual February 2, 2017Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Talking to a friend on the left recently and discussing Michael McDowell they made the point that he was writing some more than half-good stuff these days in relation to Brexit and Trump and asked ‘what is he up to?’. Who knows, who can tell? But in a piece this weekend on Trump he is particularly good.
…is there not also something very redolent of the 1938 German bullying of the Czechoslovakian president, Emil Hacha, in last week’s shocking attempt to force the president of Mexico to come to Washington, to have the cost of building Trump’s wall imposed as dome kind of economic reparation on the poor people of Mexico?
Why on earth should the Mexican people or state pay for Trump’s wall? in moral terms, the idea is an outrage. Is it because those who live in comparative poverty must pay reparations for the fact that others have fled property by becoming illegals working the US? or is it revenge for US job losses to Mexico by reason of NAFTA?
How would imposing a 20% import tax on Mexican goods to pay for the wall not result in the price being paid by US citizens – depending on price elasticity of demand on those goods?
Is it because the Mexicans are collectively guilty as a people of damaging the US, in the same sense as when at Kristallnacht in 19348 the tiny 1 percent Jewish German population were forced by the Nazis to pay reparations for the assassination of a German diplomat in Paris by a young and desperate Jew, Herschel Grynszpan?’
It struck me at the time just how odd it was that Trump was attempting to have the costs of a wall with another state covered by that state? There’s a massive paradox at its heart too. If a state isn’t a state unless it has border controls surely the onus is on the state itself to enforce them, not to coerce others to do so. And that is what is taking place here – a blatant coercion, an aggression actually.
McDowell asks why Canada hasn’t protested this, or the EU (actually that body kind of has), or other states (one cannot expect the UK to do so any longer – they’re not at the races). But perhaps the truth is that this week saw the transition from rhetoric to reality. This Presidency isn’t like other Presidencies.