Clippings: “Self-Destructive Behavior” (Aug. 26, 2018)

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“The history of this past century teaches us that when we place our bets on nostalgia
— when we dedicate ourselves to the search for some lost native land, for something pure
— we only pave the way for totalitarianism.”
-Bernard-Henri Lévy

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Self-Destructive Behavior. Are you dizzy from events of the past week?
There may be more to come and here are some articles to put it into perspective:

“The week Trump’s own words caught up with him” at:
https://www.yahoo.com/news/week-trumps-words-caught-163333323.html

“How This Will End” Sooner or later, tyrants are always abandoned by
their followers, at:
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/08/the-end-of-trumps-reign/568480/

“A Mafioso Role Model for Global Autocrats” at:
https://www.pressreader.com/uk/the-guardian-weekly/20180824/281844349485703

“How Far America Has Fallen” at:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/24/opinion/trump-colorado-purple-state.html
(Thanks to Andy Gordon and Richard Adler or sharing this article with me)

Money Matters. The stock market hit new highs last week, but things really
aren’t as good as they seem. See “Trump trillion-dollar-plus deficits are putting America
on a path to fiscal ruin” at:
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/08/20/donald-trump-trillion-dollar-plus-deficits-fiscal-ruin-column/986236002/

See also “Looking Back at the Economic Crash of 2008” at:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/10/books/review/adam-tooze-crashed.html

See also “Trump hasn’t prepared us for the inevitable economic slowdown” at:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-hasnt-prepared-us-for-the-inevitable-economic-slowdown/2018/08/06/2ced1a2a-9991-11e8-8d5e-c6c594024954_story.html?utm_term=.396d70cc45eb

And seniors (like me!) will among those who will pay the price: “Republicans
admit they’ll slash Medicare, Social Security to pay for their tax cuts” at:
https://thinkprogress.org/republicans-voted-tax-bill-cut-medicare-social-security-pay-488a9bcbba7d/

“The Tax-Cut Con Goes On” explains why Social Security and Medicare
are actually on the ballot this November, at:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/23/opinion/obamacare-medicare-social-security-midterms-republicans.html