[__24 January 2017, statement in German by Joachim Endemann
translated by Kirsten Grunau.__]
From my point of view this speech is to be seen against the backdrop of the following quotation which might also clarify that there has been a long tradition having offered and offering the back cloth to such figures, for Donald Trump is merely their continuation, brought to the boil.
And _in this respect_ I do understand all that fuss by the representatives of the German elite, however, not because that fuss were justified, for it simply is not, as these representatives themselves are part of that
tradition, and apparently additionally, still significantly stamped by the Wilhelminism as they have been displaying ever since the end of the Cold War with an ever-increasing tendency
(__even though enriched by a certain dadaist-surreal component adjusted to the very era__).
A look at the date of the quotation below, respectively dated to 1931 is worthwhile. This quotation can be found in the book Tragic America by Theodore Dreiser:
The deep trouble with America to-day is that the gifted and strong individual, however self-centred and selfish and wholly unsocial, is supposed, nevertheless, to remain uncurbed because he is part of a presumably wholly social state which was organized to guarantee the right of equal opportunity for all. But equal opportunity for all cannot possibly and by the very same phrase mean unlimited licence for the cunning and the greedy who take advantage of that equal opportunity to establish special or, in other words, unlimited individual privileges, and the power that goes with the same, the while the remaining ninety to ninety-five per cent, of the citizens of this land trudge in comparative want. […]
The end is almost here and now. For we have proceeded from the original point where one shrewd individual could gather many millions, and even hundreds of million, of dollars, to himself, and reinvest and direct it, to the further point where to-day not he alone but others like him join with him to form and control banks, trade, corporations and the like, through which (and without nearly as much trouble to themselves as formerly) they now direct the Government itself. For what else is heard to-day, Congress or out, in the states or their cities and towns […]? These now, through their combined means – the politicians, police, courts, lawyers, and what not whom they employ and direct – are now able to safeguard not only their combined millions or billions, but to add to them and more, in so doing, legally or illegally, but always with Government sanction, you will note, use the same not only to destroy all competition but to compel the Government or people under whose eye and by whose ignorance or indifference or both, they have grown to such great strength, to help them so to do. […]
Source: Theodore Dreiser, Tragic America, first published by Constable and Company Ltd., London, 1932 (Copyright by Theodore Dreiser, 1931), pages 14-15.
And this quotation dated to 1931 now be consorted to the following one, taken from the transcript of Donald Trump’s inaugural speech, as both of them denominate the socio-political status quo
— and it actually should be surprising how it could be possible and obviously still is possible that those elites
(__whether in the USA, or, in the same way, if not even worse, that elite that determines German politics__)
, who want to tell others what the world looks like and who demand not only the own society with its economy, but, if possible the entire world to be organised according to their provisions, that those elites have remained so completely ignorant towards the actual conditions
(__as described in both quotations__)
and, if it was their will, would definitely remain as they are.
[…] For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered, but the jobs left, and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs. And while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. […]
What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. […]
But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. […]
One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind. The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world. […]
We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. […]
The first quotation is by a socialist, the latter one by a republican who is said to even show fascist tendencies. It remains to be seen what is true about that and what is not, for I give the Americans credit for freeing themselves of any potential attempts, if and when necessary.
Well, the elements quoted from Donald Trump’s speech would definitely not have passed a Mrs Clinton’s lips. Which then also clearly shows whose side all those ones take, as they had not found
(__and convincingly said!__)
any appropriately strident words for an intolerable societal status quo of a society that considers itself as a democracy
_b u t_
they have remained convinced
(__and apparently want to remain convinced__)
, that only “stupid” Americans could have voted respectively voted for Donald Trump.
That means that those elites eventually are responsible for Donald Trump’s victory!
* * *
In contrast to others, to me Donald Trump is a challenge rather than a threat.
— And this is where the trouble starts
, for I see no relevant party whatsoever, neither in Germany nor in Europe do I see any relevant political commanding staff, that I would consider as sufficiently trustworthy to turn the current socio-political development towards what could be a democratic perspective for the masses,
That is substantial participation
in the societal development process.
From my point of view this situation is crucially linked with the elites of the neoliberal key nations being under the delusion in according patterns of thoughts and either they do not want to or they intellectually are not able to develop a concept of action that is out-of-the-box and beyond those patterns of thought, let alone implementing this concept
— as they are so stuck.
And this although Donald Trump would be the ultimate call to do so and now there seems to be a global sensitisation in the mass of the population to implement such a concept of action
— what the concept I have developed in my writings serves best for.
From my point of view the fact that especially the German elite obviously does not want to do so is clearly linked to them being
_s t u c k_
in the old Wilhelminist dream to trim the world in a “(neo-)”Wilhelminist way, just as their thought leaders and speech leaders have been trying in Europe for years
— in the same just as hypocritical as self-damaging way,
thus, eventually as failing as ever.
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_y o u_
ask for reasons and proofs for my claim, particularly with regard to the German elite? Well, you know, in contrast to others, who know right away where the snag is, my claims are not built on sand but well-founded. You will find plenty of those reasons and proofs in my writings, that is in my statements (__here on this website but mostly__) in German on NetzKolumnist.com and in my books which currently — unfortunately — are only available in German … (__for an insight into the envisaged English version__).
© Joachim Endemann (__EndemannVerlag; translated by Kirsten Grunau__)