Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Internal Conflicts in Turkey and Erdogan’s Quest for Power

Atarurk Versus Erdogan: Turkey’s Long Struggle
The New Yorker - Elliot Ackerman

Erdo─čan views himself as the father of a new Turkish identity, one aligned more closely with its Ottoman past.

The tension between secularism and religious fundamentalism is as essential to understanding today’s Turkish political life.

Erdogan’s revenge
The Economist

Turkey’s president is destroying the democracy that Turks risked their lives to defend.

Handled more wisely, the failure of the coup might have been the dying kick of Turkey’s militarists. Mr Erdogan could have become the magnanimous unifier of a divided nation, unmuzzling the press, restarting peace talks with Kurds and building lasting, independent institutions. Instead he is falling into paranoid intolerance: more like the Arab despots he claims to despise than the democratic statesman he might have become.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

The hubris also on the side of the Progressives

WSJ - DANIEL HENNINGER - The Trumpen Proletariat

Wonder Land columnist Daniel Henninger says Barack Obama’s presidency of moral condescension has produced an electoral backlash, as seen in the rise of Donald Trump and the “Trumpen proletariat.”

Barack Obama’s presidency of moral condescension has produced an electoral backlash.

Political correctness added something new to the cultural divide: moral condescension.

What has really “angered” so many more millions who now feel drawn into the Trump camp isn’t just PC itself but that its proponents show such relentless moral contempt and superiority toward everyone else. People in America can take a lot, but not that. Marx would have a field day with how progressivism’s cultural elites have reordered social classes between the right-minded and everyone else.