The New York Times’da mümkün olduğunca takip etmeye çalıştığım köşe yazarı Ross Douthat’ın tavsiyesiyle, ünlü Fransız yazar Michel Houellebecq’in Trump hakkında bir yazısına denk geldim. Houellebecq, bir Avrupalının gözünden Amerika başkanı Donald Trump’ı değerlendiriyor. Sade ve güzel yazılmış bir yazı. Sanırım ben de yazsam bunları yazmak isterdim.
“Middling Houellebecq, not the height of his powers, currently being misread by idiots, still pretty good” – Ross Douthat
Enormous progress was made under Obama. Maybe he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize a little too soon; but as far as I’m concerned, he truly earned it later, on the day when he refused to back Francois Hollande’s proposed attack on Syria. Obama’s attempts at racial reconciliation were less successful, and I don’t know your country well enough to understand exactly why; all I can do is regret the fact. But at the very least, Obama can be congratulated for not adding Syria to the long list (Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and others I’m no doubt forgetting) of Muslim lands where the West has committed atrocities.Click here to view original web page at harpers.or
Trump is pursuing and amplifying the policy of disengagement initiated by Obama; this is very good news for the rest of the world.
But what’s most remarkable about the new American policies is certainly the country’s position on trade, and there Trump has been like a healthy breath of fresh air; you’ve really done well to elect a president with origins in what is called “civil society.”
The Americans are getting off our backs.
The Americans are letting us exist.
The Americans have stopped trying to spread democracy to the four corners of the globe.
Unlike free-market liberals (who are, in their way, as fanatical as communists), President Trump doesn’t consider global free trade the be-all and end-all of human progress. When free trade favors American interests, President Trump is in favor of free trade; in the contrary case, he finds old-fashioned protectionist measures entirely appropriate.
President Trump doesn’t like the European Union; he thinks we don’t have a lot in common, especially not “values”; and I call this fortunate, because, what values? “Human rights”? Seriously? He’d rather negotiate directly with individual countries, and I believe this would actually be preferable; I don’t think that strength necessarily proceeds from union. It’s my belief that we in Europe have neither a common language, nor common values, nor common interests, that, in a word, Europe doesn’t exist, and that it will never constitute a people or support a possible democracy (see the etymology of the term), simply because it doesn’t want to constitute a people. In short, Europe is just a dumb idea that has gradually turned into a bad dream, from which we shall eventually wake up. And in his hopes for a “United States of Europe,” an obvious reference to the United States, Victor Hugo only gave further proof of his grandiloquence and his stupidity; it always does me a bit of good to criticize Victor Hugo.
New York Times’ın dindar gay yazarı Ross Douthat’ı beğenerek takip ediyorum demiştim.