Trump´s storm on Capitol Hill , the coming escalation and the Paradox of Tolerance
Yesterday´s discussion at Markus Lanz in the ZDF and other comments in the mainstream media really focused on the topic if Trump was responsible for the storm on the capitol, if the impeachment was realistic, could split the USA or if it should be allowed that Twitter and Facebook could kick Trump out from its platform which became more a discussion about the freedom of speech and the power of social media giants, but about the actual situation that Trump tried a failed coup d´etat and prepares for the next escalation.
The FBI warns of „armed protests“ in the capitals of the states and in Washington at Biden’s inauguration as Trump supporters would already mobilize. What a euphemism. Why not just call it terrorism and wage another decisive War on Terror? The reason is quite simple: It’s domestic, they fear the second American civil war and it’s not just a „small minority of extremists“ as Joe Biden proclaims, but also Trump, Trumpists, the Tea Party movement, Gingriches, Altright, so-called legalist conservatives Revolutionaries, neocons, broad sections of the Republicans and also the population who act as active sympathizers of the whole thing and drive it forward, yes, even still don`t recognize Biden’s election victory , but simply assert themselves as the sole power and want a 1 party system in the USA.
When last year Trump-supporting militias wanted to kidnap the Gouverneur of Michigan and wanted to execute her,which was prevented by the FBI, it was seen as the act of a small minority and not as a role model of what could and will come. Interesting Detail: The Joint Chief of Staff, Milley and high-ranking USgenerals wrote now an open letter that they will support and protect not individuals, but the constitution. Maybe If the police and the national guard are not enough, the military will have to intervene. However, Trump has also supporters in the police, the National Guard and the Military. Also interesting to see that Pompeo’s Foreign Ministery published on its website that Trump’s term was over. At the same time, Pompeo claims that Iran and Al Qaida would have a cooperation. Maybe there could be an alleged Islamist attack on the USA which then will the pretext for a war with Iran. And then most Americans might rally around the flag, also the military. It remains to be seen how things will develop, but the potential trigger for a new US war is laid by Pompeo and he might also have ambitions to replace Trump as a candidate in 2024. But as dynamic and chaotic things are, it is really hard to make a prognosis of the coming future except that it will be even more chaotic and that Biden´s dreams of reconciliation will go down under.
However, to all these liberal advocates of tolerance, let´s remember what the godfather of liberalism Karl Popper said about the paradox of tolerance.
„Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them—In this formulation, I do not imply, for instance, that we should always suppress the utterance of intolerant philosophies; as long as we can counter them by rational argument and keep them in check by public opinion, suppression would certainly be most unwise. But we should claim the right to suppress them if necessary even by force; for it may easily turn out that they are not prepared to meet us on the level of rational argument, but begin by denouncing all argument; they may forbid their followers to listen to rational argument, because it is deceptive, and teach them to answer arguments by the use of their fists or pistols. We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant.“
With Trump, the ultima ratio of tolerance has already been exceeded by far. Instead of a minority identarian Black Live Matters movement, the Democrats should now also initiate a majority Democracy Matters movement and arm themselves for self-protection if the security organs, some of which are on Trump’s side, do not protect them or want to deliver more, as was also evident at Capitol Hill. But only hoping for Joe Biden, his presidency, mobilizing in the old 4-year cycle for elections and then demobilizing the remaining time, is the recipe for failure: One has to understand that Trump´s success is that he is mobilizing all the time, doesn´t know the old bureaucratic cycle of mobilizing before the elections and then demobilizing and be silent for the next 4 years. He wants an all war mobilization all the time and therefore the Democratic and the Republican party apparatus is not accustomed to this sort of policy,. Government and Democracy Matters movement, which also includes a selfdefending democracy and, if necessary, an armed protection force in addition to the hoped-for state apparatus n opposite to Trump’s militias and Proud Boys and this would be a conceivable option, especially since the USA, unlike Germany, is already highly armed. Let the Proud boys lose their pride! But it is questionable whether such a bureaucratic party apparatus is interested in such grassroots and if doesn´t fear that things get out of their control.. Trump broke this sobriety of the bureaucratic system of both parties in favor of the Republicans when he seized the Republican Party by means of his entryism as a fascist or envisaged by Trotzky. A social democrat like Bernie Sanders was far too humanistic to assert himself against Hillary Clinton and Trump. In any case, it is clear that Biden will not only be able to rely on his party apparatus, the government executive and the security apparatus alone if he is willing to let Trump’s next onslaught persist. Not defensive, peacefulness and reconciliation are required, but counter-offensive, offensive and victory.