Sunday, October 17, 2021

Speaking Of "The Idolatry of Totalism"

As we were:

"I think we make a mistake focusing this all on Donald Trump as though he is -- I don't know, [Marvel comic's] Magneto and some incredible supervillain that has changed the nature and temperature of the United States. He has just been an effective vessel," Stewart replied.

"Again, he is not singing new songs," Stewart continued. "This is something -- he is maybe singing them better than [Barry] Goldwater. But I think it's a mistake to focus it all on this one individual and not to focus it more on the idea that power is its own reward, whether it be in the financial industry or in government. Power doesn't cede itself. Unless we can figure out a better way to balance that power for, you know -- for workers and voters and different groups, we will be vulnerable."

"I don't know that autocracy is purely the domain of Donald Trump," he added.

Totalism is not just a problem of bad theology. 

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