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The Nobel and the Trump


#1

The Nobel and the Trump

Christopher Brauchli

Modesty and unselfishness-these are virtues which men praise-and pass by. — André Maurois, Ariel


#2

Teddy Roosevelt: “Speak softly and carry a big stick.”

Donald Trump: “Tweet loudly and be a limp dick.”


#3

I normally enjoy the writings of Mr. Brauchli, but this is pure crap.
“It is a tribute to the selflessness of Mr. Trump that he was willing to take a principled stand in dealing with North Korea…”. Never thought I would live to see the terms selflessness and principled in a sentence describing Trump, and shouldn’t have now.
If he’s worried about who hasn’t had their nukes inspected, where’s the railing about Israel ?
If Trump receives the Nobel prize, it will only further erode the prestige of the medal.
Mr. Gaddafi was murdered because he had the nerve to switch from the US dollar to the African dinar as trading currency.


#4

Not sure about all that; on Manifest Destiny and The Monroe Doctrine and American Empire in general, both these New York denizen 1%ers are genuine asshats, and probably much worse.
Teddy was just an ignorant and arrogant white man of his day, of course. Trump is, on the other hand, mentally ill.
The Nobel Peace Prize, hands down, should be given to the progressive thinkers and peacemakers of S. Korea. If they pull this off the world will owe them, big time.


#5

Totally agree, but do think that TR was largely a product of his day–a real mixed bag.


#6

The Nobel Peace Prize, hands down, should be given to the progressive thinkers and peacemakers of S. Korea. If they pull this off the world will owe them, big time.

Couple of things to keep in mind:

  1. Alfred Nobel, after whom the “prize” is maned, or rather named, was the Swedish inventor of dynamite, amassing considerable wealth, displayed characteristics of what we today might refer to as unstable, uneducated, opportunistic, depressive - which perhaps explains some idiosyncrasies in the profile
  2. The qualities you describer are included in the “Right Livelihood Award”.

The second notably not named after some guilty conscience hanging onto the profits and seeking to whitewash a legacy to buff the memory to a false shine.