This is how the powerful have ever kept the powerless divided and in their place, and enriched themselves in the process.
investigation on Tuesday reported that President Trump’s wealth was largely inherited through fraudulent schemes, that he became a millionaire while still a child, and that his fortune persists in spite of his fumbling entrepreneurship, not because of it. The president and his advisers have sought to enrich themselves at taxpayer expense; they have attempted to corrupt federal law-enforcement agencies to protect themselves and their cohorts, and they have exploited the nation’s darkest impulses in the pursuit of profit.
Further reading: The most striking thing about Trump’s mockery of Christine Blasey Ford Even those who believe that Ford fabricated her account, or was mistaken in its details, can see that the president’s mocking of her testimony renders all sexual-assault survivors collateral damage.
Anyone afraid of coming forward, afraid that she would not be believed, can now look to the president to see her fears realized.
It is not just that the perpetrators of this cruelty enjoy it; it is that they enjoy it with one another.
Their shared laughter at the suffering of others is an adhesive that binds them to one another, and to Trump.It makes them feel good, it makes them feel proud, it makes them feel happy, it makes them feel united.And as long as he makes them feel that way, they will let him get away with anything, no matter what it costs them.Written by a selection of renowned academics and practitioners, Man’s Inhumanity to Man offers the reader thought-provoking discussion on the International Criminal Court, the ICTY and International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and other aspects of international criminal justice; on truth commissions and amnesties in the aftermath of armed conflicts; on military humanitarian intervention and the development of human rights protection.Man's inhumanity to man is a phrase that was first written down by the poet Robert Burns in his poem titled Man was made to mourn: A Dirge in 1784.It is that cruelty, and the delight it brings them, that binds his most ardent supporters to him, in shared scorn for those they hate and fear: immigrants, black voters, feminists, and treasonous white men who empathize with any of those who would steal their birthright.The president’s ability to execute that cruelty through word and deed makes them euphoric.As Lili Loofbourow wrote of the Kavanaugh incident in , adolescent male cruelty toward women is a bonding mechanism, a vehicle for intimacy through contempt.The white men in the lynching photos are smiling not merely because of what they have done, but because they have done it together.” The political movement that elected a president who wanted to ban immigration by adherents of an entire religion, who encourages police to brutalize suspects, and who has destroyed thousands of immigrant families for violations of the law less serious than those of which he and his coterie stand accused, now laments the state of due process. It reflects a clear principle: Only the president and his allies, his supporters, and their anointed are entitled to the rights and protections of the law, and if necessary, immunity from it.The rest of us are entitled only to cruelty, by their whim.