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Rhetorical Aftershocks of Trump’s Ascendency: Salvation by Demolition and Deal Making

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Retoryczne trzęsienie ziemi po objęciu prezydentury przez Donalda Trumpa: zbawienie poprzez burzenie i układy
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This essay offers an early assessment, after the fi rst 100 days, of Donald Trump’s bewildering ascendency to the US presidency. It examines his apocalyptic rhetoric as a spectacle of salvation by demolition and deal making, a polarizing and demonizing politics that trades in deception and distraction. The spectacle, whether it is a means to an end or an end in itself, functions to distort democratic politics and to displace public dissent over the negative impact of economic globalization. The question raised is whether and how dissent might be channeled more constructively through a narrative of fairness that balances interests equitably and deliberates policy options credibly.
Esej przedstawia wczesną ocenę po pierwszych stu dniach od zdumiewającego objęcia urzędu prezydenta USA przez Donalda Trumpa. Autor analizuje apokaliptyczną retorykę Trumpa jako spektakl zbawienia przez burzenie i zawieranie układów, polaryzującą i demonizującą politykę, realizowaną przez oszustwo i rozpraszanie uwagi. Spektakl ten, niezależnie od tego, czy jest środkiem do celu, czy celem samym w sobie, zniekształca politykę demokratyczną i wypiera publiczny sprzeciw wobec negatywnego wpływu globalizacji. Powstaje pytanie, czy i w jaki sposób sprzeciw może być bardziej konstruktywny poprzez wykorzystanie narracji sprawiedliwości, która równoważy interesy i rozważa w sposób wiarygodny opcje działań politycznych.
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