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Ian Buruma en 'het betrekkelijk goedaardige imperialisme uit Washington' 37

American journalism (like the journalism of any other country) is predominantly paltry (armzalig. svh)and worthless. Its pretensions are enormous, but its achievements are insignificant. H. L. Mencken

[I]t is not yet clear who is using whom in Trump’s world. In their obsession with low corporate and personal taxes, and their loathing of organized labor and the federal government, rich donors, such as the brothers Charles and David Koch, or the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, appear to be manipulating Trump, rather than the other way around. In a sense, they, as much as Krupp or Opel (if not more so), represent a type of capitalism that is being untethered from all necessary restraints. This began long before Trump appeared on the scene. The process goes back at least as far as Ronald Reagan’s era of ‘supply-side’ tax cuts and deregulation,
aldus Ian Buruma in zijn column voor Project-Syndicate van 5 december 2017. https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/trump-willing-accomplices-big-…

Notes From Europe’s African Border