Why nihilism is worse than hypocrisy

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate in Detroit

Donald Trump (Reuters)

Donald Trump’s assertions that he would require American military officers to practice torture and other war crimes stirred up a strong backlash, and he backed down.

Others point out that the U.S. government has long been doing things that Trump is only talking about.

That’s true, but I still think indignation is justified.  Advocating crimes against humanity is just as bad, and in some ways worse, than practicing crimes against humanity.

It is better to be a hypocrite than a nihilist.  The hypocrite, even if lying to others or to self, has a road back to human decency.  The frankly sociopathic nihilist has burned his bridges.


Donald Duce by Rod Dreher for The American Conservative.

Conservative Populism is Divided Against Itself by Pete Spiliakos for First Things.

The Problem with the “Never Trump” Movement by John Cassidy for The New Yorker.

Andrew Bacevich, Donald Trump and the Remaking of America on TomDispatch.

Blowback: Donald Trump is the Price We Pay for the “War on Terror” by Mike Lofgren for Truthout.

The Phony Torture Debate by Sam Husseini for the Los Angeles Progressive.

The rise of American authoritarianism by Amanda Taub for Vox.

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