Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Joseph Heller Imagines Donald Trump


"It was miraculous. It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, impotence into abstinence, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into patriotism, and sadism into justice. Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. It merely required no character."
. . . . . . -- Joseph Heller, Catch 22

2 comments:

jeffrey thurston said...

There are good things about Trump- Number One being that he isn't in the clutches of our Neocon Masters! He likes Putin- again something our Masters won't tolerate. There is that slightest of chances that if elected (a gigantic IF I know) he may turn out to be a truly independent leader- just extricating America from her war-mongering follies would make him great. As far as the Heller quote- all American politicians are innately banal and evil- not just Trump...

Rick said...

I hear Trump say that he is independently wealthy, and therefore is independent of the process of being bought. But on the contrary, he is one of those that buys politicians, and now he's trying to buy the whole political system.