There has been at least one salutary consequence of the rise of Donald Trump: a spike in sales of George Orwell’s 1984.
The book remains the classic statement of the totalitarian menace that haunted the last century. But does it pertain directly to the present?
Nearly a thousand years ago, Christianity split into the Western (Catholic) and the Eastern (Orthodox) churches. The final quarrel revolved around one word, filioque (meaning “and the son”) in the Nicene Creed: whether the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son (the Catholic version), or from the Father alone (the Orthodox version).
When it comes to Donald Trump’s victory, I was either shocked but not surprised, or surprised but not shocked.
Ever since Trump made a totally scurrilous attack on John McCain without any apparent impact on his standing among Republicans, I concluded that Trump would not quickly or easily be forced out or fade away. That was more than a year and a half ago.
Rod Morrison is Halifax’s leading ships’ agent, responsible for most of the container and freight traffic that comes into the Port of Halifax. And also a member of the gang that congregates at lunchtime at the Officers Mess at Royal Artillery Park, just across the street from the Citadel.
This time last year, I foresaw a possible confrontation between Justin as PM and Trump as President: one a paragon of diversity and gender equity; the other a fierce critic of globalism and apostle of white identity.
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