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Trump macht Amerika zum Schurkenstaat

NEW YORK – Donald Trump hat eine Handgranate in die globale Wirtschaftsarchitektur geworfen, die in den Jahren nach Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs so sorgsam errichtet wurde. Der Versuch einer Zerstörung dieses regelgestützten System globaler Steuerung – der sich nun im Rückzug der USA aus dem Pariser Klimaabkommen von 2015 durch Trump manifestiert hat –, ist nur der letzte Aspekt des Angriffs des US-Präsidenten auf unser grundlegendes Werte- und Institutionssystem.

Die Welt ist nur langsam dabei, die Bösartigkeit der Agenda der Trump-Regierung voll zu realisieren. Trump und seine Spießgesellen attackieren die US-Presse – eine für die Bewahrung der Freiheiten und Rechte der Amerikaner und der amerikanischen Demokratie unverzichtbare Institution – als „Feind des Volkes“. Sie versuchen, die Grundlagen unserer Erkenntnisse und Meinungen – unsere Epistemologie – zu untergraben, indem sie alles, was ihre Ziele und Argumente hinterfragt, als „fake“ bezeichnen und sogar wissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse verwerfen. Trumps verlogene Rechtfertigungen für den Austritt aus dem Pariser Klimaabkommen sind hierfür nur der jüngste Beleg.

Bis Mitte des 18. Jahrhunderts stagnierte der Lebensstandard für tausende von Jahren. Es war die Aufklärung, die, indem sie sich einen vernunftgestützten Diskurs und wissenschaftliche Fragestellungen zu eigen machte, die enormen Verbesserungen beim Lebensstandard in den sich anschließenden zweieinhalb Jahrhunderten ermöglichten.

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