Donald Trump is an American real estate developer, a very rich man, a reality TV star, and a candidate for the Republican Party nomination for the 2016 presidential election. In fact, for some months, he has been the frontrunner for the Republican Party nomination. He is a horrible person.
The specific evidence that Trump is a horrible person: he is currently using the stump to shop the idea that Muslims should be banned from entering the country. Here’s one of the things that make America great: it’s illegal to discriminate against people because of their religion. (For example, here’s a lengthy description of the prohibition against discrimination in hiring because of religion.) Why is it illegal? Because discriminating against people because of their religion is bad. It is evil.
Trump’s statement has triggered outrage in the United States. You’ll hear people point out that it’s stupid because we have Muslims fighting and dying for America in the US military (15,000 currently serving, according to Wikipedia). You’ll hear people point out that it’s stupid because only the tiniest, tiniest minority of Muslims support terrorism. All of these people are right–but, they’re missing the point. The point is that discriminating against people because of their religion is bad. It is evil. Yes, I’m repeating myself–this bears repeating. I generally keep my politics out of this blog, but I can’t imagine keeping silent about this. It’s wrong to discriminate against Catholics because of their religion. It’s wrong to discriminate against Jews because of their religion. It’s wrong to discriminate against Muslims because of their religion. It’s wrong to discriminate against Mormons because of their religion. It’s wrong, and it’s not American. It never has been, and I hope that it never is.
Zipf’s Law comes up in a discussion of Donald Trump like it does anywhere else. Here are some words from the French Wikipedia article on fascism:
Le fascisme est un système politique autoritaire qui associe populisme, nationalisme7 et totalitarisme8 au nom d’un idéal collectif suprême. À la fois révolutionnaire et conservateur, il s’oppose frontalement à la démocratie parlementaire et à l’État libéral garant des droits individuels9,10.
“Fascism is an authoritarian political system that brings together populism, nationalism, and totalitarianism in the name of an ideal supreme group. Revolutionary and conservative at the same time, it is head-on opposed to parliamentary democracy and to the liberal State that guarantees individual rights.”
- associer: to associate, to combine.
- s’opposer à: to be opposed to, to be against; to oppose, to confront; to be contradictory with each other.