Some people say Arendt’s concept of totalitarianism doesn’t apply to Trump. Maybe not. But Trump is comparable to other modern dictators (i.e., Erdogan, Putin, Duterte, etc.). Mussolini is an obvious model for Trump.
As Jimmy Breslin once described Rudy Giuliani: “A small man in search of a balcony.”
When the economic and cultural conditions underpinning masculine domination decay, one winds up with Trump.
Reading and writing occur in a place of silence, of solitude. What refuses to be silent is the mass media, which profits from giving a platform to extremist politics.
Calvin’s doctrine of predestination demonstrated more theological courage than Luther, whose sola fide is merely a continuation of the Church’s “magical means of salvation” by other means (as per Weber).
Luther is a hero only if one skips over the antisemitism.