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Historian Heather Cox Richardson on Trump’s Muslim Ban: „It’s a Shock Event“

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Heather Cox Richardson: If people realize they are being played, though, they can reach across old lines and reorganize to challenge the leaders who are pulling the strings. This was Lincoln’s strategy when he joined together Whigs, Democrats, Free-Soilers, anti-Nebraska voters, and nativists into the new Republican Party to stand against the Slave Power. Five years before, such a coalition would have been unimaginable. Members of those groups agreed on very little other than that they wanted all Americans to have equal economic opportunity. Once they began to work together to promote a fair economic system, though, they found much common ground. They ended up rededicating the nation to a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

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bannonHeather Cox Richardson of Boston College is one of my favorite historians.  I highly recommend her most recent book To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party

Today Richardson gave me permission to publish a piece she recently posted to her Facebook page.

Richardson is probably right in assuming that Steve Bannon is behind Trump’s recent Executive Order on Muslim refugees.  She describes what Bannon is doing as a „shock event.“ This is an attempt to throw the country into confusion and chaos so that the administration can present itself as the only entity capable of restoring order.

Richardson explains:

What Bannon is doing, most dramatically with last night’s ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries– is creating what is known as a „shock event.“ Such an event is unexpected and confusing and throws a society into chaos. People scramble to react to the event, usually…

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Momentaufnahme im Hbf. Hamburg: Refugees welcome

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Als ich vorhin gegen 23.15 Uhr nach einem Berlin-Trip im Hamburger Hauptbahnhof ankam, beeindruckte mich das Ausmaß, in dem sich selbst zu nachtschlafender Zeit freiwillige (nehme ich mal an) Helfer um Flüchtlinge kümmerten.
Momentaufnahme im Hauptbahnhof: Hamburg und die Flüchtlinge
Es hingen Schilder aus, unter denen sich Reisende zu Zielländern wie Schweden, Norwegen und Finnland sammeln konnten. Essen war verfügbar, und wohl auch ein Arzt. Es wurde die Information vermittelt, dass Flüchtlinge mit Ausnahme des ICE kein Bahnticket bräuchten. Im ICE sei das Verhandlungssache, darüber müsse mit dem Zugführer gesprochen werden.
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