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美国正在边境虐待儿童(漫画)

The U.S. government is, as a matter of policy, literally ripping children from the arms of their parents and putting them in fenced enclosures (which officials insist aren’t cages, oh no). The U.S. president is demanding that law enforcement stop investigating his associates and go after his political enemies instead. He has been insulting democratic allies while praising murderous dictators. And a global trade war seems increasingly likely.

What do these stories have in common? Obviously they’re all tied to the character of the man occupying the White House, surely the worst human being ever to hold his position. But there’s also a larger context, and it’s not just about Donald Trump. What we’re witnessing is a systematic rejection of longstanding American values — the values that actually made America great.

America has long been a powerful nation. In particular, we emerged from World War II with a level of both economic and military dominance not seen since the heyday of ancient Rome. But our role in the world was always about more than money and guns. It was also about ideals: America stood for something larger than itself — for freedom, human rights and the rule of law as universal principles.

Of course, we often fell short of those ideals. But the ideals were real, and mattered. Many nations have pursued racist policies; but when the Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal wrote his 1944 book about our “Negro problem,” he called it “An American Dilemma,” because he viewed us as a nation whose civilization had a “flavor of enlightenment” and whose citizens were aware at some level that our treatment of blacks was at odds with our principles.

作为一项政策,美国政府将儿童从父母的怀里撕下,放在围栏内(官员坚持不是笼子,不是)。美国总统要求执法机构停止调查他的同事,并追究他的政治敌人。他一边赞扬杀人的独裁者一边侮辱民主盟友。全球贸易战似乎越来越可能。

这些故事有什么共同之处?显然,他们都与占领白宫的人物性格挂钩,肯定是有史以来最糟糕的人选。但也有一个更大的背景,并不仅仅是唐纳德特朗普。我们目睹的是对美国长期价值观的系统拒绝 - 这些价值实际上使美国变得美好。

美国一直是一个强大的国家。特别是,我们从第二次世界大战中脱颖而出,具有古罗马鼎盛时期以来所没有的经济和军事优势。但是,我们在世界上的角色永远不仅仅是金钱和枪支。这也与理想有关:美国主张比自己更大的东西 - 自由,人权和法治作为普遍原则。

当然,我们经常没有达到这些理想。但理想是真实的,并且很重要。许多国家追求种族主义政策;但是当瑞典经济学家贡纳尔米达尔在1944年撰写关于我们的“黑人问题”的书时,他称之为“美国的困境”,因为他把我们看作是一个文明具有“开悟味道”的国家,我们对待黑人的态度与我们的原则不符。

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doug Mills/The New York Times

特朗普政府颁布的新移民政策正在把移民家庭的孩子从他们父母的身边带走,关进封闭的营地。


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