Gilad Atzmon is an Israeli-born British jazz saxophonist, novelist, political activist and writer.

Atzmon's album Exile was BBC jazz album of the year in 2003. Playing over 100 dates a year,[4] he has been called "surely the hardest-gigging man in British jazz." His albums, of which he has recorded nine to date, often explore the music of the Middle East and political themes. He has described himself as a "devoted political artist." He supports the Palestinian right of return and the one-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

His criticisms of Zionism, Jewish identity, and Judaism, as well as his controversial views on The Holocaust and Jewish history have led to allegations of antisemitism from both Zionists and anti-Zionists. A profile in The Guardian in 2009 which described Atzmon as "one of London's finest saxophonists" stated: "It is Atzmon's blunt anti-Zionism rather than his music that has given him an international profile, particularly in the Arab world, where his essays are widely read."

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The Meaning of Trump

The call for a radical social change has been established...

By  Gilad Atzmon

By Gilad Atzmon

The question regarding the meaning of Trump is unlike questions concerning the person of Trump or what the Republican candidates stands for.

The meaning of Trump is that, pretty much, half of the American people say enough is enough. Half of the American people are expressing a total fatigue of the system and their ruling elite.

In the last few weeks we learned that Trump left behind a score of offended women. He was disrespectful and grossly misbehaved, allegedly. This may tell us something about who Trump is; yet the fact that all those embarrassing revelations had zero impact on Trump’s popularity suggests that we are dealing with a force of nature. No one else in modern politics would have survived a fraction of such bad publicity. Trump may be a horrid and disrespectful human being, and yet, he appears to be invincible.

Trump is not as eloquent or as lucid as Hillary Clinton or President Obama but he manages to express in a just a few words the deepest and most profound philosophical ideas and criticisms of Western life. It was Trump who reminded us, once again, that true utopia is in fact nostalgia. Trump’s campaign slogan ‘Make America Great Again’ is probably the most profound existential rejection of the progressive delusional mantra. It is an essentialist  admission that the prospect of a better future is actually rooted in the past, in the soil, in manufacturing and agriculture — pretty much the few things from which Wall Street’s mammonites were happy to divest.

Trump hinted in the last debate that he may challenge the result of the US presidential election if he loses. “I’ll keep you in suspense,” is how he phrased it. Once again, Trump is not a philosophy graduate, yet, he manages to unleash an existential viper into the room.

Secretary Clinton and President Obama were appalled by the man who doesn’t adhere to the great American democratic tradition. They were probably correct. Trump, puts into question the entire American or, more accurately, Western paradigm. Democracy is not sacred to him – it is a means rather than the end.

Like the vast number of his followers, Trump believes that America and its democracy are currently rotten. American democracy is set up to serve its own oligarchy. It conveys the image that the dystopia in which we live is a product of our ‘free (democratic) choice’.

While Clinton and Obama communicate persuasively within the symbolic order, Trump manages to revolutionize the discourse constantly. This is a quality that is usually associated with the artist and the Athenian spirit not with real estate moguls.

But does Trump really mean what he says? Is he genuine or is he playing a game.  No one knows. But far more interesting, no one really cares and it doesn’t really matter. And this is probably the real meaning of Trump.

Donald Trump is merely a vehicle. It doesn’t really matter whether Trump will be the next president or not. The call for a radical social change has been established. It is now becoming aware of itself.


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  1. Basilian  October 25, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Gettysburg speech was great — WOW — where was that all this time? All of that needed to be said so he did do everyone a service. Trump delivered a inspiring moral speech of common sense! WTF I never expected him to transcend hut he did to the degree he could and to the degree that most really needed if they bother to listen. It is amazing that the ONLY problem we all have is the monetary system yet no one can really speak out against it. The intrepid people here are great writers and investigators but it all begins and ends with credit and finance…….

  2. Leno  October 23, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Twenty lead stories a day here on VT, and not one god damned Podesta article.

  3. Mao Cheng Ji  October 23, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    “American democracy is set up to serve its own oligarchy.”

    But that’s always been the case. Well, had been, until recently.

    In my view, the rot isn’t in serving its own oligarchy, but rather in serving the GLOBAL oligarchy, at the expense of the national one. At the expense of national EVERYTHING. The national oligarchy at least has some common interest with the nation’s population; it needs its ‘host’, its own nation, to prosper somewhat. You shear your own sheep – you need them to be healthy, you take care of them.

    Global neoliberalism (neoliberal globalism?) changes that: now you’re sending your capital across the world; you ship factories to China, get row materials from Russia, sell in the US and Europe, and you can’t care less about the consequences to any of these places. After all, tomorrow you’ll be producing in Bulgaria and selling – I dunno – in Brazil, who cares.

    That (imo) is the problem that Trump’s revolt is addressing. If he wins and follows through, that could actually SAVE American democracy.

  4. Edward Longshanks  October 23, 2016 at 5:02 am

    The story is easy. Still in my youth (some 40 years ago) there was the fairy tale of a rich uncle in the US who’s coming back to free us from poverty.
    But the fairy tale did not told the story of the millions of poor uncles, lying dead at the frontiers. As Mr. Atzmon quoted it very shortly with “Wall Street’s mammonites”, the dance around the golden calf in the bible, it is a question of awareness. When somebody got 4 Rolls Royce in front of his villa, got an own airplane, a big yacht, 5 one pound steaks a day, Haute Couture clothes, more money than he can a greedy pig can eat, money loses its sense. A big enterpriser uses money for his enterprise to produce food, furnitures, cars, planes. A wall-street hyena produces nothing, (but destroys), except profits without to work. Don’t you think, that Mr. Trump is not clever enough to know it? Is the wall between the States and Mexico not a more powerful symbol than to debate the deportation of indio slave-workers from Mexico into the US to convince the US Citizen?

  5. Edward Longshanks  October 23, 2016 at 3:24 am

    The example of the the Arab Spring by Mr. Aziz Khalfan is fine. As Peter Scholl-Latour mentioned about the Arab Spring, “you start a revolution with rogues and not with facebook-friends”.
    The last “rogue” in white House with intreaguing energy against the “establishment” was JFK, but is was too kind to survive. In this case the advantage is that Mr. Trump does not define anything from his intentions, and he knows all his enemies very well.

  6. kaho  October 22, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Vladimir Ivanovich Shalack, doctor of philosophical sciences, must be a genius !
    Just listen to what he has to say about the tricky strategies that the US campaign managers put to work behind the scenes :

    Shalack is a leading expert of «content-analytical studies».

    • Edward Longshanks  October 23, 2016 at 4:40 am

      The established mechanics of intellgence and media (hundreds of years’ development) to manipulate the consumer do not work anymore so perfectly. Every day the impact of reactance is growing. Fortunately the political navigators have no idea sailing the ship against these stormy winds of awareness.

  7. Leno  October 22, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Trump sniff compilation from the second debate.

  8. SweetLove  October 22, 2016 at 4:18 am

    I agree with your analysis.

  9. Dbooger  October 22, 2016 at 3:20 am

    Well said, however being familiar with the incidents surrounding the Clinton / Bush crime cabal, it would be remarkable if Trump would make the inauguration in one piece.

  10. Psychopath  October 22, 2016 at 1:21 am

    The problem lies with Americans and the rest of the world is sick of it. Their whole existence is all about The Self and their personal enjoyment. Anything which could upset that, or contradict it is rejected. The false paradigm they inhabit is jealousy guarded against any unwarranted intrusion. Its only when it comes knocking at their door that they may awaken. And not even then – where are the 911 70k cancer victims? Doing nothing! just playing along with the Matrix because the truth is just too uncomfortable. Americans are so pathetic, perhaps its because they were Europe’s rejects, perhaps it was the brainwashing, perhaps because they interbread with Native Americans who knows? Got nice teeth though…

  11. Aziz Khalfan  October 22, 2016 at 12:16 am

    I support the Trump phenomena as I would have supported Spartacus in his quest for freedom from tyranny.

    Here we have a brave man despite his warts who dares to defy the rotten standing order.

    Were he to disappear today, the hunger for a better world he has aroused among multitudes worldwide will rage like a massive inferno to burn down the last vestiges of the system of iniquity prevailing today.

    The Trump phenomena is the American Arab Spring and better get used to it. Tyrants of all stripes will get the whip on their butts.

  12. kaho  October 21, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    I don’t know if Hillary will be a better president than Obama. (though anything is possible)
    But Gilad’s thought gives hope!

    Somehow Trump seems like more fun, and no one has really explained why Trump would be more dangerous than Hillary. Eric Zuesse says it’s the other way around.

  13. wjabbe  October 21, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Remember the film “Roger and Me”? Remember the Ford Pinto gas tank problem back in the 1970’s? Even the “great engineering” of Chrysler went down in the 1970’s. The late Edward Deming Ph.D., mathematical physicist and industrial engineering quality control expert tried to convince the Big Three but none would listen to his wisdom. Ross Perot was even on the Board of GM and couldn’t get anything done and he is the one who admonished “we must clean out the barn in DC” in 1992. But Japan did listen to Dr. Deming. He was awarded the highest civilian award Japan gives to any citizen. The rest is history. All the big three should have been shut down long ago. They did not learn their lesson to this day and still should be shut down. America cannot be great again. Henry Ford died in 1947. Watch the video of his funeral where he had to be carried to his final resting place in a 1941 Packard Hearst because no Lincoln Hearst could be found in Detroit! People lined the road as far as the eye could see.

    • wjabbe  October 21, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      “For a successful technology reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.” Richard Feynman, Ph..D., Professor of Physics Cal Tech and Nobel Prize winner, the last sentence in the appendix to the Challenger Disaster Report in 1986 where all members of the crew of the Space Shuttle were killed due to total criminal negligence of the political hacks in charge who should have all have been prosecuted for manslaughter and murder beginning with Reagan on down. Roger Boisjoly was a top mechanical engineer who graduated from the University of Massachusetts a top school. He had been studying the failures of the rubber o rings in this space shuttle and warned them not to fly because it was being used outside of the temperature test ranges of these rubber o rings which lost their ability to seal because of the cold temperatures. They became brittle. He refused to authorize the flight for Morton Thyocol but was overruled by political hacks there and NASA. He cried later when relating this story to a friend because all the crew died in vain for nothing. He knew they were going to die but he was powerless to prevent it against totally corrupt lying political hacks who wanted to risk these good lives for a political stunt for cheap selfish political gain. No, American can never be great again. Americans are mentally impaired slow learners without a conscience.

    • wjabbe  October 22, 2016 at 2:42 am

      The former Chief Engineer for Ford was interviewed once about the Pinto gas tank problem. He disclosed they had told management exactly what was the cause and it was about a $5.00 cost to repair the problem. Rather than pay the $5.00 per car to make it safe, the totally selfish and corrupt management chose to pay lying lawyers instead to get them off the hook when people were injured or died when rear ended by these unsafe vehicles. This was the arrogant selfish and stupid attitude of management who, like a military system, overruled the line engineers who should be solely empowered to make such decisions. Management up to the president should have been held criminally liable for damages and sent to jail for life and not have been permitted to buy their way out of this problem they caused. Of course this happened after Henry was gone. Henry was very tough and stubborn but he would not have permitted this unconscionable decision to be made. This is just one of many reasons why these despicable auto companies should have been permitted to die the death in the marketplace they deserved. Today they are moving manufacturing to Mexico and other countries betraying all the good workers who built the company in the first place. This is disgraceful. No, America is a dying country today having betrayed all its original values. It peaked long ago and is now going straight down the drain.

    • wjabbe  October 22, 2016 at 2:53 am

      Nothing Trump or anyone else can do will return America to its former glory. Those days are gone forever. The end of America could arrive at any instant and when it does it will not be pretty or pleasant. America is broke, bankrupt morally and fiscally. Frankly most ignorant, selfish, arrogant and insolent Americans deserve their impending plight into oblivion. Stupid Americans care more about getting the fancy new car down to the car wash on Saturday morning or having the green lawn poisoned with Round Up which their kids and they trample into their homes and later cause cancer and other horrible diseases, rather than saving their dying country. Ignorance is bliss for Americans today. The more “higher” education they receive, the dumber Americans become.

    • Edward Longshanks  October 23, 2016 at 2:52 am

      I see no historical glory, only blood floating…

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