The Existential Vote: A Socially-Distanced Post on the 2020 U.S. Election

I. No Way Out

“Then, I have an Article II, where I have to the right to do whatever I want as president… But I don’t even talk about that.” — Donald Trump, 24th July 2019

Photo: Barack Obama, Donald J. Trump and Joseph R. Biden at the 2017 Presidential Inauguration. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

II. Pandemic and the Epistemic

“They know that their statements are empty and contestable; but it amuses them to make such statements: it is their adversary whose duty it is to choose his words seriously because he believes in words… by putting forth ridiculous reasons, they discredit the seriousness of their interlocutor… because for them it is not a question of persuading by good arguing but of intimidating or disorienting.” — Jean-Paul Sartre, ‘Anti-Semite and Jew’ (1944)

Photo: Biden 2020 yard signs and Trump 2020 yard signs in Ohio. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Continued in Part II



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