Historian of the Left

An Empty Gesture of Resistance

An op-ed published in The New York Times by an anonymous official in the Trump Administration makes the extraordinary claim that a resistance group has formed inside the White House. Its author dons the mantle of resistance and draws moral legitimacy from it. Heroic gestures, such as written protests or public demonstrations, seek to change the public narrative somehow. They convey risk, self-sacrifice, and integrity. Gestures of resistance are speech acts that typically defy the laws, norms, and behavioral codes of the established regime. But just what kind of resistance testimonial is this? If you wonder what the infamous op-ed, Martin Luther, Carl von Clausewitz, and the 20 July 1944 plot against Hitler possibly have to do with each other, then read on here at Age of Revolutions.