This 100-year-old essay holds clues for defeating Trump

Yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of the most important political essay of the 20th century, Politics As A Vocation, by German sociologist and legal theorist Max Weber.

The essay includes a topical lesson for Americans as candidates announce their plans to take on US President Donald Trump in the 2020 election: Politics isn't the realm of pure, absolute moral conscience, where everything can be described as right or wrong, black or white.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 30, 2019, with the headline 'This 100-year-old essay holds clues for defeating Trump'. Print Edition | Subscribe