An American Despot
People with faith in America’s ability to resist Donald Trump haven’t been paying attention
In the first week of the 45th presidency, the following things happened:
Trump has the luxury of having no plan, no long game, no details to get bogged down in, alternate scenarios, compromises to be made, extenuating circumstances to wrestle with….
It’s hardly genius… it’s just bouncing from one days events to the next, no follow through required.
Yesterday, I wrote a response to the above piece. In answer, I presented a negative prospectus for Trump. But I didn’t specifically address the optimism in Mr. Lessig’s piece. He is not alone in hoping for a silver lining in this cloud. A writer in The Nation, Patrick Lawrence, also voiced some optimism on Trump— specifically regarding normalization…
I think that your ascribing Trump as genius could only be framed within the context of American politics and society. Unfortunately Mr. Trump has to come up against China. Now China really is genius. While we bankrupt ourselves and build the wall and institute an anti-globalization, pro-American stance in our economic policy that will lower the GDP…
First, Americans don’t hate corruption. We as a rule hate corruption that disadvantages us. But unfortunately most corruption disadvantages us and advantages those who control capital.
Trump’s interests — as indicated by his cabinet — are consistent with a global plutocracy — and with a national one.