Tagged: Donald Trump

Gallows pole

The CIA knows Trump is lying before he does.

One word sums up a Trump presidency.

Ugly.

Breitbart is opening offices in Paris, Berlin, and the Wolf’s Lair.

After the repeal of Obamacare, the Deplorables opioid scripts will no longer be covered. What will they sell on the black market then?

Hatful of hollow

There’s no point in writing about Labour again until Corbyn is out.

Mr Corbyn is what he is: a street activist/ backbench careerist. He’s out of his depth in his current position.

Elizabeth I is a pretty good role model. If only Corbyn had one.

Nothing about the Infant-Elect indicates education.

I give it a week into his presidency before the first financial scandal breaks.

I’m thinking Mssrs Trump and Putin will hold their first summit in a Russian banya.

A handful of clever Bolsheviks took down a nation of millions. However, Communists today are fossils, like the skull of a T-Rex.

Gong show

Cartoon politicians like Farage and Trump are the pacifiers of the working man and woman.

Mr Trump is on a victory tour, first stop in my hometown of Cincinnati. It’s only a matter of time before he starts pinning military medals on his suit jacket.

Mr Trump’s election was a global 9/11. He could very well turn the US into a Verbrecherstaat.

In psychoanalytic terms, he’s a psychical infant.

Infantile psyche + Twitter = global clown show. This is the quality of entertainment the Deplorables crave.

There’s no way back to the economic and cultural insulation of the Shire. As Marx wrote long ago, the cheap commodities of the bourgeoisie have battered down all Chinese walls. Brexit and Trump walls will fare no better.

On reflection

Mr Trump is a failed President even before taking office. He’ll have to answer to the pitchforks and patarini who elected him sooner than later.

His fate depends on what motivated the Deplorables. If they were motivated by the prospect of manufacturing jobs returning in mass numbers to the US, their belief will be shattered. However, if they were motivated by identity politics (i.e., misogyny, xenophobia, and racism), then their faith will be fully rewarded by Trump’s Presidency.

There are pockets of reason and enlightenment strewn over a landscape of inbred cultural backwardness. Radical cosmopolitans must stand up and say no to ignorance and cultural backwardness, whenever and wherever revanchist populism surfaces.

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There are also historical precedents for the Trump-Farage-Le Pen-Petry phenomenon. Cola Di Rienzo, Savonarola, Luther, and Robespierre attempted to channel the anger of “the people” towards various political ends. They lost control (the Peasants’ War of 1524-25, which was crushed with Luther’s help) and lost their lives in the process (Savonarola, Cola, and Robespierre).

Ricochet

The Trump campaign circus is now the Trump transition team circus.

The Nigel Farage power play came to naught. He remains a right-wing carpetbagger sans portfolio.

The new antisemitism will be directed by the alt-right guru who will take up residence in the office of the White House chief of staff.

Rather than “draining the swamp,” Mr Trump is filling it with his own children and his childish twitter bile.

The (failed) materialist assumption is that people who flock to Farage, Le Pen, Trump, and the AfD are responding to economic conditions. In reality, they are simply politicizing the culture of hate that is part of their traditional way of life. What needs rethinking is the state of the cultural conflict between the forces of reason and enlightenment and the forces of petty revanchism and historical backwardness.

Send in the clown

History was made, albeit history of the worst sort. The revenge of the cognitive underclass has carried Mr Trump to 1600 Penn Avenue. Lured by the promise of a return to the 1950s world when a high school diploma made one King, when men were real men and women knew their place, and when rural hamlets were protected from global events, they turned out in droves to elect a man with no actual plan to bring back the good old days. Will their lives be improved practically after four years of a Trump presidency: unlikely. However, they will be fulfilled by their cultural ressentiment for everything that does not stare back at them when they look into the mirror.