Tagged: Donald Trump

America: Global Tyranny’s Best Friend

North Korea is executing men because Donald Trump said no to a deal that should never have been on the table in the first place; meanwhile, Trump fluffs his feathers and squawks about his great friendship with the beloved murderer, whom he trusts, Kim Jong Un. Trump has thus occasioned executions merely for his vanity, for his cowardice, for his foolish and failed...

Tyranny Unhinged (Updated)

Donald Trump, progressive demagogue extraordinaire, continues to follow through on his three-year-long effort to prove, to himself and to the world, that he could shoot a man on Fifth Avenue without losing a single supporter. Today, I see that Trump has not only reiterated his oft-stated buffoonish “confidence” that Kim Jong Un will “keep his promise” to Trump — though neither Trump nor...

The Problem with Demagogues

No one in America cares about this sort of thing anymore, but Americans used to emphasize, with pride, that America was a republic, not a democracy, which is to say that theirs was a “government of laws, and not of men,” i.e., that no individual could simply function as a tyrant after garnering enough votes to achieve power.  Donald Trump, like a child...

Pretzel News Update

Donald Trump would not be President of the United States right now if not for the quiet but substantial support, Iago-like acquiescence, and arm-twisting prowess of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The Trump-McConnell mutual admiration society, and the obvious “hands-off” agreement between these two men famous for publicly destroying anyone who would thwart their intentions in any way, would have presented a serious...

Making Progressivism Great Again!

Some people call them subsidies. Others call them bailouts. In every case, they are arbitrary and coercive acts of big government, designed to “compensate” businesses that are being adversely affected by a combination of market realities and harmful government policy, through the means of economic redistribution — which American conservatives used to call “socialism,” before they joined the Trump cult and their world...

Just a Normal Day in Abnormal America

Republican congressman Justin Amash, who leans hard libertarian, claimed this weekend that he had found impeachable offenses in the Mueller report, though he doesn’t seem to be able to specify what these are, and in fact takes pains to argue that the constitutional phrase “high crimes and misdemeanors” does not actually imply any definable offense. Meanwhile, President Trump claims that he doesn’t wish...

Defining Winning Down

Daniel Patrick Moynihan, back when progressives were still allowed to talk about moral and political matters without complete deference to the current neo-Marxist orthodoxy, wrote of the decaying moral substance of modern America with the now-famous phrase, “defining deviancy down.” That useful expression is easily adaptable to other, analogous contexts, and today I would like to apply it to Trumpology, in which we...

Trump in the State of Nature

Donald Trump lives for his ego. He may be the purest living instantiation of Hobbes’ depiction of man in the state of nature, ruled entirely by fear of violent death and vainglory. As he respects no law — let alone the rule of law — he is effectively, subjectively, trapped in Hobbes’ hypothesized condition of raw nature: the war of all against all,...

Conservatives: Stop Moving the Goalposts for Trump

Donald Trump is convinced he can manipulate anyone with his brilliant financial mind. His true believers, as they watch him doing everything they railed against as anti-market folly for years, anxiously tell the critics to “wait and see what happens before passing judgment.” This means they have forgotten, or they are hoping you have forgotten, what we are supposedly “waiting for.” The question...

That’ll show ’em!

Donald Trump believes deeply and unwaveringly that he can personally produce economic prosperity by coercively micromanaging markets to create his preferred outcomes. In other words, he is a thoroughgoing statist. He is proving this yet again with regard to his tariff obsession. China has responded to Trump’s tariffs on Chinese goods by reducing its purchases of American crops. Trump is now promising to...