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On Donald Trump’s Campaign for the Republican Nomination: 1

The decision by Donald Trump, a few weeks ago, to enter the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination was initially seen by many as just another short-lived publicity stunt to drum up ratings for the 15th season of his reality show or perhaps a future replacement for that show. This particular assessment was largely based on his rather long and extensive history of using declarations of intent to run for political office to get tons of free publicity. It is also no secret that he has always loved public attention and consequently has been involved in the promotion of various sport competitions and beauty pageants.

As many of you know- there is no shortage of opinions, articles and posts about his campaign for getting the republican nomination. Some say that his campaign is a plant by the Clintons to derail the process of choosing an electable republican candidate, and that might be true. In any case, his entry in the race has certainly sucked the oxygen out of the competing campaign of many republican contenders such as Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker. His posturing on issues such as illegal immigration has also made many of his republican competitors try to adopt similar postures- something they will regret if they ever have to actually run against any democratic candidate for president.

But there is one aspect of his campaign that has puzzled many observers- from republican and democrat insiders to presstitues. How can a guy who has insulted almost every republican holy cow from John McCain (veterans), Megyn Kelly (photogenic white women), Jeb Bush and other “serious” contenders (insiders in the republican insiders) and Fox News (right-wing mass media) still be a viable candidate, let alone possess a commanding lead, for the republican nomination? Why have all those negative articles and hit pieces by main stream media pundits (in print, television and on the internet) had no worthwhile impact on his ascendancy?

There are those who ascribe this apparent invulnerability to his past experience in business negotiations and reality television shows. Scott Adams (of Dilbert fame) has recently written a few posts about how Trump is using language tricks to get his way-Link 1, Link 2, Link 3 and Link 4. While I certainly don’t deny that he has far more experience with being in the media’s spotlight and dealing with them than his competitors, it cannot explain his remarkable ascendancy for reasons I will explain now.

So, here is the question you should ask yourself.. Given that rich people with Trump’s personality and media savvy have always existed in the USA, why weren’t they ever serious front-runners for the presidential nomination in either party? Sure, we have had many memorable third-part candidates (especially in the 19th century) and who can forget the impact of Ross Perot on the result of the 1992 election. But that still does not answer the question- How could somebody with the background and personality of Donald Trump be a serious contender for the presidential nomination for one of the two major political parties in USA?

I believe that the answer to that particular question lies in something far deeper than open demagoguery and being especially adept at handling presstitutes. In my opinion, the ability of Trump to dominate the process for presidential nomination by one of the two main parties in USA is a symptom of an ongoing slow-motion failure of the modern nation-state.

To comprehend what I am talking about, you have to first understand the concept of a ‘modern nation state’ and why this type of institution was so successful for over a hundred years. Modern nation states are a product of the 2nd wave of the industrial revolution and it is no coincidence that many of them came into existence at about the same time (mid-1800s- early 1900s) as the areas they are situated in starting industrializing on a large scale. While they differed from previous kingdoms and nations in many ways, the most important (and relevant) difference between them and their predecessors arises from one specific arrangement between the government and people of such entities.

Modern nation states, unlike any of their predecessors, explicitly promised and largely delivered a very significant increase in the living standards of their general populace. In return for this prosperity (often gained through war and hard or soft colonialism) the average person living in such political entities was expected to be unquestioningly loyal towards the “nation” and do whatever he or she was told to do. While this bargain did result in some of the most horrific wars in history (various late 19th century colonial wars, WW1 and WW2) it worked pretty well for most people living in modern nation states.

The modern nation state model did, however, have a series of systemic structural flaws- many of which took decades (and a series of technological advances) to fully manifest themselves. Principal among this series of inter-linked flaws was the problem of maintaining an image of governmental authority and competence. But why would that be a problem? Aren’t people selected, elected or promoted to high offices of governance in modern nation states supposed to be very competent at their jobs?

Well.. not really.

See, here is the problem. The actual difference in mental capacity and competence between those who are supposed to be the “best and brightest” and the “rest” is, in reality, rather insignificant. Furthermore opaque hierarchical systems that protect insiders from the consequences of their actions tend to select and promote people who are good at lying, stealing, scamming and generally playing politics. Simply put, members of the ruling class of modern nation states are not particularly competent at their supposed jobs. Their lack of competence was, however, not that obvious in previous eras for two reasons. Firstly, the ability to steal resources from other parts of the world, often without serious opposition, made it easy for the ruling class to throw a few extra crumbs at the proles who did their dirty work. Secondly, the ability to control the flow of information via control of the mass media in the pre-internet era meant that it was actually possible to cover up many of the otherwise obvious failings (personal and professional) of members of the ruling class.

Sadly for them, both avenues for maintaining that facade of competence and authority have now disappeared. Politicians throughout the world now have a public image that has more in common with that of a used-car salesman than anything remotely suggestive of actual competence. While this process has been going on since the 1970s, the political class as a whole was able to retain their grasp on power by forming an ever closer (and subservient alliance) with rich people. The campaign of Donald Trump should therefore be seen as an attempt by a rich person to just get rid of the middleman (professional politician) who no longer commands public respect or authority.

Will write more about this topic in upcoming posts.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. Casey
    August 31, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Yet the policies which Mr. Trump advocates (protectionism, preservation of entitlement programs, opposition to promiscuous especially illegal immigration) are not the policies of the majority of the wealthy. In this light, it seems to be Trump is more akin to the economically pragmatic, right-wing populist movements throughout the West such as the French National Front or the Danish People’s Party.
    —-

    Yes..

    • Atlanta Man
      September 1, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      I agree Casey but note he just verbally advocates these policies, once he gets in office he could easily turn around and do the opposite. G W Bush ran on small government, he got in office and presided over one of the largest government expansions in history.
      —-

      and Yes..

  2. September 1, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Hey AD

    What are your thoughts on Canada’s prostitution laws and current situation?

  3. hans
    September 2, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Indeed. Trumps actual main message is:
    These guys are all corrupt, they´re whores. And not very good whores at that.
    I know because I was a frequent John!

    But the MAIN point still eludes even you.

    Not only is NOBODY in the political and propaganda class objecting, BUT the actual VOTERS aren´t objecting either.
    Instead they piss and moan how “not nice” he is and which holy vagina he has insulted this day.

    Thus the voters (i.e. YOU {UncleSampoints.jpg}) admit how they have willingly voted for a totally corrupt system EVERY 4 FUCKING YEARS.
    And support it with every dime they pay the tax man.

    I believe his success is due to bad voter conscience and relief getting rid of the cognitive dissonance, due to having supported corruption yet pretended to be a “good citizen” all your life.

  4. Yusef
    September 2, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    I’ve wondered if Trump and Sanders are the replacements for Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich in this cycle of the charade.

    Candidates such as this function to pull in voters out of either wing of the political spectrum who otherwise might have left the process and the sham of voting altogether.

    They appear to offer the electorate on each side a viable alternative but then at the crucial moments, they cave. We saw this with Kucinich’s capitulation to Obama care (he was supposedly suddenly persuaded at the last moment when Obama took him for a special ride in Air Force One) and Paul’s refusal to consider breaking from the Republicans and running third party.

    I predict Trump will be easily destroyed (or assimilated or dissuaded ) when the moment for that comes. Imagine what kind of skeletons the guy has in his closets. He’s pretty damned close to being a major creep and there are too many powerful people who will benefit by exposing that at the opportune moment.

    • Atlanta Man
      September 2, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      I understand where you are coming from but they already hit Trump with the disrespecting women shit on two fronts 1)Megan Kelly and 2) “raping” his ex wife, and they both fell flat. It seems more likely that Trump may win ,and his first day in office he gets “The Talk”. “The Talk” is where all the power players who really run this country sit his ass down and tell him what is going to happen during his presidency, whether he likes it or not. Only one President did not listen to the talk ,John F Kennedy, things did not go well for him…..

      • hans
        September 2, 2015 at 4:21 pm

        Ah well, but Kennedy didn´t have his own personal Airplane and Bodyguards.
        And the white house positively looks like a hovel compared to Trump´s gold plated shack. No real reason to stay in there having to rely on the SS for protection. ^^

        Also he´s surely well aware of Kennedy Jr. demise, as often as he´s slam dunking his sister, ambassador to Japan.
        But these “conspiracy theories” are moot, really.
        Trump is simply too well under the Jew foot to be a real agent for change, or in any real danger.

      • Yusef
        September 3, 2015 at 9:16 am

        “The campaign of Donald Trump should therefore be seen as an attempt by a rich person to just get rid of the middleman (professional politician) who no longer commands public respect or authority.”

        The way I interpret this is Trump is a fascist and his candidacy is a fascist phenomenon. (Fascism as “corporatism.”)

        If so, basically all bets are off and DA’s comments are correct about Trump’s candidacy being the sign of breakdown of the state and a movement to a new level of horror.

        I assume the other elites will take it that Trump is grabbing for all the marbles and may not be willing to wait to see if they can get him on a leash once he’s victorious.

        I see Trump as a clown, but maybe i should see him as a killer clown. I will see Trump as a killer clown if he’s still standing at the time of the RNConvention.

  5. The Plague Doctor
    September 3, 2015 at 9:42 pm

  6. Sam
    September 5, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    There’s a lot of speculation here. Is Trump a dark horse with some unseen hand driving him? I don’t know the answer but he’s been saying the exact same thing he’s saying now for decades. Maybe, surprise, surprise, he’s doing exactly what he says he’s doing. We’re all so jaded with our ridiculous government that if someone actually is telling the truth it baffles us to no end.

    • Yusef
      September 7, 2015 at 10:39 am

      Trump tells lies just like any other politician. Are you kidding me? He’s giving us a higher level of entertainment and distraction for the time being, but if you mistake that for refreshing truth, there’s little hope.

      • Sam
        September 8, 2015 at 11:47 am

        I repeat,”…he’s been saying the exact same thing he’s saying now for decades…”

        You say he’s all entertainment but I don’t find him entertaining. I don’t like his attitude personally. It’s very much a New York, Yankee, braggart style which to me is annoying to no end. What attracts me is what he says his policies are. Bad trade deals, loss of manufacturing and illegal immigration. For me this doesn’t go far enough but no one else even comes close. All the rest would flood the country with people who it seems to me have no compassion for Whites and move even more manufacturing out of the country while paying companies tax breaks to do so.

        You say he lies. What is he lying about? Has he been telling the same lies for decades?

        All the things he’s saying seem to be common sense if you’re interested in raising the fortunes of the poor and the middle class. The same policies worked fine for an earlier America. They are also the policies of most of our trading partners. The Japanese and Chinese have what used to be called “The American System” down. The Japanese of course added a little German trade policy and mixed some of their own but it essentially the same policy Americans followed for decades and made us wealthy.

      • Yusef
        September 8, 2015 at 12:49 pm

        Part of the problem is Trump has no history of service in public office we can scrutinize. And as we all know it isn’t what someone says or says they’ll do, but what they actually do or can do. It’s quite remarkable people will take someone with no electoral experience this seriously. And he’s running for the highest office in the land! It’s silliness. The guy is obviously an entertainer. He’s a reality TV star. The show has been on for how many years now? It bothers me you cite the way America used to be, because with Trump you have very much a creature of the kind of economy America devolved into, a creature of the FIRE economy (Financial, insurance, real estate.) Trump has been bankrupt three times.

      • Sam
        September 9, 2015 at 9:45 pm

        “Part of the problem is Trump has no history of service in public office we can scrutinize.”

        That’s a feature.

        ” And as we all know it isn’t what someone says or says they’ll do, but what they actually do or can do.”

        We know the rest are lying to us from the beginning. What do we lose by gambling. Let’s see… All the other candidates will flood the country with Aliens and move jobs overseas. Trump says he won’t and will do the opposite, has position papers saying so and repeats it constantly. Well maybe he will change his mind but if so we’ve lost nothing. All the rest we KNOW will do these things.

        It just goes to show how decrepit our country is when we can only get a guy like Trump with any common sense at all. The rest are all paid for by special interest that are negative towards the large majority of the population.

  7. The Plague Doctor
    September 7, 2015 at 3:27 am

    Grab your popcorn, boys and girls…

    GOD HAS CHOSEN AN EXACT DATE FOR THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC COLLAPSE.

    The Keynesian Apocalypse is scheduled to start on:

    September 13, 2015.

    It will be the worst economic collapse in history.

    Stock markets will crash, bond markets will crash, real estate will crash, banks will fail, currencies will collapse. There will be civil unrest, riots, strikes, demonstrations, looting, and shortages.

    Gold will go from $ 1,100 to $ 20,000 (in three years).
    Silver will go from $15 to $1,500 (in three years).
    Bitcoin will go from $ 240 to $240,000 (in December 2016).

    Prepare yourself accordingly!
    Prepare yourself accordingly!
    Prepare yourself accordingly!

    You have been warned!
    You have been warned!
    You have been warned!

    • hans
      September 7, 2015 at 4:43 am

      Old news and it is not God but the faux Jew (aka. Khazars) Central Bankster Mafia and the end of their Shemitah cycle.
      Yeah, you stupid Goyim have been warned.

      Bitcoin is a great idea, it only has to get more refined and secure. Any prime number based encryption algorithm is wide open.
      Read James McCanney´s (jmccsci.com) “Breaking RSA Codes for Fun and Profit”.

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