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Working people warm to Donald Trump. He appeals to a good segment of real Americans. The circle jerk of power brokers that is American media, however, lacks the depth and understanding to grasp the fellow-feeling Trump engenders in his fans.

THE MEDIA STRUMPETS

Amid sneers about Trump’s “crazy, entertaining, simplistic talk,” the none-too bright Joan Walsh, Salon editor-in-chief, proclaimed (MSNBC): “I look at those people and I feel sad. That is really such a low common denominator. They’re all Republicans … they really don’t have a firm grasp on reality.”

For failing to foresee Trump’s staying power, smarmy Michael Smerconish (CNN) scolded himself adoringly. He was what “Mr. Trump would call ‘a loser.’” Smerconish’s admission was a way of copping to his superiority. From such vertiginous intellectual heights, Smerconish was incapable of fathoming the atavistic instincts elicited by the candidate. Nevertheless, the broadcaster “quadrupled down.” The country would be delivered from Donald by Mexican drug lord El Chapo, who’d scare Trump away.

Campbell Brown, another banal bloviator, ventured that Trump resonates with a fringe and was fast approaching a time when he would, like Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann, “max-out the craziness” quotient.

Trump supporters were simply enamored of his vibe, said a dismissive Ellis Henican.

As derisive, another Fox News commentator spoke about the “meat and potatoes” for which Trump cheerleaders hanker. I suspect he meant “red meat.”

National Journal’s Ronald Brownstein divined his own taxonomy of the Republican Beast: the “upscale Republicans and the blue-collar Republicans.” The group of toothless rube-hicks Brownstein places in Trump’s camp.

Pollster Frank Luntz provides his own brand of asphyxiating agitprop: The little people want to elect someone they’d have a beer with.

A British late night anchor—a CNN hire!—offered this non sequitur: Trump painting himself as anti-establishment and, at the same time, owning hotels: this was a contradiction. In the mind of this asinine liberal, only a Smelly Rally like “Occupy Wall Street” instantiates the stuff of rebellion and individualism. (Never mind that the Occupy Crowds were walking ads for the bounty business provides. The clothes they wore, the devices they used to transmit their sub-intelligent message; the food they bought cheaply at the corner stand to sustain their efforts—these were all produced, or brought to market by the invisible hand of the despised John Galts and the derided working people.)

I know not what exactly the oracular Krauthammer said to anger Trump, but it was worth it: “Charles Krauthammer is a totally overrated person … I’ve never met him … He’s a totally overrated guy, doesn’t know what he’s doing. He was totally in favor of the war in Iraq. He wanted to go into Iraq and he wanted to stay there forever. These are totally overrated people.”

Even media mogul Rupert Murdoch moved in on Trump, calling him an embarrassment to his friends and to the country.

Inadvertently, one media strumpet came close to coming clean about the serial failures of analysis among her kind. Wonkette, or Wonkette Emerita, aka Ana Marie Cox, spoke of “the superfluousness of the media’s predictions and its inability to perform the service of making sense of events.” Like Smerconish, Cox is hoping against hope that the little people are having fun at her expense and “are in some way in on the joke” that is Trump.

POLITICAL POWER VS. ECONOMIC POWER

To understand why his campaign has legs, it is necessary to grasp the difference between The Donald and The Career Politician. Why so? Because although his supporters can ill-articulate these differences, they live them and feel them viscerally. Their reaction to Mr. Trump is informed by a sense of Trump the private citizen, the businessman, the anti-politician. As such, they grasp that Trump’s reality, incentives and motives sharply diverge from those of the professional politician. His reasons for doing what he’s doing are different.

Differently put: A successful politician and a successful businessman represent two solitudes, never the twain shall meet—except when the capitalist must curry favor with the politician so as to further his business interests, a reality brought about by corrupt politics. Trump’s donations to both parties fit a pattern forced by the regulatory state, whereby, in order to keep doing business, business is compelled to buy-off politicians.

“What, then, is the difference between economic power and political power?”

Capitalism.org supplies a succinct reply: “The difference between political and economic power is the difference between plunder and production, between punishment and reward, between destruction and trade. Plunder, punishment, and destruction belong to the political realm; production, reward, and trade belong to the economic realm.”

By definition, a professional politician is opportunistic and parasitic. For his survival, he must feed off his hosts. To convince the host to let him hook on and drain his lifeblood, the political hookworm must persuade enough of them to believe his deception. The energies of this political confidence trickster are thus focused on gaining voter confidence by promising what will never be delivered and what is impossible to deliver.

The methods of politics, encapsulated in the title of broadcaster Mark Levin’s latest book, are deceit and plunder, in that order. (And no, Mr. Levin, electing a conservative will not transform this modus operandi.) The machinery of politics is coercion and force. If elected, a politician gains power over those who did not support him as well as over those who supported him. Once in power, and backed by police power, he revels in the right to legislate and regulate vast areas in the lives of people.

Conversely, to succeed, a man in the private economy must deliver on his promises. If he doesn’t fulfill his promises, he loses his shirt. He goes belly up.

ORDER IT NOW

Whereas success in politics depends on intellectual deceit and economic plunder; success in the private economy indicates that an individual has delivered on his promises: he has provided goods and services people want, built buildings and resorts they inhabit and frequent, provided his investors with a return on their investment.

And he has done so using the peaceful, voluntary means of free-market capitalism. He has not passed an individual mandate to compel any and all to patronize his buildings, businesses or buy his products.

Flawed though he most certainly is—Donald Trump belongs to the category of Americans who wield economic power.

Trump has had moral and business failings aplenty. He has taken risks for which he has paid with his capital and good name. (He certainly owes recompense to the Scottish farmers of Aberdeenshire, whose lives he upended with his development.) Not given to the contemplative life, Trump is a pragmatist. He has waded into some very polluted waters. But he swims. He doesn’t drown.

To that people relate.

RAPING REALITY WITH POLITICAL THEORY

For his credibility, the politician cloaks himself in the raiment of political theory, cobbled up by liberal academics. Theory that controverts reality is his stock-in-trade. And so the politician, Democrat and Republican, will conjure “ideas”—delusional ideation really—that flout reason, the nature of man, and the natural laws of justice and economics. People, however, are smart. They sense the discrepancy between contrived political theory and reality; between conceptual frameworks that do not reflect reality, but rape it.

Examples:

The macroeconomics parroted by Democrats and Republicans dictate that economic recessions and depressions must be cured by increasing the availability of easy credit so that more spending can take place. People know this is bogus. They know they cannot “deficit” spend themselves into prosperity. Why, then, would the “country” manage to disregard the immutable laws of economics?

From the safety and comfort of rarefied zip codes, open-border theorists tutor the little people in the positive economic effects of, say, high population density on productivity and economic growth. But regular folks don’t have to travel to Cairo or Karachi to discover that this urban theory is an urban myth.

The same sort of thing happens in the hearts and minds of ordinary working men and women when Trump says Crimea is Europe’s problem. Yes, let a regional power like Germany police that neighborhood.

Or, when Trump reveals that he pays as little tax as he can. “I hate what our country does with our taxes.” A noble sentiment, because true.

Libertarian theorist Wendy McElroy explains why certain verities are second-nature: “The more basic the political issue or principle, the more likely it is to be understood by most people and to appeal to their interests.”

For example, despite pronouncements from up high that “the common man should not be allowed to judge the law” because he lacks intellectual sophistication, “the trial by jury lauded by Lysander Spooner was meant to place community opinion as a safeguard between the individual and the State. As Spooner explained, ‘The trial by jury is a trial by the country – that is, by the people – as distinguished from a trial by the government … The object … is to guard against every species of oppression by the government.’”

PARTY POOPER

That Trump is no “GOP loyalist” hardly disqualifies him from representing the Republican base, which the GOP habitually misrepresents. Given the GOP’s record; a failure to swear fealty to the Republican Party is an award-worthy failing.

On the topic of awards, James Webb, the decorated Marine who served as Ronald Reagan’s secretary of the navy, is no GOP loyalist, either. Webb, indisputably the last salt-of-the-earth Democrat, is considering a bid for president as a … Democrat.

Trump would do well to triangulate, à la Bill Clinton, and place the talented Mr. Webb on the Trump ticket. Then, make immigration a central theme in the campaign, advance a principled, major, pro-black policy by speaking to the legalization or decriminalizing of drug use and sale—and Trump will have secured the vote of blacks, white southern Democrats and other Reagan Democrats. Like no other, drug legalization is a proxy black issue, worthy of the endorsement of the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

A ticket sporting two Alpha Males, moreover, is likely to infuriate the Alpha females of media (including those with the Y chromosome).

NOBLESSE OBLIGE

In an interview with NBC, Trump explained the difference between the politicians running and a businessman like himself: He has a lot to lose. They have nothing to lose.

As a longtime observer and analyst writing in opposition to the state and the political process, I find the specter of the anti-politician—the rugged, unrefined, cowboy individualist—fascinating, certainly worthy of tracking, and quintessentially American.

Among America’s great industrialists and capitalists there has always been a long history of noblesse oblige—the notion that wealth, power and prestige carry responsibilities. Public service to the American Founders meant that men put their own fortunes and sacred honor on the line. Their lives too.

 
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  1. Bloody ‘ell. Great article.

    • Replies: @ilana mercer
  2. Bob says:

    I was thinking more like Trump/ Schiff 2016 … productive people could stop fleeing and the 3rd world invasion would be halted.

  3. Wade says:

    Trump would do well to triangulate, à la Bill Clinton, and place the talented Mr. Webb on the Trump ticket.

    This is a brilliant idea, Ilana! Jim Webb as Trump’s running mate is good on several levels. Why didn’t I think of that?

    • Replies: @ilana mercer
  4. @Wade

    I thought so, Wade. Division of labor.
    This is a good way to eat into Hillary’s support base. Were I Trump, I would also reiterate my original abortion position: hate it, but am pro-choice, except for late-term. It’s the only pro-liberty position that appeals across the Demopublican spectrum.

  5. Tom_R says:

    TRUMP IS THINKING LIKE THE COMMON MAN
    THE MEDIOCRATS ARE SCARED THAT THEIR CONTROL OF THE COUNTRY MIGHT SLIP AWAY, SO LET THE LIES BEGIN.

    Thanks for the excellent article. Very well done.

    Trump is popular because he is thinking for himself, as an American, like most common people do and arriving at the same conclusions like the common man, such as immigration is out of control, and that immigration needs to be banned.

    For example, 80% of the American public is against immigration (legal and illegal), and that includes Republicans and Democrats. Another example:

    “80% of American adults support “stricter border control to try to reduce illegal immigration.” This includes 93% Republicans, 76% Democrats, 83% Independents, 74% Blacks, 61% Hispanics, and 75% of 18-39 year olds (ABC News/Washington Post, April 2013).” Source: fairus.org.

    So why are the libbarbarians and Mediocrats bashing Trump?

    The MSM (Main stream media) is owned by the Oligarchs and these Oligocrats have been buying off politicians like McCain, Reid, Pelosi, Jeb Bush in order to flood the country with 3rd world aliens against the wishes of the public.

    And Trump is now in the way of their scams. So they are doing the only thing they know how to do—tell more lies, putting the public and Trump down, calling them names like above.

    In fact, it is NONE OF THE BUSINESS of the MSM to spout opinion on Trump or his supporters. They should stick to reporting NEWS (new events that happened), i.e. facts. I do not need their opinion.

    Left wing rags like Salon and the NYT do not have any facts to criticize Trump with so they are resorting to name calling, which is an admission of their defeat, and proof of their low morals and depravity, a part of pathology of the left.

    Trump will win if he sticks to the issue of banning immigration, as that is the biggest problems facing America today.

    • Replies: @Travis
  6. Sam Shama says:

    People know this is bogus. They know they cannot “deficit” spend themselves into prosperity. Why, then, would the “country” manage to disregard the immutable laws of economics?

    Illana I usually love your writing. This piece is pretty good, until you got to the bit I blocked above.

    If you don’t know about an elementary but fundamental concept in economics called the “fallacy of composition”, I suggest that you spend an hour reading about it.

    http://neweconomicperspectives.org/2009/08/teaching-fallacy-of-composition-federal.html

    and certainly if you are so inclined you can delve deeper in Paul Samuelson’s economics textbook.

  7. Leftist conservative [AKA "lcon"] says: • Website

    I would prefer to see trump physically attacking journalists…striking them…drawing blood…the more destruction he wreaks, the better.

    BTW, Webb has already declared for president…but I like him and trump…and bernie sanders…

  8. @Sam Shama

    As a follower of the Austrian School, I doubt I’ll agree, but will print and read this. Thanks.
    ILANA

  9. @Sam Shama

    Quite correct, and it’s painful to see right-wingers in public discourse expose their ignorance on this topic again and again.

    No sane person likes over-indebtedness, but in the teeth of a severe economic contraction, with business prostrate, is the absolute worst possible time to slash public spending. Doing so quickly amplifies and intensifies a recession.

    The sad part, of course, is that government doesn’t like to contract in the happy times either.

    • Agree: Sam Shama
    • Replies: @ilana mercer
  10. Renoman says:

    I think he’ll surprise everyone, maybe even win. It’s all about charisma and he’s got it, the rest look like a bunch of accountants. The World is getting tired of the endless human rights, most people don’t have any problems with the LGBT community but they sure as hell wish they’d go back in the closet, almost nobody likes this BS with the blacks, no one likes illegal immigration and we are completely fed up with the free trade scams and the ridiculous wealth of the 1%. Fix that stuff and you’ll be elected every time. Trump seems to be the only one to have figured this out. Everyone admires Guts!

  11. Hbm says:

    “Campbell Brown, another banal bloviator, ventured that Trump resonates with a fringe”

    Remember that Campbell Brown is now married to arch-Neocon and Iraq War architect Dan Senor. It’s pretty clear that the usual suspects don’t like Trump, fear they couldn’t control him and that he wouldn’t do their bidding vis-a-vis Israel.

    This alone is reason to vote for him

  12. KA says:

    BAIER: Mr. Trump, it’s not just your past support for single-payer health care. You’ve also supported a host of other liberal policies….You’ve also donated to several Democratic candidates, Hillary Clinton included, and Nancy Pelosi. You explained away those donations saying you did that to get business-related favors. And you said recently, quote, “When you give, they do whatever the hell you want them to do.”

    TRUMP: You’d better believe it.

    BAIER: — they do?

    TRUMP: If I ask them, if I need them, you know, most of the people on this stage I’ve given to, just so you understand, a lot of money.

    UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What did you get from Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi?

    TRUMP: Well, I’ll tell you what, with Hillary Clinton, I said be at my wedding and she came to my wedding. You know why?

    She didn’t have a choice because I gave. I gave to a foundation that, frankly, that foundation is supposed to do good. I didn’t know her money would be used on private jets going all over the world. It was.

    So, let’s summarize: Moneybags capitalist loudmouth explains to 80 million dumbfounded Americans watching prime time TV, that the system is a total fraud, that the big money runs everything, and that even he thinks the system is broken.
    http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/08/07/trumps-triumph-billionaire-blowhard-exposes-fake-political-system/

    Whistleblower has to be inside . Only Mafia associate can expose the organization. The corrupt cop can tell what goes inside the jail.

    But his popularity isn’t due to the sublime reality of the corrupted and corrupting context Americans are forced to live .
    His popularity is not for exposing the Iraq war cheer leaders .
    His poll number is not for exposing the media shitheads across the aisle.

    He was pitchforked to the center stage of the podium due to his racial epithet against immigrants and against some women . Isn’t that interesting?
    Last time we allowed our anger and hatred to substitute for real analysis and policies we got war against quite a few countries in Middle East . How did that go? Who used that fear to benefit who? KKK ( Kagan , Kristol,Krauthammer ) can usurp the anti immigrant sentiments to enrich their tribes in distant land again and to destroy the what is left of this country at social,economic, religious and cultural level .

    It is u fortunate that there is no one other than Trump who has uttered even one correct fact and statistic . But he is vulnerable just like Bush was only from a different Achille’s heal.

    • Replies: @rod1963
    , @SolontoCroesus
  13. Travis says:
    @Tom_R

    he needs to expand his criticism to include legal immigration…we need to end the green card lottery which has resulted in 3 million immigrants it began in 1990…green cards should only be issued to those fluent in English and should not be based on luck. With his business background he could explain why it is foolish to give away green cards for free, when we could be selling them for \$100,000 to College Educated English speakers.

    Trump needs to focus how immigration, both legal and illegal, is hurting the middle class and working economically. Even hispanic immigrants understand that more immigration equates to lower wages. Cesar Chavez, the Mexican labor leader, was a strong opponent of immigration and wanted America to build a fence and have stronger boarder controls to keep out Mexicans.

    Also needs to address H1b visa program. Force employers who hire these foreign workers to pay a fee of \$50,000 for every H1b bias holder they hire….we would soon see that Google and Facebook would rather hire an American programmer for \$95,000 instead of paying h1B visa holders \$75,000.

    • Agree: JohnnyWalker123
    • Replies: @Seamus Padraig
    , @Merema
  14. Truth says:

    Hey, it looks like “The Donald” has already lost the “reddest of the red-staters.”

    Hey, it looks like “The Donald” has already lost “the reddest of the red-staters.”

    http://news.yahoo.com/trump-dumped-from-conservative-gathering-over-remarks-about-megyn-kelly-124628606.html#

    • Replies: @leftist conservative
  15. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    As a longtime observer and analyst writing in opposition to the state and the political process, I find the specter of the anti-politician—the rugged, unrefined, cowboy individualist—fascinating, certainly worthy of tracking, and quintessentially American.

    I think this is the attraction to Trump as a candidate, more so than his illegal immigration stance which vaulted into him into número uno. It is for me. He’s not just another wimpy talker and writer, enamored of his own words. The guy is a doer. I saw today that at National Review they have five calumnious anti-Trump pieces written by five dainty males who have done nothing, can do nothing, in their lives except but write and talk. Tough guys with tough talk in their writing and mealy-mouthed beta males when they’re on Morning Joe, giddy and thrilled that their clever calumny is appreciated. Yeah, right. This country is at DefCon-5. The time for bullshit is over. Little men who have done nothing but bullshit need to shut their mouths and step aside.

    • Replies: @fnn
  16. Dear Unz Review Friends

    No passage of the 1965 Immigration Reform Act…a National Origins Immigration Policy that completely excluded all Muslims…mass deportation of all Muslims…..=0 probability of 9/11 ever occuring…..0 probability of The Fort Hood Massacre ever occuring….0 probability of a Muslim Detroit…0 probability of the Chatanooga massacre ever occuring…0-1 law……

    So why are Muslim legal immigrants being imported into to Native Born White American Christian Living and Breeding Space?…Answer:So Muslim Americans can vote Whitey-very rapidly-into a violently persecuted racial minority in post-white toilet bowl “Amuurica” on Nov 3 2015…..

  17. GW says:

    What the media doesn’t understand is that Trump saying “outrageous” things and not backing down is (partially) driving his popularity–people intuitively hate political correctness because they see it as a manipulative strategy used to tailor public discourse toward certain pre-approved conclusions. Whatever Trump’s rudeness or choice of words are, the actual political problems faced by this nation are far greater than Megyn Kelly’s honor. Trump’s brilliance is in doubling down on political incorrectness, accusing his opponents of insincere moral preening, and moving on toward attacking illegal immigration, the Mexican government, trade deficits, the GOP establishment, Hillary Clinton, etc.

  18. The Democratic Party=The La Raza Race Power Party!!!!!!!!!!

    The Democratic Party=The crush Whitey’s fucking skull in Party!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. CMC says:

    Trump would do well to triangulate, à la Bill Clinton, and place the talented Mr. Webb on the Trump ticket. Then, make immigration a central theme in the campaign, advance a principled, major, pro-black policy by speaking to the legalization or decriminalizing of drug use and sale—and Trump will have secured the vote of blacks, white southern Democrats and other Reagan Democrats. Like no other, drug legalization is a proxy black issue, worthy of the endorsement of the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

    I hope your fellow Unz writer Steve Sailer examines and essays on this passage.

    First of all, there’s no “then.” Trump has already made immigration a central theme of his campaign. He opened with it. He has been running hard with it ever since, and he seems to be picking up black support with it, e.g. that father on stage with him a week or so after he announced.

    Secondly, what are the margins in the black community for this type of drug law reform? I suspect it is not unanimous and that one would lose at least some church ladies or construction guys or military vets or cops.

    Third, even it were a strong issue with blacks and a certain net gainer all in isolation for blacks, where does it rank for them? Is it the highest priority? Is it more important than immigration? How many more black votes will Trump get by adding drug talk? If he gets every black voter possible with his immigration stance, then there’s no marginal gain to adding some plank about drug law reform, only risk. He could just say it’s an important issue but not a priority and maybe I’ll get to it in the second term. This gets to my final point.

    What about the other voters –you know, the ~85% majority? This is where I think Sailer would shine. Won’t Trump lose chunks of other voters if he prioritizes drug reform?

    I can’t see how making this a lead issue plays out as a benefit to his chances. As GOP, independent or even switching to Democrat.

    Now if Trump really thinks drug law reform is a vital, high priority issue, then sure, I would advise him to be honest and say so. It would be good and right to know.

    But I don’t think it is such an issue for him. Nor do I think it should be, for him or anyone, given the other issues.

    • Replies: @rod1963
  20. KA says:
    @Big Battle for Blair Mountain

    America possibly wouldn’t have got involved in WW1, WW2 and in Iraq war had there been no Jewish immigration and had there been no Zionist in high places .Neither US would have seen the terror in 1970 to 1990 by Kahane type JDL or the nuclear theft,loos of jobs from Israeli stealing of trade secrets or radio active contamination of villages and towns in Ohio from Israeli nuclear espionage

    • Replies: @SolontoCroesus
  21. CMC says:

    Sorry for the snarky “you know, the majority,” line. I tried to edit it out but apparently had used my edit option already.

  22. joe webb says:

    great piece, admire the ability to dive into the lib sewage, parse it out, and come out healthy and breathing fire and truth.

    Joe Webb

    • Replies: @ilana mercer
  23. rod1963 says:
    @KA

    “Last time we allowed our anger and hatred to substitute for real analysis and policies we got war against quite a few countries in Middle East . ”

    Oh please, both Iraq wars were coldly calculated affairs, that took many months to plan and prepare for. There was no anger involved. Did you see Daddy Bush or Georgie get angry, Cheney, Rummy? No. These guys never raised their voices, they simply move their pawns about on a chessboard for the desired result.

    The same with Clinton’s war on Serbia.

    The same with Obama destroying Libya and most of Syria. Lets not forget him over throwing Mubarack.

    Lets not forget what’s going on in the Ukraine, where we have tried to get the American people to support a war against Russia.

    All of them elective and illegal wars, manufactured by a somber elite and heavily promoted by the same MSM that is attacking Trump.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  24. @KA

    He was pitchforked to the center stage of the podium due to his racial epithet against immigrants and against some women . Isn’t that interesting?
    Last time we allowed our anger and hatred to substitute for real analysis and policies we got war against quite a few countries in Middle East . How did that go? Who used that fear to benefit who? KKK ( Kagan , Kristol,Krauthammer ) can usurp the anti immigrant sentiments to enrich their tribes in distant land again and to destroy the what is left of this country at social,economic, religious and cultural level .

    Keen insight, KA.

    Trump is just as much a tool of the “Borg” (Pat Lang’s term) as Lady Lindsey, DumpRick Santorum & Ted Crotch. He just ploughs a different field — Big Tent, or division of labor in action.

  25. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    You can't have it both ways Megyn Kelly. Serious journalist? You decide.

    Posted by Robert Fiore on Saturday, August 8, 2015

    The Pornalist

  26. @KA

    re

    contamination of villages and towns in Ohio from Israeli nuclear espionage

    Are you referring to NUMEC in Apollo, PA, or have the Izzies spread their toxic pollution further west?

    A few years ago when IDF shot & killed a peaceful protester in West Bank with a tear gas canister, it was discovered that the canister came from a plant in Jamestown, Pennsylvania, just a few miles from the Ohio border and about 85 miles west of Apollo. https://adalahny.org/campaign-main-document/564/us-teargas-manufacturers

  27. rod1963 says:
    @CMC

    I tend to agree.

    Trump has gotten most of his voters with his stance on immigration and will get more when he talks about the trade deals that have wiped out almost 10 million manufacturing jobs in this country. This will bring over to him a lot working class white Democrats as well as independents.

    Legalizing drugs are really iffy. He’ll lose the Conservative Christian vote, cops, military, old school whites. So he can what, gain a 1-2% of the black vote and some white stoners in Colorado and Washington state? Not worth it.

    BTW here’s a interesting photo of Jeb, Murdoch and Jerret from the Conservative Treehouse.

    http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2015/08/08/foxs-murdoch-tweets-mission-accomplished-well-maybe/#more-104637

    One particular photo answers a whole lot of questions as to why FoxNews doesn’t cover certain topics.

  28. Art says:

    Clearly Fox News is part of the political establishment – clearly it was out to derail Trump. Clearly Trump’s anti-political-establishment message had to be squashed. Clearly his type of supporters have to be suppressed and stopped. Trump’s call for America First had to be put down. What the right and left political establishment fears is his more or less center apolitical supporters who want to come together for a better more stable economic and cultural future.

    Megyn Kelly’s divide and conquer feminist attack on Trump was straight out of the anti-one-America victimization screeds of Zionist politics. Americans thinking as ONE UNDIVIDED PEOPLE is not what Zionism thrives on. Exploiting skin color, pitting economic groups against each other, dividing people sexually, and pimping poverty are the tools of Zionism. Trump and his supporters talking about immigration, are bucking the Zionist agenda. By dumping on Trump’s character, Kelly and Fox were attacking the “tea party-one-America” theme of Trump’s supporters. That is the goal of the Jew financial oligarchs.

    As long as the Jews control the media ONE UNDIVIDED AMERICA – is a pipe dream.

    • Replies: @Art
  29. @Truth

    erickson knows that the establishment is desperate to hurt trump, and of course erickson wants to promote his site, redstate, and he knows that if he rejects trump the establishment will reward him with free media publicity.

    Free media publicity is a huge part of how the establishment shapes and molds the public debate and the rules of behavior in our culture. It is the carrot and the stick. Those who transgress and threaten the establishment’s supply of immigrant workers and consumers will get the stick, and those who play along, some of them will get the carrot of free media publicity.

    Trump is so rich, egotistical and narcissistic that he cares little for either the carrot or the stick.

    Trump is a potential propaganda-weapon to be wielded by the working class against the establishment and its propaganda enforcers in the corporate media.

  30. @Travis

    he needs to expand his criticism to include legal immigration

    Could not agree more.

    In addition to being fundamentally dishonest on the subject, the other great disservice to the immigration debate committed by Republicans–and, of course, therefore a great service to their donors–is to limit the discussion to illegal immigration only. H1Bs and all the rest have to be on the table too. In a sense, H1Bs do even more damage to the economy than your typical mojado, because they are actually high-skilled, decent-paying jobs. Why do you think even college grads now make less than the ones from 20 or 30 years ago?

    • Agree: Travis
  31. War for Blair Mountain [AKA "Big Battle for Blair Mountain"] says:
    @Big Battle for Blair Mountain

    So this is the rock-bottom-fundamental-issue. The Democratic Party is importing its highly racialized legal immigrant voting bloc. Nothing else should be discussed. But if you are Steve Sailer…sidetrack away from the fundamental issue with a blizzard of mind-numbing the-eyes-glaze-over- commentary about a new round of PISA scores. Muslims out…but import legal immigrant Asians because of their outstanding PISA scores….and as a consequence, its quite ok if those supersmart Asian “Americans” enthusiastically vote Whitey into a violently persecuted racial minority on Nov 3 2015!!!!…

  32. Contrary to common expectations Fox News is one of Hillary Clintons top ten donor over the past 20 years.
    govtslaves.info/fox-news-one-of-hillary-clintons-biggest-donors-for-better-part-of-two-decades/

    The underlying truth to all the Trump nay-sayers is that they really do not have a clue just how deeply despised and distrusted the political filth and corporate media whores are by the vast majority of Americans.

    • Agree: Ozymandias
  33. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Sam Shama

    Thanks, I’m glad some one called this point out. But, judging from the comments, and one commenter’s zeal for Peter Schiff (a guy who a few years ago was warning about hyperinflation, Zimbabwe and Weimar) – a limited understanding of economics seems to suit any bias upon delivery.

    • Replies: @Sam Shama
  34. @Sam Shama

    Ah Samuelson, the pig ignorant clown who, as late as 1988 represented the Soviet Union as a valid workable economic model.

    • Replies: @Sam Shama
  35. @rod1963

    As Kissinger said
    ““Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.” ”

  36. Art says:
    @Art

    As to Trump himself – he could never be president – his is too thin skinned. It is in his intellectual DNA to counter attack – he cannot help himself. He has made himself an open invitation to being attacked – it is human nature. Think about Reagan, remember how he was disrespectfully attacked time after time by the trash in the media. Trump would to be counter attacking 24/7. As president how belligerent could he be – as bad as the situation is – what would he do to Mexico? What would he do to a country that criticized him – start a war of some kind or another? Sorry – it just cannot happen.

    It is too bad that Trump has this flaw, because he does represent a lot of very good Americans when he attacks Washington DC.

    He is a builder and builders are needed. He could do much good for America.

    p.s. We all know that the coercive Jew controlled media is going to tar all of his good American supports with the same brush as him.

    • Replies: @Sherman
    , @MarkinLA
  37. @Kyle McKenna

    With respect, both Sam and Kyle are dead wrong. The convoluted statism that is the article you directed me to (http://neweconomicperspectives.org/2009/08/teaching-fallacy-of-composition-federal.html) falls under artificial, political constructs that rape reality. It would be too time consuming to refute the Keynesian gibberish of the article (Henry Hazlitt did it in “The Failure of the New Economics”). Austrian economists have done that. I suggest acquainting yourself with the economic tomes of Mises, Rothbard, Hazlitt, and the methods of praxeology and methodological individualism. Just at a glance, this author, using sleight-of-hand and illogic Austrians would never countenance, classifies investment as spending. Capital accumulation as spending!!! Nonsense. GDP: the definition of GDP was also a creation of John Maynard Keynes, who defined it as C (Private Consumption) + I (Private Investment) + G (Government Purchases) + X-M (Net Exports). In so doing, Keynesians concluded that the most prosperous year in American economic history – 1946 – was actually a year of revival of the Great Depression with a precipitous drop in economic activity because of the huge decline in federal government spending after World War II. Of course, this was NOT a year of depression but an explosion of private investment, consumption, and job creation. That’s Keynesianism for you. No dear sirs; I am no Keynesian. http://www.ilanamercer.com/phprunner/public_article_list_view.php?editid1=487.

  38. Sam Shama says:
    @Anonymous

    Yes zeal is indeed the apt description for this anti-intellectual positioning. It falls apart quite easily though, if one were to wager them to stand behind their claim. Which I am about to do.

  39. Sam Shama says:
    @Bill Jones

    Well that “pig ignorant clown” apparently received the first Nobel in economics for the USA.

    No matter, Mr. Jones, it appears that your casual epithet has some implications. For example, people in your “Austrian” groupthink (prominently, Schiff) has been calling for hyperinflation (defined as 50%+ inflation per month) for some time.

    My wager to you, for calling Samuelson a fool: If during the next year, any monthly reading of inflation (measured by the Core PCE in the USA) is greater than 4% (leave alone 50%), I will send a check for say \$1000 to UR as a contribution towards its operating sufferance of fools. If it is less than 4% you will send the same amount to the UR.

    Are you clever enough to accept?

    • Replies: @Sam Shama
    , @MarkinLA
  40. Sherman says:
    @Art

    “He is a builder and builders are needed. He could do much good for America”

    Do you realize that Trump has boasted that he is the most pro-Israel of all the Republican candidates?

    Do you know that his daughter converted to Judaism and Trump proudly speaks about his Jewish grandchildren?

    Do you know that many of the top executives in his organization are Jewish (one of whom is a close personal friend of mine)? Furthermore, do you know that his accounting firm is predominantly Jewish (I’m friends with one of the partners at this firm).

    Are you still going to rant about the “Jew controlled media” and all your other moronic anti-Semitic crap if Trump becomes president?

    You’re really not too intelligent, are you?

    If Jews truly control America (as you claim) it’s because folks like you are too stupid to control it themselves.

    • Replies: @Art
  41. MarkinLA says:
    @Art

    I would not worry about that. We got the Iraq war and or Kosovo involvement from people who weren’t hot heads. There are plenty of people around the President to keep things level. In addition, as a businessman Trump I am sure does a lot of bluffing, a lot of kissing up to people, and a lot of behind the scenes threatening. He knows about power and how to use it.

    • Replies: @Art
  42. @ilana mercer

    Your writing style is dramatic and entertaining.

  43. MarkinLA says:
    @Sam Shama

    first Nobel in economics

    Isn’t that the equivalent of getting first place in the kindergarten sandbox castle building contest? Especially, since this isn’t a real Nobel Prize.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
    , @Sam Shama
  44. WhatEvvs [AKA "AamirKhanFan"] says:

    Lost in the “bleeding” Megan Kelly brewhaha is the fact that Trump said Hillary should be in prison for what she did to her emails.

    A lot of people are saying he is a Clinton plant – I can’t see that after what he said about Hillary.

    It’s true, too.

    I doubt that Trump will become President but he has a refreshing way of speaking plain American English, and that’s what people are responding to.

    I honestly thought he had blown it when he made his remarks about McCain. Not that I thought he said any particularly bad – I just thought, “well, the media will destroy him.”

    Nope – he fought back.

    John McCain has called his own constituents who want a secure border “crazies.” No one in the news media or the establishment, including the Republican National Committee, criticized the senator for those comments.

    Now, as respected reporter Sharyl Attkisson has proved point by point, the news media are also distorting my words. But that is not my point. McCain the politician has failed the state of Arizona and the country.

    The reality is that John McCain the politician has made America less safe, sent our brave soldiers into wrong-headed foreign adventures, covered up for President Obama with the VA scandal and has spent most of his time in the Senate pushing amnesty. He would rather protect the Iraqi border than Arizona’s. He even voted for the Iran Nuclear Review Act of 2015, which allows Obama, who McCain lost to in a record defeat, to push his dangerous Iran nuclear agreement through the Senate without a supermajority of votes.

    A number of my competitors for the Republican nomination have no business running for president. I do not need to be lectured by any of them. Many are failed politicians or people who would be unable to succeed in the private sector. Some, however, I have great respect for.

    Clear, hardhitting, ballsy and well-written. OK, maybe an assistant wrote it – but he signed his name to it. No career pol would have signed his name to this.

    I salute him.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/07/19/donald-trump-republican-party-presidential-candidate-editorials-debates/30389993/

    • Agree: Sam Shama
  45. Hibernian says:
    @MarkinLA

    It’s called the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics and was not instituted by Alfred Nobel.

  46. Sam Shama says:
    @ilana mercer

    Ilana I am quite familiar with Austrian “economics” and its use of praxeology. I have read the von Mises and Hayek and their debates, pretty thoroughly. They have no basis in scientific modeling, reject the fundamental idea of empiricism and falsifiability. How else would one continue to insist on the imminent hyper inflation which remains elusive for almost a decade? Its a faith.

  47. The dupes that vote for some sharp dressed puppet master with the hope of having vicarious control of others will find that they too are the focus of that control.

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me a hundred times, I’m an American voter.

  48. Anonymous • Disclaimer says: • Website
    @Anonymous

    The context made at American Buddhist Net which you disingenuously, dishonorably, and maliciously left out in you slanderous comment.

    […] Ilana Mercer’s essay, Trump Should Triangulate, says much of what I would say about Trump, though I would add a simplification: I honestly hate almost all American politicians. They have sold this country down the river and I hate them for that and for their sleaze. To me, that is the basic reason people like Trump.

    Naturally, I am a good Buddhist so I hate their sins and not them. […]

  49. Sam Shama says:
    @MarkinLA

    Maybe it is. I certainly did not. Did you?

  50. Art says:
    @Sherman

    “Do you realize that Trump has boasted that he is the most pro-Israel of all the Republican candidates?”

    Man Sherm – that statement sure could start a 17 way bitch slap fight.

    The winning Republican bitch will join the rightwing nut jobs – Netanyahu, Saudi king, and Ayatollah against peace in the ME. All the power hungry tribal bastards will be united with our weakling new Republican sellout of a president. (Of course the same goes for the Democrat winner.)

    p.s. I see Jew senator Schumer is clearly Israel first – you boys are getting real sure of yourselves.

  51. Art says:
    @MarkinLA

    “Trump: He knows about power and how to use it.”

    I agree – Trump has talent – just don’t think it will happen.

    Right now – it could be a third party situation.

  52. Sam Shama says:
    @ilana mercer

    I would think about that definition of GDP a little bit more.

    Your earnings, the green stuff that gets circulated, changed when needed, to Euros, Yen, Renminbi, Danish Krone, Aussie, Kiwi, and 150 others are all offered as units of that GDP measure. Austria’s own leaders realised their own folly when it became utterly clear that no policy actions, of any positive prescriptive value could be effectuated using praexeology. In that little GDP identity, when viewed through the lens of expenditures (it could alternately be viewed as incomes), Investment is in fact an integral of all future consumption. Ponder on that.

    Its easy to mouth off faith based verbiage. Empiricism and logic, not so much.

    That little sporting wager I offered you red-blooded Galts and Galtinas, I suppose that will remain conveniently untouched, thus preserving the purity of the turf?

  53. Merema says:
    @Travis

    English requirement for immigrants is dumb as it means that Nigerians would have an advantage over the Chinese or Koreans-the latter are the best immigrants. English can be learned once here.

    Legal immigration must be curtailed-no DV, no family chain immigration except children and spouse is a start.

  54. Realist says:

    Economics is like reading tea leaves….just not as accurate.

  55. With reference to Sam Shama’s proposal of “economic models” as the basis for 1SS Israel, for a dozen years or more Alan Greenspan ran the Federal Reserve and thereby the US economy on a particular model, one that, I believe, posited that markets were self-regulating –“we don’t need no stinkin’ rule of law.”

    On October 23, 2008 (iirc), the US economy having failed and the global economy threatened with collapse absent a US taxpayer bail out of banks who had been the winners in this model, Greenspan appeared before a US Senate Committee and excused himself from accountability for the mess with these words that, in my view, demand to be carved in stone:

    The model is flawed. http://www.c-span.org/video/?281958-1/federal-regulation-financial-markets

    [MORE]

    The questions Americans need to ask themselves are whether the model was really flawed or was programmed; and if Janet Yellen is the plant whose assignment is to pull the trigger on the “flaw” when zionists deem, in their superior, Nobelian wisdom, that the time is right.

    Signal will be when prominent Jews start to leave USA. Dennis Ross, Stuart Eizenstat, others have been padding Israel’s policies for over half-a-dozen years with a view to US economic failure.

    Jews did the same thing re Germany pre-the hot war.

    Leo Strauss stirred up shit in Germany until he left, among the first ones out, in 1932, with assistance from the Rockefellers.

    Erick Mendelsohn, “the Jewish architect,” was in the same category; he walked out his front door early in 1933; found his way to Palestine where he built Chaim Weizmann’s luxury residence in Rehovoth & a few more institution-grade buildings. His initial plans — fantasies? — were to remain in Palestine and establish himself as the hallmark for zionist Palestine architecture/arts but after building the Schocken residence, also in Rehovoth, and Hebrew university, he seems to have lost favor with the PTB in Palestine. He found his way to USA where after lecturing on how Europe should be destroyed and rebuilt to conform with his vision and not 700 year old stuff, he was employed by US Air Force to design ways to destroy Germany’s built structures, especially working class housing with special care that the people who lived in that working class housing would be destroyed — incinerated — in the process of carrying out Mendelsohn’s urban renewal project.

    (Proposal for a Hollywood film: Erich Mendelsohn battles Henry Morgenthau, Jr. — working title: “When Mendelsohn the homicidal maniac met Morgenthau the homicidal psychopath:”
    Erich wants to level Germany’s cities & incinerate German civilians so he can build his “towers” and buildings with curves and rows of glass. Morgenthau wants to level Germany’s cities and incinerate German civilians and turn the country into an agricultural zone. Tension!! Conflict!! Who will succeed??? )

    • Replies: @Sam Shama
  56. Realist says:

    How’s this for triangulation?

    • Replies: @Art
  57. Svigor says:

    More-educated whites seem to be fertile ground for the logical fallacy that voting for a guy who appeals to less-educated whites might tarnish their education; people can be educated into stupidity.

    • Replies: @Realist
  58. Art says:
    @Realist

    Thanks – I love it – those two are funny!

    Trump should have asked Megyn Kelly “is this MSNBC or Fox News?”

    Then he should have asked Kelly when she is joining Hillary’s team with her little feminist BS.

  59. Realist says:
    @Svigor

    The question always is in what are they ‘educated’?

  60. Sam Shama says:
    @SolontoCroesus

    I suspect you have been feverishly racking your brain, as to where “the Jew Shama” is planning his next subterfuge, thereby arranging the deck for the final coup de grace, haven’t you? Do say so, it will make matters more spicy for the congregation.

    small aside:
    Economists are an odd lot (for a goodish bit anyway). They indulge in cutting each other’s legs from underneath with great relish. To be fair, the actual state of things is rather more visible in economics than say, the raging battles in String Theory Physics. The papers can get vicious and personal. (If you care, look at the Network effect of String theory on various sub-groups and researchers, here it is: http://web.mit.edu/demoscience/StringTheory/scinet.html). Similar cranial fistfights are also very much the case in Mathematics (for most non-mathematicians this is somewhat surprising).

    Anyway coming back to Economics, Alan Greenspan and the Fed, it is important to set the principles and priors for the debate. To this end, S2C, please note that I have stated unequivocally elsewhere, that Alan Greenspan is not a person I uphold as model to base a great deal of analysis. The man was given to obfuscation. An uncompromising Randite, he never cared a moment to let his guard down and admit the folly of his “video-game” version of free market neo-classicism. He was however not the force majeure, behind the Housing Bubble and the consequent global economic stress period 2008-2012, which required emergency, co-ordinated actions of major central banks across the world. That action was led by Ben Bernanke, Hank Paulson and Tim Geithner on the US side, kanzlerin Angela Merkel in Germany, Mario Draghi at the ECB and the Bundesbank cast.

    If you read economic data, especially since the 1960s and the gala opening of U.S. trade with China, together with other mercantilist economies’ (Japan, Germany, commodity economies) collective thirst to sell to the United States’ consumer, you will rather quickly discover the genesis of global savings imbalances. These excess savings were largely channeled to the US bond and housing sectors as those were perceived as the best places for yield capture. A not insignificant amount also found its way to the peripheral economies in southern Europe. Naturally, Germans being german, had not complained, at lest not loudly, about their own Industrial elite withholding a pay raise for nearly a decade and a half. They typically clicked their heels, saluted smartly and got on with the job of popping out cars and such. I believe it is a Lutheran tradition, but I could be wrong. It might be teutonic.

    So continued the deluge of global savings flooding into the U.S. housing market, and a decade of this inexorable flow started to heat things up a bit for home prices. I am sure you would have noticed, had you been a homeowner circa 2005 or so. Be it noted at this juncture, this ‘bubble’ while a rather impressive specimen as bubbles go, was certainly not the first, nor likely to be the last. It has been observed as a recurring theme for a quite a long time (http://www.businesspundit.com/10-most-bizarre-economic-bubbles-in-history/)

    The Fed since its creation, has had as dual objectives, the inflation stability clause and the unemployment clause. It is also the lender of last resort when the credit system is stressed. One can certainly fault Greenspan for his actions (or the lack thereof in terms of regulatory laxity), but short of a demonstration of alternatives, e.g., in the face of a the dot-com bubble’s demise, one would have to dismiss the whispers of angles and shadows in the “Temple” as so much sustenance for the conspiracy connoisseur’s well being.

    2008: Following the global financial crisis, The fed and its global counterparts acted precisely in steps lenders of last resort are wont to. Failing this, we would have landed in the 2nd great depression, a state of affairs our generations are advised not to sample with any curiousity.

    A much longer discussion is indicated, for us (meaning the U.S. and european populations), to come to grips regarding the utter abrogation of the duties by our fiscal leaders in Congress, who willfully obstructed, and indeed sabotaged any meaningful investments in infrastructure, especially when when it was both deeply needed and available at historic low costs. This matter lamentably escapes the accusers so embroiled in their sleuthing of the ‘Jewish Fed’. Had we done this investment, as China has done, we would not be I reckon, talking of the current topic at all. Take a minute to think of this. It would have alleviated greatly, the pains of unemployment and inequality that plagues this nation.

    What else S2C? I should summarily point out, that the ‘economic model’ that I spoke of in connection to the 1SS, had nothing to do with the Fed, but everything to do with corralling scarce resources such as water in Israel, if one were to put into effect the RoR. I spoke of the inalienable equality of human life and the morality behind a rejection of the corrupted caricature of Zionism as prevails today. What were you looking for me to say? I think you mistook or failed to understand the distinction I was making between a purely moral endeavour (that of a 1SS and citizenship) and the pragmatic nature of it execution.

  61. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    ‘pro-black policy by speaking to the legalization or decriminalizing of drug use and sale’

    I think most polls show blacks as not in favor of legalization?

  62. Excellent article. I believe that Chuck Hagel would also be an excellent consideration for VP.

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