Trump: Man v. Ideology

Why did Trump win? Because he represented a paradigm shift away from the failing ideologies of globalisation/open-borders, and back towards a realistic group-oriented identity politics i.e. sober protective nationalism. In a similar vein to Brexit.

One key ideology that Trump defied was the insane free-trade groupthink that has crushed debate for decades, summed up beautifully in this Michael Moore video:

Anne Coulter also sums it up, it was all about "globalism vs. nationality":

And tech billionaire Peter Thiel also hit the nail on the head, by saying that we've been living in these fantasy bubbles, that have trapped us in over-optimistic ideologies such as free-trade and endless unwinnable wars in the Muslim world:
"We’re voting for Trump because we judge the leadership of our country to have failed ...

The trade bubble says everyone’s a winner. The war bubble says victory is just around the corner, but these overoptimistic stories simply aren’t true and voters are tired of being lied to. …

Whatever happens in this election, Trump represents isn’t crazy, and it’s not going away. He points towards a new Republican party beyond the dogma of Reaganism".

And here's a reminder of how free-trade isn't working for America, leaving them mired with permanent trade deficits.

Carefully managed trade with peaceful allies can be a good thing. But mindless and reckless free-trade with our enemies is complete insanity.

Hat tip: WentworthReport.Com

File under: reality v. ideology.

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