Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Trumpian path

Matthew Yglesias, one of the most trenchant critics of Trump, has written a lengthy piece at Vox about Trump as "bullshitter" - an analysis that is not exactly news (to put it mildly), but he does go into it at more depth.  In particular, he notes how it fits in with how authoritarianism  works, and ends with this:
The upshot is a conservative movement and a Republican Party that, if Trump persists in office, will be remade along Trumpian lines with integrity deprecated and bullshit running rampant. It’s clear that the owners and top talent at commercial conservative media are perfectly content with that outcome, and the question facing the party’s politicians is whether they are, too. 

The common thread of the Trumposphere is that there doesn’t need to be any common thread. One day Comey went soft on Clinton; the next day he was fired for being too hard on her; the day after that, it wasn’t about Clinton at all. The loyalist is just supposed to go along with whatever the line of the day is. 

This is the authoritarian spirit in miniature, assembling a party and a movement that is bound to no principles and not even committed to following its own rhetoric from one day to the next. A “terrific” health plan that will “cover everyone” can transform into a bill to slash the Medicaid rolls by 14 million in the blink of an eye and nobody is supposed to notice or care. Anything could happen at any moment, all of it powered by bullshit.
Quite right, I think.   And funnily enough, we have people claiming to be libertarians who are excuse makers in chief for Trump, despite this creepy and obvious "truth means nothing" approach to governing.   The effects of the silly, post modernism movement (which similarly eroded the utility of "truth" in science and policy) still causes them offence,  but when it comes to Trump, it seems to be a case of "meh".

Update:  see this Salon article on libertarians and Trump, too.


4 comments:

not trampis said...

He was/is a Real Estate developer. It goes with the territory.

What he is doing now is no different to what he was saying in the primaries/election.

Jason Soon said...

that slate article is weak, weak, weak

I still admire Thiel, he's primarily backing Trump for strategic reasons. sensible people need to advise him to minimise the damage and maximise the opportunities.

as for Watson and Jones, they are both wacko conspiracy theorists rather than mainstream libertarians

Steve said...

Yeah, it was a bit silly of them to include outright conspiracy nutters in there are well.

In my post, I was alluding to Taleb as well. I think his shoulder shrugging about Trump cosying up to the Saudis (and his dislike of Obama, when his attempts to more normalise things with Iran were what I would Taleb would have approved of) says a lot about him.

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I still admire Thiel, he's primarily backing Trump for strategic reasons. sensible people need to advise him to minimise the damage and maximise the opportunities.
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