October 25, 2016

Triggered by Trump the trustbuster

In his own Gettysburg Address, Trump announced his plans for breaking up monopolies, beginning with the tentative merger of AT&T and Time Warner, but also going back to Comcast and NBC Universal, and similar cases. Today just six corporations control all of the media, compared to 50 corporations back in 1983 -- and even that was already considered a "monopoly" by media researchers, compared to the days when every town had a thriving independently owned newspaper.

The new trustbusting agenda is yet another example of the Green meets Red re-alignment between the anti-globalization movement of 15-20 years ago and the Republican base (not the Establishment). To a former Nader 2000 voter like yours truly, this election truly is the gift that keeps on giving.

Not everyone is taking the re-alignment so joyfully, though. Here's The Young Turks: Politics reporter, Emma Vigeland:

See also her video discussion of the merger ("live from my mom's kitchen" -- so cute), where she explains that Trump is "out-progressiving" Clinton, before getting triggered and moving on to more comfortable thoughts.

In contempo lefty lingo, "fascist" means a fan of law-and-order, as opposed to preferring anarchy for criminals. For the childlike mind of leftists, the fundamental political divide is between "Go to your room without dinner" vs. "I'll do what I want, Dad". So in her imagination, Trump is an authoritarian, wanting the police to crush the average citizens, and large corporations to have their way with the peon workers and consumers.

Vigeland doesn't get the underlying logic of populism, whose leaders want to protect the little people from destabilizing forces beyond their individual control. That includes roving criminals, as well as gigantic corporations. And voters who choose populist candidates are not seeking authoritarianism, but that kind of protection from destabilizing forces too unwieldy to fend against all by themselves.

To minimize the uncomfortable cognitive dissonance, lefties re-imagine Trump as only wanting to break up the media monopoly for selfish motives -- they screwed him over with biased coverage, now he'll make them pay. If true, that would make him less genuinely progressive, and not a threat to their worldview, where a Republican can never be anti-corporate.

No doubt getting revenge against his slanderers will be icing on the cake for Trump, but he's taken too many anti-corporate stands on too many topics that don't bear directly on character assassination. E.g., slamming a 35% tariff on off-shored manufactured goods, to keep the plants and jobs from moving outside the country.

If the left sees too many pieces of Trump's agenda all at the same time, they won't be able to unsee the populist gestalt -- they'll have to accept that he's not an authoritarian or fascist, who would be trying to centralize corporate control.

You can see them occasionally admit reality, when they chuckle at the "surreal" experience of a Republican out-progressiving a Democrat. They use the word "surreal" as a DOES NOT COMPUTE error message, prompting their mind to find a way to fix the problem -- he's just doing it for selfish reasons! (Never mind how much money and brand value he has sacrificed by taking all this abuse for over a year now.)

It remains to be seen whether they'll ultimately relent and join the cool people's party, or whether they'll be popping pills for cognitive dissonance reduction every day until he's left the White House. Either way, keep your eyes open for useful allies like these ones.


  1. The actual fascists did believe very strongly that corporations should serve the interests of the nation, they even nationalized some industries. Communist historiographers were successful in painting fascism as arch-reactionary edifice imposed by oligarchs because of course victors write history, but in its time it was much more popular than orthodox internationalist socialism.

  2. Was not geared toward trustbusting, but centralization.

  3. As far as triggering, Ross Douchehat wrote one wet blanket of an article pissing and moaning about Trump fever. Whining that a "too small" class of elite conservatives so failed at stewardship, and an over-reaching liberalism got so out of control, that it's creating a "venomous" populism. Yeah, we get it, low-T face. People are rejecting prissy status conscious elites and decadent coastlites and you're panicking because you never thought that the mouth breather set would ever have any power. Now you realize your hubris, a hubris that is now being exposed and battered by the commoners.

    Shaggy haired Detroit cap wearing Micheal Moore has enough Hesher in him that he inadvertently delivered a powerful sermon about the righteous anger of Trump voters, calling it the "biggest fuck you ever" to elites who wouldn't dare be as bold as Trump. Moore has too much heart for the natives of his home to ever fully reject them (he said that they're good people, not racist vipers). And like a good old-school leftist, he wants to protect workers, not constantly blather about identity crap.

    In other populist news, the NFL's ratings are plummeting. Some are blaming injuries, some the election, and some point to activist antics by players. I think it's because people are beginning to tire of the excess. Overbuilt and over-trained players are getting hurt at faster and faster rates, and games in all sports take longer and longer because of gamesmanship, commercials and unnecessary pomp. Meanwhile, Joe Blow Boomer or Gen X-er is beginning to resent watching a bunch of snotty over-paid Millennials as he realizes that it's getting more and more tough to pay the bills. 40 years to the date after NFL players began a weight/muscle arms race, the public is finally saying "enough". 40 years of human wreckage; Silent Gen players were substantially healthier and didn't feel the same compulsion to inflate their bodies.

  4. Ross and the rest of the cuck crew are embarrassed that the women for Trump have more energy than they do, and are bitter at Trump for lifting the veil on that sad fact.

  5. I'm at the point where I believe that fascism is nothing but the solidified will of the people against their (((oppressors)) and (((exploiters))). It's the tyranny of the majority (i.e. pure democracy) against the tyranny of the minority.

    Fine by me.

  6. The Italian Fascists and German Nazis were both Left movements. Radical Left, you could call them. The biggest trick the Left ever pulled was convincing so many that Hitler wasn't one of them.

  7. The premise of capitalism is that competition encourages innovation. They only way to preserve that is to break up corporate monopolies. Also much of the FIRE Economy(Finance, Insurance) as opposed to the productive economy should be turned into public utilities.


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