Political thought since WW 1 falls into three categories: Communism, Fascism and Capitalism. The concept of Populism is not only non existent as a term and definition but it was ascribed to Reagan and will continue attribution to Trump by the enemies of 100 year old Capitalism. Populism derives its name from the 1900’s Progressive, anti Capitalist movement as the evolution was popular yet thought only as temporary.
Enemies of Capitalism are Communism and Fascism and each shared a 100 year rise since the 1860’s industrial revolution under Karl Marx yet it strengthened every 10 years under Democratic Party Presidential Administrations starting with foundations under Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt. Both allowed further Democratic Party Administrations to build coalitions through policy from government for the purpose to grow government. As government grew in the name of social policies, capitalism was absorbed into government’s orbit and created terms such as big government liberalism V small government conservatism.
The dividing line of small government and private sector growth under capitalist practices would soon leave in favor of bigger government as solutions to every social and business problem in every succeeding generation. The result in the modern day was not only government as a failure but the oxymoron is government became the most successful organization the world has ever seen as government imposed its tax policy will against Capitalist practices.
Trump understands this modern day disaster as a business person and its why Trump’s mission is to rightsize the destruction caused by government. Trump is a pure pragmatist but subordinated to his own guiding principles and its why he fails under Liberal / Conservative thought lines that contained former Republican presidential successes. As a pragmatist and not beholden to preconceived liberal / conservative thought then allows Trump to freely achieve his policy mission in a ” do whatever it takes mentality”. Do whatever it takes is Trump’s greatest strength, least understood and even feared because its not defined nor was ever seen by a modern day president since Franklin Roosevelt.
The power of Trump is found in the landslide votes received in states and counties and its where he will find his success as he cuts government, allows the masses to prosper and maintain presence in the White House to 2024. The lines are drawn and confrontations will be seen from Trump and voters Vs 100 year entrenched communist thought and interests inside government as well as the private organizations established to support the government movement.
Trump signaled this confrontation long ago as he called his voters and continues to speak directly to his voters as a movement. When Income taxes passed under Wilson in 1913 and the 1935 Wagner Act passed under Roosevelt to allow unions, the 100 year government movement began its decade after decade march. Trump has every ability to not only cut the movement down to size, change its direction and possibly destroy it . Trump would classify then as the only President beside Reagan to ever seriously and directly challenge the small elite yet well financed government movement.
Trump’s immediate confrontations and opposition to hear and understand his capitalist policy message is derived from the news media as the media surrendered to powers of the government movement dating to at least the 1970’s. The news media’s job as the first line of defense for the Democratic Party is define Trump, his policies and place both inside a box to take down Trump and policy.
Trump’s job and press briefing mission is speak directly to the masses to identify false reporting, hit hard and marginalize reporters and organization who refuse to conform to the forgotten practices of Journalism. The fight is in the correct message as Alinsky meets Alinsky in Rules for Radicals number 13 to freeze the target, personalize and polarize.
The unknown in Trump’s capitalist movement is the type of private/ Democratic Party financed organizations now forming to directly challenge Trump and his message. Organizations and protests under Reagan included Unions, Peace, Hollywood, Civil and Gay rights. The news media assisted in story after story mind control how Reagan would create war, workers would lose jobs, Americans would lose Government benefits and persons of color would lose civil rights. Protests then were limited to specific cities while today a sophistication was brought by the multi city mass protest and specific to an issue such as Black Lives Matter and the Women’s March. The anti economic Trump message will surely arrive.
Trump’s first priority must be cut taxes to allow voters and masses to retain money but also to bring economic success, long lost over the past eight years. Once voters and masses are strengthened, speed to further policy successes will gain momentum and opposition will diminish
Trump’s presidency represents more than the 100 year Capitalist / Communist divide on a collision course since ideological counterparts Theresa May rose to power in the UK. Further ideological counterparts face voters this spring in France, Germany and the Netherlands. For the first time in 100 years, the free ride in the Communist movement faces serious challenges and may again see capitalism in ascendancy.
Brian Twomey, Inside the Currency Market, btwomey.com