Trump is not the next Augustus

… but neither is he the next Caligula.

Like many people in the online edge-osphere, I am quite interested in the idea of a Donald Trump presidency, even though I myself am not an American. The energy surrounding The Don can be detected across the pond to the extent where the British government entertained the idea of banning him from entering the country.

What makes Trump stand-out, as we all know, is his staunch antiprogressive, antiglobalist, antiweakness sentiment. That is not to say that, when he is elected P.O.T.U.S., he will install a dictatorship, put Mexicans into workcamps and Jews into ovens, but, rather, his rhetoric and general style screams “success” and “power,” even if such success and power are found for the most part on the material plane.

One million dollars in a place like this is not as much as you’d expect.

Trump is not a reactionary or a capital-“T” Traditionalist. He will not restore the ancien regime and declare himself pontifex maximus. He is not a kshatriya or a brahmin, he is clearly a vaishya; he is no warrior, but, rather, a very skilled worker. According to some his I.Q. is over 150, and that is not to consider his clear success in life in business. Working real estate in New York — one of the toughest markets in the world — and turning a $1,000,000 loan from his father into over $10,000,000,000 shows that Trump is no fool as some would have us believe, whatever his I.Q. is. As Stefan “One Dollar” Molyneux rather excellently explained in a video presentation refuting many of the media lies about Trump, his margin of failure in business is incredibly low (of his 500+ business ventures, only a handful have actually failed, a success rate virtually unheard of in big business).

In his 1987 bestseller The Art of the Deal, Trump tells us that he “[does not] do it for the money. I’ve got enough, much more than I’ll ever need. I do it to do it. Deals are my art form.” Everything he does is done for a more subtle, nuanced reason that one would expect. Simply because Trump has likely never heard of Corneliu Codreanu does not mean that he is your average brutish materialist looking for the next wad of cash. There is more to it than that. Trump concludes his bestseller with a few paragraphs under the subheading “What’s Next”:

Fortunately, I don’t know the answer, because if I did, that would take half the fun out of it.

This much I do know: it won’t be the same.

I’ve spent the first twenty years of my working life building, accumulating and accomplishing things that many said could not be done. The biggest challenge I see over the next twenty years it to figure out some creative ways to give back some of what I’ve gotten.

I don’t just mean money, although that’s part of it. It’s easy to be generous when you’ve got a lot, and anyone who does, should be. But what I admire most are people who put themselves directly on the line. I’ve never been terribly interested in why people give, because their motivation is rarely what it seems to be, and it’s almost never pure altruism. To me, what matters is the doing, and giving time is far more valuable than just giving money.

In my life, there are two things I’ve found I’m very good at: overcoming obstacles and motivating good people to do their best work. One of the challenges ahead is how to use those skills as successfully in the service of others as I’ve done, up to now, on my own behalf.

Don’t get me wrong. I also plan to keep making deals, big deals, and right around the clock.

#brotheroftheyear — I got my brother The Art of the Deal for his 18th. He was a die-hard liberal six months ago; now he’s basically a reactionary.

There is an underlying spirit to Trump’s endeavours which strongly differentiates him from other businessmen — indeed, I believe it is this spirit which is not only responsible for his extraordinary success in material life, but also what is propelling his political career.

If it was truly just his ego which was pushing him to run for the highest temporal office in the contemporary world, would he withstand death threats, attempts on his life and the reputation of the brand he has spent nearly half a century building? Trump only has things to lose by running for president.

Think about it. You have spent your entire working life, after inheriting your father’s company, accumulating wealth, making deals, organising backroom meetings, managing multiple projects and billions of dollars. You have established a brand by the twentieth work year which is recognised all over the world, from Beijing to London to New York, involving the work of not only yourself but that of thousands of employees, contractors, middle-men and competitors. The family name adorns skyscrapers and high-class clothing and jewellery and you are known internationally by politicians and ordinary folk alike for your skill in business and finance.

At your sixty-eighth year, you have the option of retiring with your supermodel wife to endless holidays, luxuries et all as your three eldest children — all of whom who have grown-up to be spotless masters of their crafts just like their father — inherit the family name and continue your legacy, and your two youngest children grow into their privileged lives full of potential and growing room without a worry in the world. You can die after twenty years of pleasures peacefully in your sleep, your star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame stays undefaced, your memory lives on in television and business for decades to come, and your children carry on the Trump name with prestige and pride.

Or, alternatively, you can run to become the president of the United States of America.

I am totally convinced that Trump is running, to put it in his own words, “to give something back.” I do not believe for a second that there is any vanity or indulgence in what he is choosing to do. Facing unprecedented hatred from the established media, threats of assassination, and worse possibly to come, Trump is literally putting his life on the line. And for what?

If he becomes president and does a good job, then so be it. That is what he set out to do, to “Make America Great Again.” The millions of his own dollars he spent on his campaign would have been worth it for the good of the American people — the potential good he could do, potentially impacting many generations to come, would surely outshine his spontaneous acts of generosity in the past by lightyears.

However, if he becomes president and fails to do what he set-out to do… he will die a failure, a joke. His brash rhetoric proving that he was all bark and no bite, his children humiliated as well as the family’s name he has spent his entire life promoting and building-up.

Trump has much more to lose personally that to gain from running for office. And that is exactly why he will do his best to be a good president.

Make no mistake, I do not think for a second that Trump will, in his policies, be as radical as some would assert. I think he will build the wall, he will re-establish America as the world’s foremost trading power, he will encourage peaceful relations with Russia and the like, and he will — to some small measure — M.A.G.A., at least from the contemporary perspective.

But he is not a spiritual leader. He is not a priest or a brahmin, as has been noted. However, in my opinion, none of that is actually what is important.

Trump Frustrated
“A nimble navigator…”

The policies a Trump government might implement might of course be a hell of a lot better than those, say, of a Hillary or Sanders or Cruz government, but that is not why a Trump America will really be important. Indeed, it is the underlying spirit of Trump which is important, thus the underlying spirit of a Trump America.

Trump, as we are all (hopefully) familiar, is smashing the overton window apart. His brash, unapologetic talk of the U.S.’s southern border, of Islamic fundamentalism, of other countries ripping-off America in trade (something mentioned in The Art of the Deal, might I add) spits right in the face of progressive ninnydom where the softest perception of potential “oppression” is seen as some monolithic evil. Trump has said that he “has no time for political correctness,” and, indeed, America (and the broader Occident) does not. Our demographic situation is only facilitated by the ideology of pathologically altruistic liberalism — something Trump does not pander to.

The plague of soft liberal ideology, priming us for the blades and bullets of hostile foreign bodies and even native threats, is something Trump is clearly an affront to. His entire life has been about success and power, the gathering of resources and influence for the self — for the “me” as opposed to just giving everything away because you might look like a meanie. Trump does not care about looking like a meanie, and even though it is obvious that he is not one, he has no time for weakness. For decades the man has been in a self-assertive state of mind, and this will clearly influence not only the policies his government would implement, but also the underlying psycho-spiritual tone of his government and its presence. This bodes extremely well for Europe and Right-wing, nationalist groups therein.

If we are to ever see a rebuilding, a rejuvenation, a rebirth, then it must begin from within. People must individually believe that it is not immoral to impose themselves upon the world. Western man, right now, is chronically afraid of his own shadow, in Jungian terms, and the powerful presence of a Trump America would certainly symbolise the challenging of that mindset. It would be okay again to be successful and powerful, and indeed act morally with that power — or at the very least, such sentiments would find the American presence as not as inhibitive to such thoughts.

It is the symbolism of an “America First” foreign policy which could clearly signal to the European and broader Western Right and so forth that they have some support; it is not the world against them anymore, at least not to the degree that it was several years ago.

Trump will be no Augustus — a famed warrior-emperor and builder of spiritual bridges. Nor will he be a Caligula — a promising shot who ultimately went insane and was assassinated by his own praetorian guard along with his mother due to it. Trump, ultimately, will be a Cincinnatus — a humble man who did his duty, who did what was right in a time of need, and was remembered thereafter for his honourable actions, influencing people for ages to come. He is a step in the right direction — he is not the be-all and end-all; but a leaning towards something healthier than both neoconservative hysteria and progressive nihilism.


8 thoughts on “Trump is not the next Augustus

    1. My name is Adam, not Ben.

      EDIT: I seem to’ve taken your comment rather too seriously. If I ever call into FDR (it’s unlikely) I’ll be sure to let you know. πŸ˜‰

  1. Great piece. Trump is more of a sign of a shift in the collective consciousness than one of hard policy changes–though his presidency could prove that wrong.

  2. You have some interesting points here especially since he is now the most powerful man in the world (so it goes with being President of the US).

    As someone who is interested in how the left will respond to Trump’s vision of America, in my opinion Trump represents what the left abhors, a throwback to 1980s America. The left thinks that America has gone backward with this election and they firmly believe that it’s up to them to get America (their vision of the country of course) back on the right track.

    Two things as I close.

    First, I would like to say that I saw this coming. When the American left elected President Obama, you could hear his supporters yelling at the top of their lungs about how payback was about to happen to all those evil ‘white people’ who had screwed up the country since its inception. It didn’t matter what color people were, liberals on the left felt it was time for America to oust the evil white people and to install a new government based on what they thought was fair and right.

    Obama’s actions as President and his rhetoric certainly made it clear for the last eight years that he was trying to move America towards a nation where white Anglo Saxons would soon become the minority. Personally, I found this disturbing. I was a liberal who believed that everyone, no matter what their skin shade, deserved equal protection under the law and in the court of public opinion. That made perfect sense to me. Obama was going to give this country the chance to have everyone be honest with each other and the sins of the past would melt away as our nation would enter a new era of harmony amongst our people. But, I guess this dream had more fairy dust in it than actual truth.

    Personally, I liked Obama but when it became clear to me that I (a ‘white,’ straight, Christian leaning male) would now be expected to be treated as a second class citizen in ‘Obama’s America’ who could be called a racist and told to shut up or have my character assassinated online whenever I disagreed with anything that Obama did and said, I decided that the Democrat party was no longer the party for me and that Obama was nothing more than a used car salesman/politician who lusted only for power.

    I moved more towards accepting the ideas of classic liberalism and found myself agreeing more and more with the Libertarian party as the left continued to label me as a racist just because I was born white. I couldn’t believe what was going on. This wasn’t the country Obama talked about. This country was becoming something much worse.

    So, where am I now? I find it humorous that the left continues to label Trump supporters idiots, racists, and whatever else their small non-inclusive brains can think of. They just can’t wrap their heads around the fact that the left pissed off the wrong people. The left, by labeling people haters and racists, woke up the sleeping giant who went to the polls in November and elected anyone besides a continuation of the same bullshit that they’ve heard for the let eight years. And by electing ‘anyone but Hillary,’ or as I see her, (Obama on steroids), the left created the Trump presidency.

    So face it liberals, like the Republicans in 2008, you got what was coming to you. Now take your medicine and deal with it. Who knows what will happen with a Trump Presidency? Then again, with the way people are acting, who knows what the next four years will be like. It’s gonna be interesting. Personally, I’m looking forward to it.

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