… 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.
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.
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.
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.