Way back at the dawn of the internet age, the people paid to promote the interests of the ruling elite came up with the phrase “new economy” to describe the rise of electronic commerce. The idea was that it was not just a different way of doing the same stuff, internet sites instead of catalogs, for example, but a new type of economics. The old idea of a business having a building, employees and profits, was being replaced by the virtual business that existed as idea on-line, without a defined physical presence.

This idea that we were about to step through the barrier between the world governed by classical economics into a new world controlled by new economics was very popular with the business press. Guys like James Glassman wrote books about stock valuations based on this new form of economics, where companies that had no assets and no profits, had stratospheric share prices. These predictions were hilariously wrong in the short term, but the whole new economy stuff has proven to be false in the long run too.

As Peter Thiel explains in his book, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future, the key to this “new” economy is an idea as old as civilization. That is, the successful enterprise first seeks a monopoly or control of some bottleneck in the economy, in order to extract rents from the market. By gaining monopoly control of a market or critical juncture in a market, the enterprise is then able to operate like a highwayman, demanding money from those conducting normal commerce.

This is why technology companies quickly moved from creating innovative technology to creating barriers between themselves and competitors. The abuse of the patent system, for example, is about raising barriers to entry. There is nothing all that clever about what PayPal does, but they operate as a monopoly because they own patents on just about anything required to build a competitive service. The last mile of walling themselves off from competition is active collusion with the banks to keep out competitors.

The result is the new economy looks a lot like a very old economy, the one we used to call feudalism. A small number of people control vast swaths of property, forcing everyone else to accept a vassal relationship. They can effectively control entire sectors of the economy, simply by maintaining control of key points or by maintaining near monopoly status in certain areas. Google and Apple control the mobile phone market, by controlling the mobile OS. That’s why an open source alternative has never appeared.

That’s the real value of market dominance. A useful example from the classical period is how Athens rose to dominance after the Persian wars. The Athenians did not have to control every polis in order to be the regional hegemon. They had the biggest navy, so they could control the seas, which forced the other city states to submit to the leadership of Athens. In other words, controlling the choke point, the sea lanes, gave Athens control of commerce, which forced everyone else to follow the lead of Athens.

Just as the Greco-Persian wars shattered the old relationships in Greece, allowing Athens to transcend the other city-states, the internet shattered the old economic relationships, allowing these new robber barons to rush in and make themselves market hegemons. Now they are taking this power and doing the same for the flow of information and control of political discourse. This story about what Apple is plotting is a great example. The New York Times used to be a gatekeeper, but now they will be a vassal to Apple.

There are two things worth noting about the true nature of the “new” economy. One is it is more proof that a core tenet of libertarianism is false. Markets do not naturally devolve into ad hoc competitions with low barriers to entry. In fact, there is no such thing as a natural market. Without some central authority, willing to use force, to maintain a market, eventually a handful of oligarchs rise up to control the market. Once they control the market, they turn everyone else in that market into a vassal.

The other thing, the more important thing, is that the real enemy of the West is not our increasingly bizarre political class. In fact, their bizarre rantings are probably a symptom tied to the growing oligarchical power of the tech and finance giants. Lacking real power, the politic class is then free to indulge in bizarre behavior. The new oligarchs are subverting the political class by providing them with a lifestyle they believe they deserve and protecting them from competition. It’s why 2016 was so horrifying to them.

It’s also why in the aftermath of 2016, the oligarchs invested heavily in stamping out dissent. They were sure their “soft” methods had worked to rig all elections as a choice between their two preferred choices. The results of 2016 refuted that, so they have gone to the use of “hard” power with naked censorship and de-platforming. Soon, the oligarchs will control enough to make sure the theater of democracy is exactly that, theater. This may be why Trump is so eagerly becoming a stooge for the people he once opposed.

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  1. Good summation of where we are at. The three current and future disruptors that the elite face that could throw a wrench in their control are:

    1. The people that they are bringing in to replace the heritage populations are disruptors in their own right. The new brown horde wants gibs and they want them now along with high taxes on the rich and corporations to pay for them. The replacements and the empowered women folk feel they deserve control of those oligarchies. BioLeninism matches forward. Plus, few like the Chosen.

    2. Guns. White men don’t mind losing their freedom of speech or right to association but they will be damned if they are going to lose their guns. The elite would like to disarm the populace and the replacements don’t come from societies that have gun rights. Plus, they don’t like the idea of so many of the people that they are replacing having guns. This could get lively.

    3. The replacements hate each other. That is a double edged sword for the elite. Pitting tribes against each other is their plan. But the power alliances may form in ways the oligarchs don’t want

  2. I’m late to the party on this thread. But the NYT CEO is about 20+ years too late to worry about Apple making its own content to move on their own pipeline and bypass the good old NYT. After all, NYT et al were happy to be in on the leading edge of the cool new internet thingie by giving away their content for free. Apparently they did not realize that they were giving away the store. Once they woke up it was too late.

    But what makes him think that Apple will be any good at the content creation business_? Back in the day, if you had to present at a Senior Exec meeting and seem smart but were out of ideas, you could always dust off the ‘Microsoft is Going to Take Over the World, look at all the cash they’re sitting on’ slide deck. Didn’t happen, of course.

    Every organization/polity has hidden weaknesses and limitations that are exposed by time, stress and change. Turned out Microsoft mainly burned up stockholder money on new ventures they were no good at.

    Re Oligarchs: There is always predation of lesser predators by greater ones, or new ones, or competitors. As a pretty pure example, I remember seeing all the many castles along the Rhein for the first time. I asked, “What were they all for_?” Answer: “Robber barons who prayed on the river traffic. You paid up or you didn’t get past.” Me, But they’re all wrecked. What happened_?” Answer, “The Emperor wrecked them all, one at a time.” Me, “Why did he do that_? Didn’t they know enough to give him a cut_?” Answer, “Sure, they knew that, but the Hansa Cities on the coast paid the Emperor more to keep the river open. And this way he got to keep their lands for himself. “

  3. Things will get worse until they get better. Consolidation of fiat wealth and political power will continue to centralize and be dominated by a relatively small cabal of techno-tyrants. Ultimately the peasants will revolt (see Yellow Vest Movement), and government’s response will escalate from a crackdown to violent repression. Voting is not going to stop a tyrannical techno-government from imposing it’s will on the sheeple. A different paradigm is necessary.

    • read how French Revolution started – Hopefully, we will use the vote instead of “Madame la Guillotine” “You can fool some of the people all of the time……..” What we have is a Noveaux Anccien Regime. It will fall like the original “Ancien Regime” inevitably did.

  4. One thing I noticed about libertarians when I was in college, and it was a philosophy I toyed with because I was a wonder bread white kid from the suburbs with the kidney shaped pool and charm glow grill in the back yard, is that so many of them drove old hatchbacks from the mid to late 80’s. A lot of Sciroccos, a lot of Civics. All with at least one bumper sticker if not three. I said to myself, if this philosophy is so great, why aren’t these people in at least a new C Class? The people who did well pretty much avoided politics altogether and thought the whole thing was a joke.

    • Whatever you think of libertarians, I hold this group more responsible for the state of things today:

      The people who did well pretty much avoided politics altogether and thought the whole thing was a joke.

      Now the joke is on them.

      “Hey, while you were building your swimming pool and preening in your fancy car, the coalition of the aggrieved was organizing your enslavement and replacement. Zing!”

  5. Darth Vader here aka a patient liar aka a patent lawyer. If we abandon protection for innovation, we get looted on grand scale as China and India are doing to us now. If we continue protection of innovation, the system will be gamed by big business and banksters. I’ve argued for a radical overhaul of the US IP system, retaining some aspects and introducing novel ones. (I won’t doxx myself by describing various proposals.) Many of us who work our own patent mines loathe the current system, we are attempting to change it, but the monied interests want to maintain their advantage and with so many folks tuned out to our rather boring area of law (for them) the likelihood we can succeed within our lifetimes is between slim and none with slim on vacation.

    • Destroy the cultural commons and the sort of problems you face daily become more and more commonplace. In every sphere of our syphilization.

      Deal with the problems at a more foundational level and many things that seem hopeless will become doable. Not easy but possible.

      If we can’t get the biology and cultural commons right we’ll have zero chance of dealing effectively with problems on smaller scales.

      • I’ve got to say.’syphilization’ is incredibly creative! I’m going to put that in the bank and save it for a rainy day.

    • Yes, that’s a problem. Nobody is going to take the streets with angry placards over patent law reform.

      • “Give me a large-eared anthropomorphic mouse or give me death!”

        “Live with a generic broad spectrum antibiotic or die! Death is not the worst of evils!”

        “Don’t tread on my generic automated epinephrine injector!”

        • Don’t excite me Vizzini, that sends a tingle up my leg. You are welcome in my patent mine.

  6. Oligarchy is the natural pattern of human behavior, that must be disrupted for any advancement to take place. This goes down to our basic Christian roots. The idea that money changers in the temple, or even a temple of commerce, can corner a spread as they create their own currency of the temple, goes to the basic fairness for civilization to grow.

    Had a libertarian watched Jesus flip the tables in the temple, he would have said, actually, the moneychangers had a natural right to be there, as they were the smartest people with the sharpest elbows. If you don’t like them maybe you should open your own money changer booth next to them and undercut them (and get your head chopped off by a bribed Roman soldier). It’s a philosophy that’s well tuned to the raw power of government, which is true, but is stone deaf and blind to the raw power of commerce and the manipulation and accumulation of power in that sphere.

    I live under the wrath of now bankrupt PG&E, and the highest electricity rates with the most outages in the country. I would love to start my own power company in California. It would be so much better.

    • PG&E bill for a friend in Nevada City, CA approx. $700.00/month. My Rocky Mt. Power winter bill in southern Utah approx. $50.00/month with the help of a modern stylish wood burning stove and backup modern Trane heater. An Oakland pension goes a long way here.

      • It’s not out of the ordinary to have a bill like that. I’m on the coast, I don’t even need an AC unit pumping away in the summer. Inland people have it even worse. An electric bill approaching a mortgage payment. So they sign in blood for these solar panel contracts that have all kinds of fine print. And the panels don’t age well by the way. I will never deface my roof with those monstrosities.

    • Debt jubilees provided a re-set vs. the natural tendency of wealth and debt to cluster/accumulate, but our present money-changers would never stand for it. Cloward-Pivenining the system on this may be the only solution.

      This is hard – I have Pavlov-level conditioning to worship the economy and to equate debt with immorality. Z’s recent pieces on morality in politics & recent podcasts (e.g. “The Olds”) have helped.

      Whites-as-a-minority need to learn to see “The System” as their enemy and stop listening to our internalized Ben Shapiros telling us to treat corporations like people with moral agency.
      Those of us blessed with redneck roots have better instincts for this. In-group loyalty, out-group indifference if not outright hostility. Learning to be “bad citizens” will be hard, but it’s more fun than playing a sucker’s game.

  7. Back when I was swanning around in lolbertarian circles, I remember that there was a large cohort of them that were bitterly opposed to the concepts of intellectual property, especially patents. Patents were (and are) entirely creatures of the state of course and that was the basis of their animus. It was around this time that the big corporations were spraying money at lobbyists in Brussels in order to get the EU to agree to the definition of patent being extended to software applications. I know this because (confession time) I was one of those lobbyists.*

    But maybe there is the glimmer of an opportunity here: if we can undermine the ethical basis for patents then maybe we can expose globohomo’s soft underbelly?

    *I know, I know. I’m sorry now.

    • The U.S. government has already been sold – look at the recent Israel votes. Time for the people to cash in as well. Sell your vote to the highest bidder. $1000 per month is the best offer we have so far. Make them outright bid cash for your loyalty like the worst days of Rome. Then use that as walk-away money. Loyalty is supposed to be reciprocal. The Empire doesn’t feel any loyalty toward us. Let’s take their money then bail for something better.

  8. You didn’t mention the near-oligopoly of Visa/Mastercard in payment processing which is at least as big a threat as suppression of speech.

  9. I saw the tech giants insightfully described as the “shadow government,” who can punish people and take away their rights just like a government can.

    It seems like the Trump election spooked the oligarchs into a de facto coup, testing the idea that they are more powerful than the government, and that in fact they can become the government.

    Unfortunately, maybe they can.

    • Unfortunately, they *are*! We have a government in name only. Really, they’re enforcers of oligarchic desires.

  10. Patents need to be limited to real engineering. For example, some develops a new semiconductor material or process should be able to patent it. However, patents on software or business methods should be eliminated.

    • “If I were King,” I would impose “use it or lose it” patent protection. The ability to implement, rather than just invent, would take precedence – if you’re sitting on a tech and someone else is ready to run with it, the doer takes the patent. Patents should be a race to market, not a race to the patent office.

  11. I think that zman’s analysis is astute but would like to add that the “techigarchs” are reliant on the state courts and the legal system to enforce their intellectual property rights (patents, in this case). Infringe their patents and they will rush off to the courts to get you shitcanned.

    So really it is more of a symbiosis. That said, we are now modern peasants toiling in our Lord’s fields. The last feudal age ended because of the Black Death.

    • Africa is the only growing population that’s expected to grow past 2075 and beyond. We can all see what’s happening to South African infrastructure.

      Puts quite the spin on the term “Black Death”.

  12. The zman is losing it: in his zeal to belittle libertarians (Was he molested by Murray Rothbard as a child?) he fails to note the cognitive dissonance of claiming that the oligarchical position bestowed by ownership of patents demands a regulator. That patents are a construct of the market regulator apparently escapes him.

    • That the patent system is abused shows that our government is corrupt, serving the elite and neglecting their entire reason for existing. They should have stepped in long ago to prevent this kind of abuse.

      • I agree.

        I’ve posted this before

        ” The Congress shall have Power To…promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries….”

        Article I, Section 8, Clause 8

        “to Authors and Inventors” nowhere mentions “Or their designee’s”
        and therefore limits them to at a maximum of the A&I’s lifetimes. “for limited times” implies less.
        There was never an intent that they should be a tool for rent collectors.
        A hard and fast 20 years would seem reasonable to my jaundiced eye.

  13. As the oligarchs clamp down more and more accelerationism on our side seems to be rising even more rapidly.

    The Alt Right, because we’ve engaged in wrong think for so long and have paid a price for it, we’ve learned to hold back quite a bit.

    Have you noticed what’s going on in the normicon sphere? Twitter and the comments on Breitbart make the TRS guys and even Cantwell sound reserved.

    As things become more and more heated as the election approaches all bets are off.

    Because almost everyone on this blog has adjusted to the way things actually operate and understands what’s at stake if we cross a certain line, we take a very long view.

    But normies are, thanks to the accelerationism of our enemies, going from 0 to full 88 very very quickly.

    Open talk of open warfare on sites like The Daily Beast and Breitbart(they are scrubbing the calls for civil war) are appearing almost daily.

    • See more and more the Breitbartian attitude of “Fuck you. War!” on the part of what you’d consider “normies”. Apologizing or compromising simply invites a follow up beatdown, so what is there to lose?

      • There’s always a lot to lose, but anyone that still believes we live in Founder’s America is a fool.

    • The question that we have to ask is: “how many consecutive democrat presidents can normie take?”. The 2020, 2024, 2028 and 2032 elections become increasingly easy wins for Democrats. If we get Kamala Harris in 2020 and 2024, then Republicans lose in 2028 AND 2032 (to say Ilhan Omar) does a Normie mob march into the North Dakota (Texas is gone by then) state capital and demand the governor declare independence?

      • My bet is things come to a head much sooner. Biggest mistake people make is linear extrapolation. I recall articles on the “inevitable” demographic changes that had Republicans extinct long before now. Also, always bet on one or more exogenous factors that serve to “throw the table over”. Recall Mearsheimer’s “Why We’ll Soon Miss the Cold War”, published back in 1990 during the End of History congratulatory days…Fukuyama and the extrapolators turned out to be wrong. Mearsheimer was right.

    • There’s a good segment on Radio Derb today about the “Law of the Excluded Middle.”

      Derb claims that the left now operates on the principle that, on every political issue, you should (a) completely conform to the ever-shifting far-left party line or (b) lose your job, go to jail and/or starve to death simply for holding a different opinion.

      In a word, this is totalitarianism. Or maybe more old-fashioned, theocracy.

      Even Breitbart readers can see that if that’s how they want to play it, we have few peaceful outs.


    • “Open talk of open warfare”…
      I haven’t seen this much talk of actual civil war since ’68. Back then there were only a handful of underground papers and would be players; nowadays there are hundreds of blogs, millions of fed-up people.
      Interesting times ahead.
      How do we defuse the situation, and advance our agenda?

      • You don’t defuse the situation, you stand your ground. Every inch, every day. What comes of it, comes of it.

      • How do we defuse the situation, and advance our agenda?

        Defusing the situation and advancing our agenda are not necessarily compatible goals. Why would we want to defuse the situation?

        • To buy time? Let’s face it the de-platforming, de-banking, etc. has hindered every non-conforming view on both sides from being aired. I’m not posing any answers because I don’t have any.

  14. I think Trump is doing fine considering he’s had every leftist on earth badmouthing him 24/7/365 for over two years. Here’s a guy who won an election and instead of stepping into office stepped into a clusterf*ck from all directions. I voted for him and I will again but I sure wouldn’t want to be in his place. And that’s the first time I ever said that about a billionaire.

    • Your profile pic is exactly the face I have in mind for the commentor everytime I read another tired Trump apologia.

      • Oh my god Clifton so right LOL

        This being a dissident right blog, I’m surprised at the number of normie Trumpers here who haven’t clued into Trump yet. We all need our heroes, so I’m not gonna be too hard on older Trumpers. But, yeah, try and wise-up fellas.

    • Respectfully disagree. No leftist on earth made him jettison the MAGA staff and replace them with Never-Trumpers in the White House. That’s on him (or possibly Javanka, which is still him.)

  15. Human instinct is always toward monopoly. Back at the “dawn” got tasked with evaluating every new internet start up that showed up on the doorstep with a plan to “revolutionize” our particular corner of the financial services industry. With few exceptions, every pitch was a proposal to create a tolling mechanism that was largely additive to costs already embedded in the business. Of course the current economics couldn’t support that, nor could the pitchers really explain what value they created. In the days when capital got thrown at business plans written on cocktail napkins, most of these were just a proposed capital structured looking for a business–“hey buddy, want some Series H convertible preferred?” What’s interesting 22 years and a couple crashes later, there is still relatively little innovation that has led to anything that one might consider revolutionary or a “new economy”. In fact mostly incumbents consolidating and increasing their regulatory capture.

    • The trend towards monopoly is a lesson from the ancient world onward. They don’t seem to be stable though. It’s like the angle of repose becomes to steep and everything falls back to the bottom, at first slowly then quickly. Seen through the long lens of history it looks like a reset, getting rid of all the extraneous things that have piled on over time, and then building again from a stable foundation. But I bet in the immediate it didn’t feel that way.

  16. The NYT doesn’t want to become subservient to Apple. The NYT wants to keep its own gatekeeper role and jam their crap down our throats. I can’t see where Apple would be any worse. A pox on all their houses, as far as I am concerned.

  17. Give Trump some credit. It’s him and him alone versus the Leviathan. 99.99% of “conservatives” are cowering in the corner, afraid of their own shadows. No sacrificing their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor for them.

    Herr Mueller’s “investigation” has failed miserably. The ‘Rats are bark-at-the-moon insane. Every sentient American knows the Government is thoroughly corrupt from top to bottom and the country is looking into the abyss.

    When and if Trump wins re-election(or if he simply physically survives – not a given what with our rogue “Intelligence Agencies”)he can be a much more effective President with a so-called “Popular Mandate.”

    Trump’s re-election is our last, very slim(and likely futile)chance at saving what’s left of this country.

    • I think “Trump is outgunned by the Blob and that’s why he can’t get anything done” and “Trump has played his hand poorly” are both true. Given that the former is a constant and the latter is within his control, it is not unreasonable to focus on the latter.

      • I wonder how much of his hand-playing is under his control. That is, is it changeable? Is he already playing it as well as he is able to play it? Has he reached his level of incompetence?

        • Why has he surrounded himself with Koch brothers and Goldman, Sachs? Why does he keep saying he wants to increase legal immigration?

          • I’ve thought about this. Is he compromised? Was he always on the other side? Maybe he just can’t be bothered? It’s too bad, really. A lot (too many) believed he was looking out for them. They were wrong.

        • Playing his hand MUST be accomplished through people, and there are quite a few people who are FAR better than Trump at lying. So he is bamboozled by them.

        • Alternatively, he’s following the maxim of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer.

      • Z…..Yes on both. Yes let’s analyze his faults. BUT no matter what asininity picked apart and observed in Trump, let’s not lose him votes. Yes he sets my hair on fire due to poor chess moves and the blob cornering him. Even if he goes full on Paul Ryan. We still need him to throw the spanner in the out-of-control ore cart wheels to SLOW DOWN the Socialist takeover for a few short years.
        I’m for slowing the decline as best we can. I knew this would be a short respite of 4-8 years before the full on Progressive evil nihilistic destructive tyranny descends on us. Am not willing to take the attitude “bring it on” and vote for Joltin’ Joe or any of them. We don’t know what kind of genie will be unleashed once he’s gone. One can speculate in this blog, but we don’t really know the future and so let’s slow our descent into the future abyss. Rappel down the cliff face slowly. Or you discover you forgot to knot the rope end. Or you discover you ran out of rope in mid descent.

        • We do know. He has no intention of doing anything about immigration, legal or illegal, full stop. That’s all that ever mattered.

          • BG…..forgive me, yet I am going to call you a short sighted one trick pony, and woefully ignorant. Yes he was mainly elected to curb immigration. Yes he f##### it all up. You’re missing this point: our country is past the point of no return of avoiding people of color tribalism and squabbling over the spoils. Check the latest demographics. It’s already here. Too damn late. Did you really expect a miracle?! Enter the world of realism. I’m grateful for the glass half full including the turd floating in it. The time will come when you’ll be glad for any water, turd or not! Trump has done well out here in the west which, of course, folks in the big cities and out east don’t have a clue what repression we are up against. The regulators have fought for 30 years to drive off the Wayne Hage family and take their ranch, and they have finally succeeded (look them up). Wayne Hage wrote about the regulators destroying ranching peoples’ lives in the West entitled STORM OVER RANGELANDS…buy it! He pardoned Steve and Dwight Hammond (look them up). He backed off the Obama land grab of Grand Staircase Escalante and 1.5 million acres in Bears Ears southeast Utah. You cosmopolitan folks may have the numbers, but we have the land. And my people will be fighting the damned civil war for you. I am not a purist. I’ll take what Trump can give us, disappointment and all, to back off a few regulators and slow the civilisational decline.

          • Interesting comment and perspective, RFF. Been thinking somewhat along those lines myself. Last fall sold house I’d owned at edge of former “Biggest Little City” for 20 yrs, and left state I’d been in for 40. California influx had overwhelmed culture and politics. Been traveling since and currently temporarily lodged in rural area far to the east. I believe that any effort to maintain old America, or fight back, will come from the rural areas and small towns of legacy America. (To be continued)

          • No BestGuest is correct. You are also correct that it’s too late. If Trump had deported anyone who was at any time a public charge and stopped new immigration it could have been turned around.

        • “We still need him to throw the spanner in the out-of-control ore cart wheels to SLOW DOWN the Socialist takeover for a few short years.”

          No. We do not.

          This is the cuck out to beat all. ‘Well, we can’t stop it but lets at least slow it down’. This is the dying oligarch grasping for his last few days knowing that all the money in the world cannot save him from inevitability.

          We need RAPID and aggressive accelerationism. A white people tax, reparations, and any company may only hire 25% max white employees. (just for starters) I’d also be for giving all black criminals one free ‘get out of jail free card’ even for murder or rape. Because they deserve this for all the oppression they have endured. More dead white women would be fantastic. Because nothing short of severe pain and hardship are going to get whitey away from feetsaball and muh civnat.

          Burn it down.

          • You walk all big like you have a set. I call bullshit on you. You couldn’t last 5 minutes in my world. Should you get what you want you’d piss all over yourself. You think you want the conflagration. Watch what you ask for; you may get it. Revolution is brutal. Settle down, watch a copy of Dr. Zhivago and see how well the fire of revolution was controlled.You are not exempt from the conflagration. We know how to set a backfire, and then some. Take your big dumb talk and go home, sonny. Don’t invoke for what you ask. My father would say, “Shout loud, point weak.”

      • Counter-Currents used the term “long con” a few days ago to describe the obvious and ever-widening gap between Campaign Trump and POTUS Trump. The more I think about it, the more it rings true. I was long-conned with everyone else, not saying “told you guys so” in any way. My Twitter was full of pro-Trump stuff through late last year.

        Trump played us well enough to get elected. There is too much within his control he could be doing that isn’t being done, even against unprecedented opposition inside and outside his administration. I no longer believe his heart was ever with us on immigration restriction or any other issues where we were at odds with BoomerCons. He froze out Jeff Sessions and ran Bannon off, never found a job for guys like Kobach, found jobs for Randhawa & Bolton, and Javanka sits on both sides of the throne instead of Buchanan and Coulter.

        My last straw was Trump’s claim (I think at CPAC, or a recent rally) that his success with the economy now made it necessary to import more Pajeets and Juans. I heard Tokyo Rose McCain’s ghost laughing at me.

        Never again, GOP. Never again.

        • Trump sold us hope. It’s likely, though not proven, he meant to screw us the whole time. That it was set up to keep the lid on the pot until the demographics got even worse.

    • Trump’s re-election is our last, very slim (and likely futile) chance at saving what’s left of this country.

      Wish it were so, Carl B., but in my heart I’m already a post-American.

    • It’s interesting how Mueller was finally able to conclude his investigation after Trump announced he’ll bring in more immigrants than ever and signaled that he will continue with neocon regime-change foreign policy. There will be no rescue from Trump. We are back on track and continuing on the globalists’ trajectory to destruction.

      • Mueller also concluded the investigation after Trump went full Big Chosen. Holocaust time at the SOTU. Denouncing as anti Semitic anything the tribe doesn’t like. Pro massive immigration. Golan to Israel.

    • @Carl B.
      “99.99% of “conservatives” are cowering in the corner, afraid of their own shadows.”

      This is why a complete political shakeup, as opposed to Trump, or any particular candidate is needed. Political parties subvert democracy, and the fewer political parties your country has the more democracy is subverted. Listen up, Yanks.

      Who do you vote for if you’re, let’s say, in favour of gun rights, but also pro-choice; anti-foreign wars, but in favour of public health care; anti-illegal immigration but in favour of a minimum wage?

      No one. You have no say. You’re forced onto a party platform, and have to accept the whole slate of its policies. The politicians use hot-button issues, like abortion or immigration, to convince us we need to fall in line with our political party of choice, but that party really doesn’t give a rat’s ass about us.

      What is needed is more direct democracy and less political party politics. Destroy the party systems as they currently exist. That can only happen if the people demand it. The political parties and the media that serves them will fight it tooth and nail.

      • “In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.”

        Friedrich Nietzsche

    • Caesar kept Mark Anthony close by. He was good in a fight, both in the field and in the political arena. If his enemies brought him down Anthony would bloody them.

      If politics is war by other means then the implicit threat of war still needs to be present. Bannon could have played this role. Since he left whom around Trump would his enemies find unnerving ? These are choices he made.

      There has always been a thuggish element to politics, even if only implicit. Look at our enemies. We engage in gentlemanly debate, they engage I genocide.

      • “He’s doing the best he can with the hand he’s been dealt.” Well, he’s not holding the same hand he was dealt in 2016. He’s had over a year and half to discard and draw from the deck many times, and he’s methodically thrown away the strong cards he held, like Bannon and a mobilized populace, and replaced them with weak-ass losing cards.

        When the Dems and traitor Republicans started their shenanigans, Trump should have been summoning Americans to marches on Washington. Marches that he would personally appear at and lead. People were ready and eager to respond, to follow up their historic vote with more action. When his enemies bleated about tyranny and authoritarianism, he should have given them a closeup look at what it’s like, and how it feels to be on the receiving end. A little of that in the first 6 months, and he wouldn’t have had to continue it.

        Instead, he took the George W. Bush route, and essentially told people to go shopping. The momentum was squandered, the strongest supporters in the White House were methodically culled, and now I wonder if he COULD get people fired up enough to go into the streets. They’ve seen what’s happened to all his other supporters; why should they stick their necks out now, when they know that he won’t do anything to help them when their enemies attack them?

    • How much credit should we give him for saying, at least five times, “I want people to come into our country in the largest numbers ever”? This is exactly the opposite of what he campaigned on, and the exact opposite of what I, and many millions, voted for. (To say nothing of the illegal alien invasion that grows larger by the day…) The only reasonable conclusions are either a) some group has damaging information on him that they are using to extort him, or b) he is simply the shallow, short attention span, person he appears to be. He has literally turned 180 degrees from a cultural nationalist to a right-libertarian slave of the almighty GDP. And now that the bond yield curve is inverted (signaling an economic slowdown and perhaps a recession) how do you think “people coming into the country in the largest numbers ever” is going to play? Sorry, no sale. Now I just want my $1,000.

      • $1000 is just Big Other’s opening offer. I’m aleady Tweeting counter-demands to Harris ($1500) & Gabbard ($1250). Tulsi gets a discount for making me believe she’s legit anti-War for Max Boot.

      • You forgot c) he was playing us the whole time and never meant a damn word he was saying.

        And yes give me my Yang bucks!

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