Trump’s election may represent the last gasp of a dying power structure. Ironically, his election may also accelerate the speed with which said power shifts to other parts of the globe.
Trump seems to believe that the world will kneel to the supremacy of American military might. There are a number of flaws in this thinking, the least of which is the idea that we can bully nations through military might in the 21st century.
Trump and his supporters seem to believe he and they can forestall the path of globalization through brute force. They think that they can leverage American might to force nations to allow us to maintain global dominance.
That will not happen. Unlike reality TV, when parties to a contract reach a point at which the pain exceeds the profit, they will walk away.
America can either acknowledge the shifting global world and be a value added participant, or choose isolation and ethnocentrism.
Before you close this tab, consider the definition coined by Aaron James.
An asshole is someone who:
allows himself to enjoy special advantages in social relations out of an entrenched sense of entitlement that immunizes him against the complaints of other people
Such people know and recognize there are social boundaries that exist for the common good. However, they believe themselves entitled to be above such boundaries. They push passed the boundaries of civility knowing most of us will not act. They stop short of the line at which we will act.
Donald John Trump is the epitome of James’ philosophy of assholes.
He’s also set to test the limits of our democratic instituitons. It is the horrifying to watch the system bend to his will. It’s horrifying to watch the GOP in the form of Ryan and McConnell smile and nod.
Are we strong enough to stand up to this strongman?