Remember when Donald Trump ran as the anti-establishment candidate? Everyone on both sides refused to question this narrative — people hated Clinton because she was “old,” “an insider,” and “corrupt.” Republican commentator Ben Shapiro even released a collection of columns on Trump in book form titled The Establishment Is Dead: The Rise And Election Of Donald Trump.
After John Bolton was fired, I warned anti-war activists that celebrating this was a bad idea while the man who hired John Bolton was still in the White House. Here’s what Trump tweeted today:
In fact, my views on Venezuela, and especially Cuba, were far stronger than those of John Bolton. He was holding me back!
John Bolton dubbed with Venezuela and Cuba (as well as Nicaragua for some reason) as part of the “Troika of Tyranny,” his failed attempt to create an “axis of evil.”
The idea of the establishment has been slowly phased out and replaced with the term “deep state.” A term so its oldest users, mostly notably writer David Icke, have said time and time again does also apply to President Donald Trump.
Despite that, Jerome Coris — previously giving such nonsensical books as Unfit For Command and Where’s The Birth Certificate — released his book Killing The Deep State: The Fight To Save President Trump just last year.
Populism Is For The Rich
What got me thinking about this was the release of Michelle Malkin’s new book Open Borders Inc.: Who’s Funding America’s Destruction. While I can not be sure, I would assume a woman who has two New York Times Bestselling books is quite rich herself.
Let’s not forgot that time Malkin doxxed many members of Students Against War causing them to be harassed by neo-cons, such as herself.
Ann Coulter is another such example (and, like Malkin, only became a populist after Trump said to). Considering she dismissed Ana Kasparian for not having a single bestseller, I would assume she’s quite loaded from all her writing. Yet the people who have wealth are telling middle-class business owners it’s them that are causing the world to end because they maybe hired an illegal immigrant.
And of course, there are the daddies of the populist right: Tucker Carlson and Donald Trump. Carlson grew up with a silver spoon in his mouth, going to a prestigious private school with a high tuition fee. Donald Trump got most of his wealth (including a “small loan of a million dollars”) from his father, and has gone bankrupt six times.
This has always been the case.
Populist-right hero Pat Buchanan was a top adviser to both Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. During those years he was a hardcore interventionist (as Hitchens once said “I must say that I had no idea, when I watched Buchanan flacking for Nixon in Vietnam and shouting for Reagan in Grenada and positively sobbing with ecstasy over Col. Oliver North (his Lindbergh surrogate) that he had been such a closet stay-at-home all along. It would certainly have been impressive if he’d said so at the time. But his latest effort is not presented as any kind of re-think or self-criticism. Rather, it shows how highly compatible the concepts of expansionism and racism are with the ideas of the parochial and the nativist.”). Buchanan only hates the current Republican Party because they wouldn’t hire him back — making him no better than John Dean or David Frum.
Populism Hates The Rich
I have nothing against these people having wealth. If they have written books that others have chose to buy, both my thinking the book is nonsense and it being nonsense are irrelevant. However, these are the same people who wish to declare class warfare on those who disagree with them and also happen to not be homeless.
A perfect example of this is after David Koch died. The right-wing news outlet Terror House Magazine (ran by Matt Froney, a RooshV want-to-be who made up a fake woman to complain about oral sex) said the following:
I’m happy that David Koch is dead, and the only thing I’m sad about is the fact that Charles Koch is still alive. Libertarians are traitors to America and should be shoved back into the lockers as the nerds that they are. Burn in Hell.
While this was going on, Ben Shapiro was on a crusade against anyone on the left who said just this — while he of course said he was happy Howard Zinn died back in 2010.
What did David Koch do that annoyed him so much: Well he “actively made America worse by promoting neoliberalism, deregulation, low wages, and mass immigration.” He must have been doing quite a bad job considering the average wages for American workers are much higher today than they ever were when looking at what that dollar can buy, regulations have only been going up, and “neoliberalism,” is a scare term used by stupid people.
He’s also “ the reason why Kansas and other Midwestern states are fast becoming unlivable shitholes.” Odd, then that — well, that’s not even close to true. Kansas is failing because of massive overspending (which, to be fair, isn’t helped by them embracing the Articles of Confederations view on taxes). Michigan is really only failing in a few high-poverty areas where they have been failing for decades, same with Ohio.
Lastly, they “astroturfed groups like the Cato Institute and Mercator Center whose job it is to produce propaganda about how slave wages and zero labor laws are a good thing for average Americans.” First off, astroturfing usually only refers to lying about who the funding is coming from. CATO started off as The Charles Koch Institute. Who is falling for that? Second off, “slave wages,” are not a thing, they are a meaningless buzzword. Talk to someone who has been an actual slave about “slave wages,” and they’ll tell you just that. Lastly, I have no idea what the Koch brothers had to due with the Mercator Center considering it’s a biomedical research center in Serbia!
This small newsletter isn’t the only group that is doing this. The aforementioned Ann Coulter once said “ Ocasio-Cortez wants a 70–80% income tax on the rich. I agree! Start with the Koch Bros. — and also make it WEALTH tax.” Odd, because I thought “The real class warfare in this country isn’t rich versus poor, it’s government employees vs. we, the taxpayers.”
Any criticism these people have of liberalism can easily be applied to populism, if you are one there is no reason for you to not be the other.