During the American presidential campaign and since the election of Donald Trump, it has often been mentioned that Donald Trump has practically no political experience. Unlike many, I don’t view this as a problem at all. In fact, this is a good thing.
The fact that Donald Trump is a successful businessman rather than a career politician will be a defining aspect of his presidency and will undoubtedly have a beneficial effect on America over the next four to eight years.
It has been suggested that Donald Trump will run the American government as his own business. This may be a horrifying prospect to a lot of people, but this is due to a profound lack of understanding of the natural realities of good government and good leadership.
In chapter four (“Incentives in Democracy”) of his excellent book A Critique of Democracy: A Guide for Neoreactionaries, Michael Anissimov explains that a private government is naturally the right form of government, while a public government is quite simply a wrong form of government. Whereas a public government will always tend inexorably towards political, economic, social and cultural decline (even despite all machinations and artifices designed to counter such declines), a private government is naturally suited to produce real, sustained progress in every aspect of a country’s being.
The gist of this is that a private government is owned by the man who leads it, rather than being managed by someone on someone else’s behalf as is the case in public government. If the leader of a country is also its owner, that leader will naturally have a personal stake in its governance, and will naturally want to do what is necessary for the genuine wellbeing of his country.
A man who runs a successful business will not only focus on increasing his profits, but will also pay close attention to the proper management of his business and take proper care of all the people who work for it. He will naturally have a long-range view of things insofar as they concern his business as they also concern him and those who belong to him. By contrast, a manager may not personally care about the proper functioning of the business he works for, nor for the wellbeing of the employees under him. The only thing that really matters for him is getting his paycheck. Even if the business goes under, he can always just find another job.
The people who have led America over the past few decades (both Republicans and Democrats) have functioned as (mis)managers of America. Although they have presumably (mis)managed America on behalf of the American people, there is the real possibility that it is actually on behalf of (((a certain group of people))) (in which case, democracy is quite simply a deception). In either case, the people who have led America (and all other Western states) in the recent past have obviously had little real concern for the best management of their countries and the genuine wellbeing of their fellow citizens. I won’t bother listing all the ways that this is evident; President-elect Trump has pointed this out well enough over the past several months.
Many have remarked that elected officials in a democracy who are elected to limited terms will naturally tend to prioritize short-range concerns (such as getting re-elected) that are of little importance to the long-term wellbeing of the nation. This being said, it wouldn’t be true to say that elected officials won’t pay attention to any long-range concerns. But the long-range concerns that they work for are never in the best interests of the country or of its citizens. Again, whether they are acting as managers for “the people” or as managers for ((((someone else))), the best possible condition of the country and that which is genuinely best for its citizens is not their foremost consideration.
It has been suggested by some that “the people” simply can’t understand political and economic affairs on a national level well enough to make good decisions about them (“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” – Winston Churchill). This to me is obviously true, and is an important reason why public government (as in a democracy) can never really lead to the proper functioning of a country and the genuine wellbeing of its citizens.
The idea of a private government in which a leader is the owner of his country is reflected famously in the line attributed to French king Louis XIV: “L’état, c’est moi!” (“I am the state”). Like all absolute monarchs, Louis XIV considered his country as his own personal possession. He therefore had a vested interest in the growth and prosperity of his country, and the historical record clearly shows that he backed many economic initiatives that aimed to benefit his country (Louis XIV and Twenty Million Frenchmen by Pierre Goubert is an interesting read). Unfortunately, he had to compete with the much more dynamic economies of some of his neighbours such as Great Britain. And perhaps more importantly, his lust for glory and fame led him to provoke numerous wars during his reign that could only have a net detrimental effect on the wellbeing of France (this often being cited as an immediate factor leading to that most disastrous calamity called the French Revolution).
Some may compare Donald Trump with all the other wealthy élites who are routinely pointed out as extremely wicked people who enrich themselves at the people’s expense, who engage freely in corruption, bribery and fraud, and who thereby contribute to the growing destitution and despair of the people. I don’t believe this comparison holds. Not all successful businessmen are such wicked people, although some of them certainly are – especially those who belong to (((a certain group))).
Donald Trump has repeatedly demonstrated – especially through his speeches and interviews – that he understands that treating people fairly and decently is a crucial part of doing business. Accusations of him defrauding people undoubtedly come from the incompetent and the careless who didn’t deserve any pay or remuneration that they would have received if they had done their jobs properly.
Donald Trump is a strong, intelligent, no-nonsense kind of guy. He knows how to make good business decisions and he has the guts to stick to them. He knows that running a good business depends on keeping good people and getting rid of bad people. He is not afraid to do what it takes to make his business succeed and he won’t be bullied by people whose interests don’t correspond with his own. This is why the current American establishment hates Donald Trump so much. And this is why Donald Trump will Make America Great Again.
[Important note: (((The people who control the economy))) are all still in place. If they decide to crash the economy, there’s nothing Donald Trump can do about it. At least some economists are saying that a major economic event is just around the corner, maybe far worse than 2008. (((The people who control the economy))) have done this kind of thing many times before (in 1933, for example); there’s no reason that they wouldn’t do it again, especially soon after Trump’s victory.]