Laugh at Donald Trump if you want but he’s POTUS and you’re not

The Guardian, along with much of the world’s press, had a sneerfest at Donald Trump’s expense yesterday:

For the rest of the world, President Donald Trump’s America is a laughingstock, not a leader.

That was the takeaway from Trump’s speech to the 2018 United Nations general assembly. Trump opened his speech the same way he opens his campaign rallies, TV interviews, and probably conversations with every visitor he meets: “In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.”

The response from the leaders assembled in the room? Laughter. The entire world literally laughed at the US president – and they weren’t laughing with him.

Even Trump himself was taken aback: “I did not expect that reaction …”

…With Trump’s own behavior and policies as a backdrop, the substance of Trump’s speech merited laughter – it was an incomprehensible joke.

The main theme of Trump’s speech was protecting US “sovereignty” and he said that all countries should do likewise. He claimed: “The United States will not tell you how to live, work or worship. We only ask that you honor our sovereignty in return.” But shortly thereafter Trump spent portions of his speech telling Iran and Venezuela what to do at home.

I diametrically disagree with the Trump position on climate change, Iran, multi-national institutions, tax cuts, refugees, gun control, and pretty much everything else. But one thing President Trump has 100% right is the problem of “globalism”.

I’m not certain that Mr Trump and I would define “globalism” in quite the same way. Yet it would be similar enough: the encroachment of global institutions and identity into the management of national peoples.

Where the boundaries fall between these two has gone awry and if they are not fixed then only more fragmentation of the global community can be expected. This will be disastrous as the world confronts the two great challenges of our time – the great power contest of the US and China and climate change – as the only mechanism of collective action available to the species, nations, collapses into bickering and worse.

The Western world is riven by globalism. It started well, as a drive for productivity gains worldwide via free trade, but it has devolved entirely into something else today. Globalism is now a corporate ethos of gallivanting Davosian ubermen arbitraging and exploiting workers worldwide. Just as bad, they have take control of governments everywhere to prevent anybody from doing anything about it.  Importantly, this is no longer about free trade and the common good of competition and markets. It is instead about the vested interests and super-greed of an elite class and their bourgeois minions that keep Western workers down.

The equation is actually pretty simple. The globalists outsourced Western industrial bases to places like China at immense profit. When this competitive project was mismanaged and led to the collapse aggregate demand in the West, income gains were substituted with asset price gains as a way to get ahead. When that little ponzi-scheme blew up in the GFC we found ourselves where we are today with no demand and houses that could be afforded only by the gallivanting Davosian ubermen. Homeless and without income or respect, working classes were forced into bullshit jobs pushing paper or kissing booty or talking jargon. Adding insult to injury, the globalist universities infected the whole world with political correctness, pretending to care about workers while ripping their tongues clean out of their heads.

The resulting righteous anger has led to mini-revolutions at the ballot box with nationalist fringe parties tearing at the European project, Brexit, an alt-Right White House and movements like One Nation Downunder. There are as many differences between them as there are similarities but the one thing that unites them is a commitment to national borders and government to management the affairs of their people.

In other words, they’ve had enough of the gallivanting Davosian ubermen. They are right to have. And this is where they got the last laugh. As Donald Trump stood at the august UN lecturn, he was speaking for the forgotten working classes. Don’t get me wrong, after his corporate tax cut he sure wan’t working for them, but he was speaking their language and delivering their message.

In a way you can see it as a measure of their desperation. They literally paid Donald Trump and his corporate mates $2.26 trillion to deliver their message. That’s how important it was to them and how little they had been heard until yesterday.

Somehow I don’t think that that is all that funny.

So what is the message? Why do they want those national boundaries managed? Basically they want their country back with a decent house to live in, with a decent job with decent pay and a bit of respect. To get that they want to see less migration to take pressure of house prices and wages and whatever it takes to get some self-respecting jobs back. Yet for that they are “deplorable.”

So, laugh it up Davosian ubermen and uberwomen. But do take a moment between directors’s clubs to recall that Donald Trump is POTUS and that you are not. Moreover you never will be again, not until you get over the snickering arrogance of your class to make friends with the people you forgot: your working classes and poor of every gender, sexuality and race.

David Llewellyn-Smith
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  1. two genuine questions:

    Do you think Trump genuinely cares for the working class American ?
    Has he (or more accurately Bannon) identified that collectively, they are the single largest voting bloc in the US ?


    Does it matter ?

    FWIW, my 2c are that for Q1, it is absolutely the latter – Trump is masterfully manipulating a voting bloc whilst continuing to do all the things he railed against (anyone for a swamp draining?), at great personal enrichment. But I’m undecided on the answer to the latter.

    • Yes and yes. But which of the choices was the primarily motivated one is a better question. Bernie Sanders and Trump share some aspects of nationalism. I hope we get to see someone here that will Purge the traitors in our institutions and halls of power

    • You arguably describe every politician in a powerful position. You reckon Howard cared about Howard’s battlers or had he just realised he was onto a political winner? Our system doesn’t require genuine empathy from our pollies but it requires a realisation that embracing the cause of large blocs of people is the path to political success. And Trump for better or worse genuinely understands and talks to those voters, which is more than most of his detractors can say.

    • Trump has promised to change the system.
      The quickest way to do that is to destroy the present system which in no way resembles that devised by the Founding Fathers.
      Trump has picked fights with everyone in an attempt to do just that.
      Trump is doing his best to get rid of the Fed first and it looks like Powell is helping him do that.
      We’ll all have to wait and see how it turns out but I believe everyone in the world will be better off if he’s successful.

    • I think Trump is genuinely a patriot – he genuinely does love his country and what he imagines as the working backbone of it. The trouble is, he loves himself just a little bit more.

  2. I diametrically disagree with the Trump position on climate change, Iran, multi-national institutions, tax cuts, refugees, gun control, and pretty much everything else. But one thing President Trump has 100% right is the problem of “globalism”.

    AND THAT IS WHY AMERICA IS BOOMING AND EVERYONE ELSE IS NOT……… Dont agree with him on some stuff and wished he would shut his mouth at times but the simple fact is US is booming and it is not because of OBOZO. He is keeping the US from becoming the NANNY COUNTRY like Australia, England etc…… One thing I do wished they would do over here is stop selling machine guns to citizens, nothing wrong with pistols, hunting rifles and shotguns but dont think people need military rifles in their houses.

    • pretty strong history of having a militia in the US. It was the basis for their independence after all. Just gotta figure out away to stop shooting at themselves is all 🙂

    • yes LBS ……… which is why I’m backing myself and my assessment of US v Aus economic futures with all available $ ….. and my time, where I can relax and further develop my shooting skills ….

      AND get relief from the god awful Nanny State ….

    • “nothing wrong with pistols”; gotta laugh at that, in the meantime while I was laughing (1 hr) about another 11 people shot.

    • But the people laughing at him are the ones who put Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia on their Human Rights Commission. So who do you laugh at?

    • FiftiesFibroShack

      Perhaps it’s more this:

      The Blue Check Mark Mafia, so satisfied with itself during any moment when the con seems to be unraveling, seemed to have thought that the crowd – an assembly of diplomats and high-ranking government officials from around the globe – were mocking Trump.

      They have it exactly wrong.

      The world wasn’t laughing at Donald Trump today. They were laughing with him. They’re in on the joke. He’s in on the joke.

      Don’t forget that these are officials from countries where the leaders can say anything they want – the bigger the lie the more stridently they’ll repeat it.

      They’re from places where people can’t get access to real news, settling instead for whatever the state is willing to provide.

      They’re from towns and cities where the wealthy make the laws and corruption is expected, not aberrant.

      They come from countries with radical levels of income inequality, calcified caste systems and an invisible (but, nevertheless, invincible) lock on social mobility.

      They come from regions where sectarian strife is eons old and encoded into the DNA of the citizenry.

      They come from parliament houses where the legislative process frequently devolves into YouTube-ready fistfights between aging men in business suits.

      This is the way of the world. None of it is strange to this international community. None of it is anything they haven’t seen before, in the countries they represent and elsewhere. Self-interest, conflict of interest, lack of interest – it’s all there.

      And a big dash of this:

      The government is thrumming with corruption and controversy. And we’ve stopped pretending that there are any ideals. Now it’s just one team against another. Godzilla vs King Kong, crushing our institutions like movie-set buildings, stomping our democracy beneath their feet as they rip each other to shreds. Any advantage will do – one extra judge, owned by Party A, one extra congressional district, owned by Party B. Threats of jailing political opponents. The use of law enforcement for political gain.

      We’re a Third World country. “Is nothing sacred?” Nothing is sacred, the President is trashing the FBI on Twitter and singling out lifelong, formerly anonymous civil servants by name as the objects of his ire. Hate groups are jostling for screen time as CNN cameras gleefully (but with faux-concern in their voices) broadcast racially charged rallies. “And now, a commercial for Progressive Auto Insurance, we’ll get back to the Klansmen marching down Main Street in just a moment.”

      And you know what? The international community of diplomats and assorted visiting elites is enthralled. They love it. Make no mistake. They’re elated. Because now they can go home and report that we’re no better than they are. We’re the same or worse. We’re not even trying to hide it anymore. The paint job has been chipped away.

      So when Trump makes a joke about being the best President ever, they’re not jeering him in that building. They’re cackling with delight, elbowing each other in the ribs – and they’d be playfully tousling his hair if it were within reach.

      They’re all in on it: The fake Billionaire now in charge of America and the duly-appointed representatives of Oligarchs and Emirs from around the world. The premise of the joke is “Look what I can do…” The punchline is “…Anything, as long as the money is lined up behind it.”

  3. Much is said about disappearing jobs, but if countries were more protectionist, every country would be manufacturing products for similar purposes, eg, tools for example.

    There would still be trade between countries for those wanting a different make of a product, but there would be infinitely more choice than there is now.

    The duplication of design and manufacturing work forces in each country could be called a work-for-the-dole scheme, but it’s either that or else have china make everything.

    The extra design and manufacturing jobs always lead to accumulation of expertise and ideas for new spinoffs.

    Protectionism and tariffs leads to greater wealth distribution to the middle and lower class, but means higher prices for everything.

    Globalization only leads to manufacturing wealth for the few global manufacturers left, because all the products are dirt cheap and uneconomic to compete against.

    Trump is the saviour of future generations if he can crash the elitest globalist system.

    There have been countries that have become basket cases from their protectionism, but so have democratic less-protectionist countries. It’s just a matter of political and economic competence, which is pretty lacking in canberra.

    • Well said rj. We were paying more for Aussie produced stuff but my comparison of like for like products, ours was superior to the cheap crap I can only source now for my business. The Italians are only ones who still have manufacturing of my needs (fashion) and yes, their stuff is double price but thrice the quality of China. Sadly, I cant see Italy will survive once the China engine zooms throughout Europe. Eu has been protected somewhat until recently. They are learning the hard way hence the right wing nutjobs achieving success at elections.

    • agree. also, higher prices also forces companies to accept lower profits – so greed plays (probably the only part/reason) big part why globalisation is promoted by the elites.
      I always said that globalisation would be a good thing is managed properly – open some manufacturing plants in poor countries but bring laws that will force these companies to pay above average (10-20%) wages. This way we help these countries to develop, eliminate poverty and extremism. Sadly, most companies pay minimum wage where ever they go. Lost count how many times all these multinational companies have been caught using child and slave labour – paying $1-$2 per day in some cases.

  4. 2 years of the media generally taking the last charitable position on anything even indirectly related to Trump.

    So far it’s done nothing for them except fracture politics even more.

    Media seems to be more narrative than neutraly providing the facts

  5. The globalists are simply trolling us now:

    uploaded 8 hours ago

    Japan is going through a 30-year recession because they have a rapidly shrinking tax base, an ageing population, people aren’t having children and they have zero immigration. They are in big trouble

    As if they are…

    12 hours ago

    anti-immigration narratives have now spread from Europe’s hard right to its hard left – with Germany’s Sahra Wagenknecht and France’s Jean-Luc Mélenchon arguing that the arrival of migrants is a capitalist European plot to suppress workers’ wages.

    Great if true!

  6. trump doesnt really have a solid ideological foundation for anything he does or believes. he is instinct driven, and his instincts are largely informed by this experiences growing up in the 1950s. his conception on what america should be is based on his idealisation of the 1950s, hence his frequent (going back to the 1980s) emphasis on industry, tariffs, and his hostility to immigration, globalism and environmentalism. same w/ his hostility towards iran, boomers growing up in the 70s have the hostage crisis from that time imprinted in their brains. it doesn’t get much more intellectual than that with him, but thats mostly fine by me.

      • Stewie GriffinMEMBER

        I’ve been cheering Trump on from the start – he’s the only one prepared to burn the place down either on purpose or inadvertently (great commentary btw HnH).

        Hope he withdrawals from the UN next and boots their headquarters out of the country, back to globalist infested France – would love to see Aust do it too.

        The reason is obvious even if HnH only limits his criticism to Uber Davosman – these Global institutions; the UN, the World Bank, the IMF, all of them, have been infiltrated by the same pan-globalist ideology. When you look at who runs them, who sponsors their programs, it is a revolving door of the same ruling class of Davosman – they are the one and the same.

        Powerful institutions will inevitably be infiltrated by those whose power they were designed to counter. The longer the routes to power remain unchanged, the greater the likelihood that they will be seized. It is for this reason the Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying

        I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical

        You cannot criticise Davosman alone without also critically examining the role other Pan Global institutions play in facilitating the spread and of this manivolent form of unconstrained corporate globalism.

      • Stewie, thanks for the laugh, Trump is going to burn down what gave his family (daddy etc) everything they have.

  7. “gallivanting Davosian ubermen” a great turn of phrase. Even at an environmental level there are lessons from Trump. How much of our environmental law hits home on small businesses and individuals and is basically ignored or laughed off by the globalist elite and their multinational vehicles. That’s not to say we need to soften the rules, but they need to generate real improvement in people’s lives and have application fairly.

    How can we put onerous rules in regrowth clearing for local farmers, but allow the worlds biggest multinationals to strip virgin rainforest for palm oil no questions asked.

    We are getting gamed at every regulatory level by the globalist elite, it’s a shame that its a Trump with all the collateral damage, but the party duopoly sure as hell ain’t interested in pushing back against their masters.

  8. Anyone that has done a cursory examination of Trumps life should not be confused about his antics, more so, one should not be confused about America being the primary agency in spreading neoliberalism around the globe – home of the GFC and everything that enabled it.

    The drama was some thought they would be the administrators in perpetuity, this has not gone as expected, something about self awarded exceptionalism and ideological Marketing PR meeting reality. Now that reality has set in its time to throw a dummy spat and throw ones toys out of the play pen, whilst reminding everyone about who has the most nukes.

    Going to be a long grind as north America is predicted to cop the worst of AGW and completely unprepared for it, worse its ignoring the whole thing whilst acerbating it for short term self interests.

    • The media in their countries report nothing that is favourable about Trump, so as far as they are concerned, he has done nothing. Even ignoring basic stats like unemployment levels, jobs growth, tax cuts (to income earners as well as businesses) and wage growth. All they read about is the Russia thing, the FBI thing, the Stormy Daniels thing, and how people in his administration hide papers from him.

      • Employment? yeah, if you’re chasing $2 jobs.

        My B.I.L. (aeronautical engineer) was made redundant from Thoikol 5 yrs ago after 20yrs there and at least 5 yrs after having escaped many cutbacks and has accepted he will never work as an engineer again. Only work he has been able to get is teaching at colleges and Utah State as an adjunct professor. They’re employing again, but only grads and in the meantime hundreds of engineers are driving trucks or as a number have done, ended it.

      • Indeed kiwikaryn – now I tend to think that so long as the media is laughing at or criticizing Trump, he is doing something right. It’s when the media is saying good things about him that you have to worry.

        Remember that brief time the media liked him – when he launched missiles at Syria. Global corporatists have reduced the USA to some kind of oil protection militia and if Trump isn’t doing the required thing by trying to control the world’s oil supply for them, the media is on his back.

        The only thing that worries me with trump is his favouritism for Israel.

  9. Good post HnH. I just cannot understand how the supposedly left don’t see the destruction of the working class and why people might be angry.

  10. Yep. I agree.
    Cut staff. Offshore jobs. Outsource everything.
    Privatise everything. User pays everything. Raise immigration. Allow housing to boom out of reach to the citizenry – just another asset class hey? Mates clubs. Lobbiest jobs. Sinecures. Political corruption. Bank malfeasance. Insurance frad. Age of entitlement. Super concessions for the gentry. Tax breaks. Outdated, overcrowded infrastructure. Obscene corporate pay. And use PC as a stick when they resist. Who’s deplorable? 😡

  11. It never was about “free trade and the common good of competition and markets”. If you bought into that stupid delusional liberal myth and voted for Keating well you stuffed up. If you bought into that stupid myth and we’re actively part of selling Keating disasterism and still support Keating disasterism well then you forfeit all rights at analysis including on Trump – because you’ve been wrong for 35 years.
    It has always been about enriching a small elite. Maybe stop focusing on the sales pitch and focus on the revealed preferences.

  12. It is a speech at the UN general assembly, but Trump is treating it like a political rally. The other foreign leaders laughed because it is REALLY FUNNY listening how how great the USA is doing while your own country is being economically devastated by a falling currency. It is similar to workers listening to a speech by a CEO boasting about the great share price performance of the company after he sack half the workforce : how else to respond but laugh?

    Behind that laugh lies serious insidious intent.

  13. Globalism was meant to turn Mumbai into Melbourne, not Melbourne into Mumbai (I’m talking livability, not ethnicity).

    And for a while it was. But as always, then people get greedy and drunk on power then the whole thing falls apart, and people are now noticing.

    I’m no Trump fan, but just laughing at him until he’s gone away is horrifically naive. Which is what evertyone’s plan seems to be. The Trump’s will keep coming now. That is inevitable. The left has still failed, Trump’s buffoonery doesn’t change that no matter how much of a clown act he is.

  14. interested partyMEMBER

    It can be distilled down to a few lines really.

    The swamp laughed.
    Trump is draining the swamp.
    He laid out the game-plan for you to understand in the link below.
    Like him or hate him….it don’t matter.
    What you are seeing is the systematic dismantling of the old order. They have never been challenged like this before. ‘They’ are the global elites.

  15. Great summary – worth the subscription alone. Trump gets so many little issues wrong, but his broad direction is correct. I wish someone in our Parliament would stand up and say (and mean) our sovereignty is not for sale..

  16. I just wanted to point out that that the headline is true, unless the donald is a reading MB.

    This is quite possible in light of MBs recent achievements (including broking peace in the middle east etc etc).

    If true, donald, get off MB and get back to work!

  17. “Disagree with Trump on gun control
    No he’s 100% right.

    Gun control is the ultimate form of class war – disarm the plebs and consolidate the monopoly on force into the same neoliberals who are ruining everything.

    • We supposedly have gun control in Oz, yet a few weeks back an old codger was arrested with a an arsenal in his house. It included assault rifles.
      Where did he get this stuff? Ebay?

      • Making something illegal has never stopped anyone motivated enough from getting it. Although my guess is the old codger had em since before they were banned/registration was required.

    • This has to be the dumbest defence of gun ownership EVER. Defence against your own Gov, talk about LMAO, ffs!

      For starters the Senate acts as a check on executive power and if that fails there is the Supreme Court and that fails to rein in the President you basically have a civil war. So, what happens to the US Army, Navy and Airforce? Will they be aligned behind a President that’s ignored the Senate and Supreme Court, I doubt it. So you now have the armed forces splintering.

      I doubt some dickhead on his front porch with his guns is going to hold his own against a split military fighting it out. Now, lets say the armed forces supports the President, what hope will civilians have against a well armed and supplied army that ignores the Senate and Supreme Court?

      • I find it probably the best reason, Dennis.

        Where were all the checks and balances when Wall St was bailed out, or Bush invaded Iraq, or the 911 investigation was totally botched up? US federal institutions are deeply corrupted and have been for a long time – probably since WW2 but it has gotten exponentially worse in the last couple of decades.

  18. Every previous attempt of globalisation produced the same results: temporary productivity gaing followed by a total disaster caused by concentration of power. From ancient empires, via colonial period and late 19th and early 20th century capitalist globalization produced the same: destruction and suffering for nearly everyone.
    Why would this time be different?

    • The rule of 3:
      In global business there is room only for 3 [THREE] profitable companies in any sector.
      In a typical hardware oriented product:
      No 1 say has market share of 50% and earns 80% to 90% of all profits.
      No 2 has market share between 25% and 35% for 10% of the profits
      No 3 has market share of 10% to 20% and is typically lucky to break even
      Everyone else in the sector loses money, as they need a product that’s at least 90% as good as the No1 so their development costs are similar to the main producer but their prices are lower
      and their market share is lower = no profits.

      • Some of yr stuff is worth keeping, kept this as well.
        Think what’s required to build a $1Bpa gross revenue business over 10 years from the bootlaces
        And What cash needs to be maintained year on year to fund your growth?
        What margins are necessary to make this growth possible?
        Is it even imaginable that you can achieve this growth
        while simultaneously training new staff?

      • Yeah it’s a good exercise but I suspect most people are too lazy to even fill in the blanks.
        I was thinking of doing a follow up with all the rows/columns completed but I suspect the real aha moment comes when you yourself actually try to make the required data fit the boxes. In a way it’s the realization that these dreams we’re sold aren’t even possible that brings us back to reality. But the catch is you’ve got to do the work, the chronically lazy will stare all day at a completed spread sheet without ever understanding why the numbers make no sense.

      • Except that ain’t how it works any more. A huge megafactory is built in china or some other third world sh!thole, and manufactures virtually all of a given good. Companies then buy the names of companies with reasonable reputation, Rebadge product from megafactory, use name brand recognition to sell for more than off brand competitors, and proceed to mine the name for all it’s worth.

      • BJ, that is the essence of the rule of 3
        It has many applications, cities, towns and rural establishments etc
        It is absolutely amazing how the bush is going backward vs the cities cos of the 3 rule.

      • @bjw678
        Maybe you should reread what WW wrote because it is precisely what is happening and for exactly the reasons that you outline.
        If the big equation is as simple as Name brand = Generic with a higher price (profit), than that frees capital to define product differentiation through intangibles rather than through investment and the creation of something that is genuinely different.
        Don’t get me wrong there are real differences across product ranges and name brands But when you scratch below the surface you’ll often find that it’s the same three companies that control all these market segments they own/have the underlying IP/skilled workforce or means of production.
        This global capability sorting (business organization) goes way beyond National boundaries and delivers outsized value to those that can master it…for everyone else it’s just confusing

      • I think you are missing the subtlety. It is not the owner of the factory, or even the ones fronting the development costs that are most profitable. It is the companies consisting of purely marketing and financial that are the profitable companies. The rule of 3 would work if everyone was developing independently but when everyone is outsourcing to a few suppliers then development costs are irrelevant.

      • Exactly right, because the Make function has lower profits than the Market function the businesses outsource he Make function and the lowish margins force everyone to cut to the bone. From this profit compression emerge just a few uber-manufactures that can make a profit, nothing like the marketing profit, but a profit none the less. Since these component margins are low they make it up in volume (hence the push to control at least 80% of TAM), when you control this much TAM you once again regain pricing power (everyone that just wants to market a product knows that you’re the best so they want to resell your solutions).
        So there are often more than 20 product marketting companies selling all manner of difference for what is basically exactly the same product. They have good margins (with no real R&D costs, you have good margins but have both product R&D + Make costs)
        The real crunch will come when this is no longer possible because of trade sanctions / tariffs or global conflict. It is only than that we’ll discover just how technically incapable (especially at the make end) our flagship High Tech marketing companies really are.

      • There is a new game in town – have shareholders and money lenders inject billions of dollars into a company, so that it can stay in business for decades, all the while making massive losses by providing goods at below cost, thereby eliminating all profitable competitors and the jobs of those companies employees with them, until you are the only global retailer left. Those who gave the company the money to do this become filthy rich through the ever increasing share price, while workers suffer job losses and reduced pay as other companies attempt to cut costs to compete. Aided and abetted by an owned media mouthpiece that pushes its global agenda and who publicly denounces and ridicules anyone who dares to disagree with it or attempts to stand in its way . Start with one industry, then expand into every other sector until you have complete control and global domination. Hello Amazon!

      • @ww, this is more in your field than mine so if you know anything….
        What do you know about a company called SwarmFarm
        it’s a robotics company looking for Agriculture solutions that use lots of small connected robots (smart bots) to complete farming tasks.
        sort of a hundreds of cheap small machines is better than one massive machine idea.

    • doctorX, how do you explain the Gandhi salt march of 12 March 1930?

      Britain’s Salt Act of 1882 prohibited Indians from collecting or selling salt

      British rulers, who, in addition to exercising a monopoly over the manufacture and sale of salt, also charged a heavy salt tax.

      I presume they did this to benefit the people in England.

  19. …the encroachment of global institutions and identity into the management of national peoples.

    I would actually define the ‘problem’ of globalism as when the above occurs to benefit a section within national people (the 1%) while imposing the ‘adjustment’ requirement or pain onto other sections of those national peoples (the rest of us)

    Far too much of globalism – the economic policies, the capital flows, the uniform taxes, the big companies and the trashing of employee rights has been about enabling the 1% to use globalism (which I would contend could have potentially very positive benefits for people, if applied differently) to expand aggregate consumption at a national peoples level, by expanding debt or by population ponzinomics, all while freeing up global capital to take enfilade positions on demand, by freeing global capital from any veracity or probity at a national level, and often by freeing global capital from even taxation at the national peoples level.

    • Hole in yr story
      the average punter doesnt care
      the sound you hear here is just from the tweeters in the stereo.
      the mid range and the woofers are silent??

    • The problem here is the end of the Modern Era.

      Taking an historical perspective, the Modern Era of the past 150 years was an economic, social and political aberration. The Industrial Era saw human physical power and human physical dexterity replaced by machines, while humans themselves retained cognitive superiority. Indeed, industrialisation made workers’ cognitive superiority relatively more valuable since a properly trained human could control a much greater value of production. This is what improved workers’ bargaining power, reduced inequality, and even allowed the masses to demand some limited say in political affairs.


      The transition from industrial economy to post-industrial services economy has been accompanied by a reversal of citizen/workers’ bargaining power. This can only get worse as AI/robotics erode human workers’ cognitive superiority as well.

      We are in real danger of entirely losing the Modern Era and its ideals of:

      a) egalitarianism;

      b) democratic accountability;

      c) national self-determination and subsidiarity;

      d) widespread home and land ownership;

      e) public ownership of strategic monopolies, essential services and critical databases; and

      f) equal opportunity of education and access to elite professions.

      Anyone who values these ideals should be fighting for Democracy, genuine Democracy.

      Without Democracy the Future will be the Past. We are being refeudalised, and the window of opportunity to prevent it is closing rapidly.

      • Stephen I buy your general contention there

        I completely agree this is why we need to beef up (not water down) democratic and economic accountability.

        Essentially I see neoliberalism as having had carte blanche for a generation on the back of its being sold as more economically efficient.  The next step I see is that economic activity, and companies in particular, need to be made ‘more democratically and nationally accountable.

        I tend to think this is doable because I think the average punter is now more aware that being efficient isn’t delivering any greater benefits for them, and that the tradeoff between efficiency and accountability – which has been sold as a one way street for a generation – is no longer a credible sale (at any level from public sector embedding of private contractors, to the sale of public services, to the diminution of accountability of corporates).

      • We are in real danger of entirely losing the Modern Era and its ideals of: […]

        And anyone who thinks Trump, or his backers, are in favour of maintaining the “Modern Era” is out of their tree.

    • FiftiesFibroShack

      What you’re describing is what I’ve always associated as being ‘neoliberalism’. Globalism seems like the wrong word.

    • thanks T on behalf of those who didn’t take the time to check it …….

      personally, I decided from the outset of Trump’s presidency that if I didn’t see the FULL transcript or transmission I don’t believe anything the MSM ‘reports’

    • Well those smug guffaws dried up fast as he started with the antithesis of the MSM’s propaganda loop! Did he just punk the whole circle jerk?

  20. I must admit I got a bit lost:
    You seem to have simultaneously understood and misunderstood the big picture as it were “globalist” view.
    Globalism is its own worst enemy because in the end we live in a world with finite resources, so the idea that everyone can be part of the top 1% or live lives as if we were in the top 1% is nothing but ideological rubbish. Logically each step up the ladder for an Indian worker is a step down the ladder for a western worker, that’s reality, that’s it, that’s all you really need to know, until we reject Globalism. But how do you do that? at what expense? for what decrease in quality of life? for what possible advantage? Nope Globalism is a bit like the tide, it comes in and goes out with nary a moments thought for how we feel about it.
    A time will come when it is time for change but it (globalism) won’t be rushed.

    • Logically each step up the ladder for an Indian worker is a step down the ladder for a western worker, […]

      This is only true if we are _already_ leveraging all the resources available in the world.

      • Not really because physical resources are always extracted from the lowest cost sources first.
        If the system is strained than we move up the cost curve until the desired volume is achieved (look back at Iron Ore 2003 through 2008 for a really good example of a highly stressed supply chain for a critical commodity). Of course what happens at the margin effects the actions of the most efficient producers who over time adjust their operations to take back market share BUT this always happens at a higher cost point (for the new long term volume).
        When you consider these actions in terms of resource allocation you’ll see just what I mean …it’s a global zero sum game at any price/volume point set.

  21. Surprised at the Trump love in the comments. The guy is a grifter, pure and simple. Like a shark following the scent of blood, he senses the needs of his mark through a series of little movements (“on both sides”, “many people say” etc). In this case it happens there’s some justice in those needs. But that means precisely zero to Trump. He seized the presidency because he was uncannily morally qualified (ie. completely amoral – a super predator) to appeal both to those whose real interests are the opposite of his and those with whom his interests align. The good old “millionaires and morons” playbook on steroids.

    • You don’t have to like a person to agree with his point of view. Presumably you elect a President not because he’s a nice guy but because you believe he can achieve change. Studies show most corporate CEO’s are sociopaths, but that doesnt mean they are bad CEOs. Maybe sometimes it takes an a**hole to change the world. At the end of the day, it takes guts to stand up and challenge the entrenched beliefs and institutionalised rorting.

      • Trump has guts of a sort. He doesn’t give a damn what anybody else thinks, that’s clear. But mere bastardry without vision won’t do the trick. If we’re lucky we escape without a cataclysm. Not that I’m for the status quo, but Trump ain’t the answer.

      • interested partyMEMBER

        “but Trump ain’t the answer.”
        It might help to see him as a process…..not an outcome.

    • “The guy is a grifter, plain and simple”
      Maybe…maybe not, but if so, he cannot hold a candle to the Clintons when it comes to being grifters.

  22. I was living in the US in 2011 and remember distinctly watching on tv as Obama did his annual comedy routine at the White House correspondent’s dinner.
    Trump was the subject of quite a few jokes that evening, there was a lot of laughing and Trump just had to sit there and take it. BUT you could see the gears turning in his mind. ‘They’ll be laughing out of their butts when I become President.’ And he did.

    And have these self acclaimed geniuses learned anything? Nope. They laugh and carry on like children and again their own mockery of Trump will come back to bite ’em in their little tushies. I expect Trump to now double down on his trade policies. No more Mr Nice Guy.

    • interested partyMEMBER

      He’s been measuring them up for twenty+ years. and the games have only just begun.
      The empire may be retreating but the spectacle will only intensify….imho.

      There are a bunch of anti-trump folk here in the comments who will be in need of therapy before this all ends…

      • There are a bunch of anti-trump folk here in the comments who will be in need of therapy before this all ends…

        haha – exactly, there are some really sheltered minds out there, I think, that have been wrapped in cotton wool by political correctness and the sanctimonious nature of late civilisation decadent elites.

  23. Yes but your post misses an important point.

    Trump may be against “globalism” but he runs a global business. He thinks he has the right to walk into a country and demand favourable business conditions, and ride roughshod over local interests. Ask the Scots. So Trump is- surprise!- full of shit and a complete hypocrite.

    Trump is only against the globalists that he think impede his business interests. So to say that you’re “on his side” on this issue means you’ve missed the point about what Trump is about. Trump only cares about Trump and he treats his friends and enemies exactly the same.

    • FiftiesFibroShack

      At the end of Trump’s time in office, the wealthy will be far wealthier, and the lower classes will still be buggered.

    • Exactly. From the article:

      I’m not certain that Mr Trump and I would define “globalism” in quite the same way. Yet it would be similar enough: the encroachment of global institutions and identity into the management of national peoples.

      Is missing the rather key point that most of the “encroachment” is being done by US-based and/or controlled “global institutions” trying to impose principles already entrenched in US culture and law onto other countries.

  24. Great article and I agree with your view. Mainstream media propaganda sucks which is why it is good that there are alternative views like this.

  25. “The equation is actually pretty simple. The globalists outsourced Western industrial bases to places like China at immense profit.” You forgot, “and what they could not outsource, they insourced by importing cheap immigrant labour to replace locals, while indoctinating the population with the belief that the rights of immigrants are more important than the rights of citizens”.

    People laughed because all they get to read in their countries is the syndicated articles from the Washington Post. They have all been infected with Trump Derangement Syndrome. Which is exactly what Bezos and his cabal intended.

  26. Trump might be the POTUSA but he’s still a flog. Reached one of the highest, most prestigious offices only to have a large majority of the world laugh at you and mock you. Some of what Trump says is valid, especially on China yet the message is lost on the wider audience because the messenger’s a total sh1tgibbon.

  27. Sorry, but I doubt Trump as ANY problem with this:

    “Globalism is now a corporate ethos of gallivanting Davosian ubermen arbitraging and exploiting workers worldwide. “

  28. I wouldn’t worry so much about trump’s views on the environment hnh. If he can slow global consumption with his tariffs, he’ll be doing more to help the environment than years of talks in Paris would. If he manages to lead the world into a new world war, than he might single-handed-ly save the planet from human expansion and consumption.

    Make no mistake, the sheer number of humans on Earth, combined with our consumption based economy, are in direct competition with every other living thing on the planet now. We just need to sit back and enjoy the ride – no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should (and our place in it is a lot less important than we like to believe).