Western civilization is choking on political correctness and has coughed up Donald Trump. His prescribed medicine for the US is bragging and winning. For all his petulant ramblings and utter lack of strategy, he is closer to the point than most critics dare admit.
The central argument with regards to the cult of Trump is the result of deep seated anger in Western societies, which is the result of the West’s declining confidence in itself and hyper globalisation, which are orchestrated by public power seekers like Hillary Clinton and George Soros. Thus, Hillary and her ilk are responsible for the cultural vacuum from which Trump has erupted.
These three reasons weigh heavily:
- Supremely successful civilizations inevitably face the Mirage Of Immortality. The left’s grotesque combination of cultural relativism (a product of the aforementioned mirage) and civilizational self-loathing is contradictory beyond belief. Trump is a reaction to this.
- The American brand of populism is conservative in nature, unlike its European counterparts which have been mostly revolutionary and expansionary historically. Accordingly, Trump’s populist policies are protectionist and aim to restore. The unfettered trade and open borders of Clinton and the Davos elite, on the other hand, have sparked populist resentment. Trump is the vehicle for this anger.
- The politically correct witch hunt for racists and fascists has reached levels of hysteria that has all but demolished these two categories as meaningful descriptions. The likes of Clinton and Soros need a constant supply of Western guilt and shame to control the moral arguments of our time and divert attention from the dissolving cultural cohesion. Trump’s followers feel like they called this bluff.
When Trump surprisingly beat republican favourite Jeb Bush in the primaries by the virtue of his obnoxiousness and Twitter account alone, he didn’t just beat the son of a former president, the brother of a former president, a former governor of an important swing state and a beneficiary of immense donor wealth with millions of dollars in the war chest. Rather, this unscripted caricature of political masculinity whose only human quality is confidence beat a stake through the heart of establishment elites.
The only people who weren’t surprised were his voters, as the most well-informed and supposedly intelligent media pundits completely missed the mark on candidate predictions. It seems Ann Coulter was the only media person to foresee the meltdown of the republican party as a consequence of their decade long gross negligence of the arguably two most important worries of middle-America: Trade (globalisation) and uncontrolled immigration (which fills the pockets of the globalists).
In this age of information, how could everyone get it so wrong?
The answer lies in the Mirage Of Immortality. A civilization at the apex, will be filled with blind arrogance. It will be one that is more concerned with gender fluidity than nuclear non-proliferation and is bound to have an immense conservative backlash.
This brings us to cultural relativism and its contradictions in relation to the Trump phenomenon. At the moment, a battle for the soul of Western civilization rages, and those championing cultural relativism accuses those who expect assimilation of immigrants of being racists, while Western governments pour billions into third world aid programmes in an attempt to mould “under-developed” nations in the Western template.
From the perspective of cultural relativists, assimilating immigrants at home is racist, but forced global assimilation at a nation-state level is perfectly fair, and those who question the wisdom of this well-meaning cultural imperialism are racists. It is one of the main wells from which the power brokers like Hillary Clinton as well as the globalists’ draw from to promulgate Western guilt.
The mad logic of contradictions like this has festered in Western societies since the end of the Second World War and the trend has deteriorated since the fall of the Soviet Union. Thus we can begin to explain people’s fascination with Trump’s confidence as a backlash against these deeply entrenched paradoxes.
To quote Samuel P. Huntington in ‘The Clash of Civilizations’: World peace is the most at risk when the West believes its values to be universal. This is true when it comes to cultural relativists (unwitting universalists) however, as well as for failed nation-building projects spearheaded by military invasions (e.g. Iraq, 2003).
Trump may have sparked various interpretations of nationalism but he sees Western values as strictly Western. Again, the main reason for the increasing polarisation in US politics stems from the all too prevalent idea that fundamental divisions between cultures have ceased to exist; Trump’s instinctive self-aggrandizement is not even a close second in terms of culpability.
The interesting thing about Trump is not that he has the moral disposition of a fake wrestler, but that his behaviour is not only tolerated but is preferred over streamlined candidates of Mitt Romney type, at least in the eyes of republican voters, that is.
When blustering hyperbole and random attempts at character assassination earn genuine democratic backing in the race for the most powerful office in the world, it should give rise to reflection in Washington, not deplorable dismissals.
Here, the witch hunt is at work: Clinton’s now famous listing of the character traits in Trump’s followers had such a careless tone that it was clear these descriptions have lost all meaning:
“His voters are racists, homophobes, Islamophobes…”.
We see again and again that Clinton needs to frame her opponents as racists for her agenda to work and she has now made it effectively impossible to separate honest Trump-supporters from the genuine racists that do exist.
In a fateful irony, the clash of civilizations might be realised by those who fanatically laboured to disprove it. Along this irony, Trump’s critics fear he will start World War III even though his policies are more isolationist and conservative. They aim to curb government expenditure and overseas involvements, most notably a significant NATO disengagement, while it is in fact Clinton’s utopian struggle for a universal human culture that is the source of the ultimate civilizational arrogance and danger.
In the fickle world of human affairs, zealous universalism has proven murderously dangerous, most strikingly exemplified in the latest multi-cultural and utopian empire, the Soviet Union, to crumble under its own weight in 1991.
Conclusively, we see that Trump’s demagoguery, though effective, is hardly the main reason for this election’s polarisation and democratic turmoil. A brooding civilizational reaffirmation coupled with a disillusioned populace have simply been waiting for a vehicle for frustration.
Trump erupted from the ashes of what conservatism has apparently become and succeeded not because of his megalomania but because confidence is what the West has lost. The sentiments lay dormant in the population, and his followers’ utter disregard for his frayed personality testifies to the intensity of the disdain directed at the globalists.
The Mirage Of Immortality is fading, the politically correct witch hunt for bigots is beginning to turn on its own, and the vitriol of the cultural relativists is all but a cacophony of nonsense. But the seeds of this cultural vacuum have been planted by the globalists; Trump is simply harvesting the results. This rampaging Frankenstein is the illegitimate brainchild of cultural relativism.