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The Phenomenon Donald Trump: “The American Psycho” or just a liar?

american psycho statue of liberty donald trumpDonald Trump’s victory is met with shock across a wide political divide. A shock that many expected or were afraid of. This result has now plunged the United States and its allies and adversaries into a period of deep uncertainty.

-This came shortly  in the aftermath of the Brexit vote.

-This came on the eve of a shock called Le Pen in France and the ascension of AFD’s right-wing nationalists in Germany.

Why the ballot boxes results produce “monsters” for a system in which we used to live, in vain, since the beginning of globalization- from the 1990s onwards?

When the negative effects of a  wrecked and “blind” globalization start to make people feel angly and the only thing they  want to do is to  freed themselves from their subordination to the interests of capital, then we could talk about a revolution. But in this case, Donald Trump promised it relying on wrong ideas. Wrong ideas are usually the most common american misconceptions about democracy.

Although American democracy is less than 50 years old (from 1964 to present), it is already failing badly, destroying America faster and harsher than any other forces! In the words of Abraham Lincoln:America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

Worse yet, democracy is failing in America today in the same way as it failed in Rome and Greece more than 2,000 years ago: debts!

Democracy has become a discredited worldwide concept of politics and values where populism can be described as the “most democratic way” to follow and reward.

Other bloggers such as the worth-reading Micheline Walker wrote recently that many bloggers did our best to prevent Trump’s victory, but democracy is flawed: 

It allows everyone to vote, including those who are incapable of making an informed decision. They are easily led by slogans. She added that a group of 370 economists, including  eight Noel laureates in economics, have signed a letter warning against the election of Republican nominee Donald Trump calling hom a “dangerous, destructive choice” for the country. With Donald Trump at the whell, an economic collapse can be expected, which is frightening.

What is Globalization?

  • Globalization can usefully be conceived as a process (or set of processes) which embodies a transformation in the spatial organization of social relations and transactions, generating transcontinental or interregional flows and networks of activity, interaction and power.
  • It is characterized by four types of change:
    
    - First, it involves a stretching of social, political and economic activities across political frontiers, regions and continents.
    
    - Second, it suggests the intensification, or the growing magnitude, of interconnectedness and flows of trade, investment, finance, migration, culture, etc.
    
    - Third, the growing extensity and intensity of global interconnectedness can be linked to a speeding up of global interactions and processes, as the evolution of world-wide systems of transport and communication increases the velocity of the diffusion of ideas, goods, information, capital, and people.
    
    - Fourth, the growing extensity, intensity and velocity of global interactions can be associated with their deepening impact such that the effects of distant events can be highly significant elsewhere and even the most local developments may come to have enormous global consequences. In this sense, the boundaries between domestic matters and global affairs can become increasingly blurred.
  • What went wrong with globalization?

The idea that all policies will be adjusted with time through the global interactions and processes. Many actors don’t play a fair game in the supply chain machine of production. For instance, environment policies, having children working to produce more, pay the minimal possible salaries to produce, in a country of the chain such as Vietnam, and then import back to the West.

-The state’s  regulatory and interventionist role is limited. Decisions are taken globally to act locally and not the opposite.

-The “Social contract” between the state, the capital and the world of work:We cannot associate anymore growth and profitability by strengthening the middle and working classes and making them actors of the decision-making in the country.

Nonetheless, it’s too late to try to stop globalization and its negative/positive effects to all of us.In 2016, it’s the only way and no one can deny it litterally. And this development is not in the hands of the political leaders anymore. There are no high walls to keep the market out. When you can basically order a product you need online from China, for instance,  which is much cheaper of what it is produced by a local supplier and more than that, when the 80% and more of the products you need are made in China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Turkey or Maroc, there is a strong possibility that you will buy from these suppliers as they are cheaper and you can have easily a positive return on investment. And even more than that, there is no possibility that a wholesaler will not buy these products and subsequently sell them in his local shop in your area.

Are there any victims and any negative impacts from this new world of business?  Yes, there a lot of victims, you could ask people who work in the French car industry. Could it be possible to protect themselves just by government measures and policies? It’s almost impossible.It is cheaper vehicles that people buy nowadays , and by preference, being manufactured abroad.

  • Why Donald Trump is wrong about globalisation or where he lied?

Donald Trump gave a speech on trade, extensively citing EPI’s research which shows that trade deficits as a result of NAFTA and other trade deals, as well as trade with China, have cost U.S. jobs and driven down U.S. wages.For Economic Policy Institute’s  (EPI) president, Lawrence Mishel, Trump’s trade policies are a scam.

In the first place, the expansion of manufacturing jobs is not synonymous with prosperity. As countries grow richer, manufacturing’s share of employment declines. South Korea, singled out by Trump for killing American jobs, has seen it shrink by nearly half since 1991. Japan and Germany have followed a similar path.

But U.S. manufacturing output is 54 percent higher today than in 1994 and 27 percent higher than in 2001. Those years are pertinent because 1994 was the year NAFTA took effect and 2001 is the year China gained entry to the World Trade Organization — events Trump portrays as catastrophic for American industry.

Manufacturing jobs have vanished not because we don’t manufacture anything but because companies have learned to produce more goods with fewer people. Higher productivity is what eliminated most of the jobs Trump mourns. He’s no more capable of restoring them than he is of bringing back the dodo.

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Blaming Mexico and China for the fate of our steel industry is like blaming email for the decline of telegrams. The biggest reduction in steel jobs came before the globalization of the past two decades. The number fell from 450,000 to 210,000 in the 1980s.

The total today is about 150,000. Even if Trump could manage the impossible feat of doubling the number of steelmaking jobs, it would be a blip in the overall economy — which adds more jobs than that every month.

Over recent years, the people of Europe and from now the people of the United States also they opt to vote not rationally but in terms of their anger regarding the political system and against personalities who represent it.Donald Trump’s success reveals a frightening weakness in American democracy.

It’s not just that Trump admires authoritarians such as Erdogan, Marine le Pen, Farage and others, it’s that the thing he admires about them is their authoritarianism — their ability to dispense with niceties like a free press, due process, and political opposition.

  • Donald Trump and and his inherent populism

In Simulacra and Simulation, French Philosopher Jean Baudrillard coined the term “hyperreality”. A hyperreality occurs when there is confusion between something’s appearance, and its reality.

Donald Trump is a very interesting example. He could easily fit into what Baudrillard calls “second order simulacrum”. This is where the appearance (a harebrained bigot’s rise to power) actually reflects the truth of the society from which he came. Through this reflection, we can study the current reality of that society, and understand it in a variety of ways.

Firstly, we could understand Trump’s popularity as a parallel to the inherent populism in the US. Reality TV, consumer culture, and celebrity culture embed themselves into the American mind. Trump sells a “Great America”. The size of Trump’s penis sells a “real man”. These phenomena — sports cars, capital, Trump, penis size — appear to be something people desire. But in reality, they are bereft of any real substance, meaning, or value.

But Trump continues to represents a hyperreality in a second way. He espouses hot air about being self-funded (while taking donations), and promises a politics that can no longer by bought by corporations. This is the hollow appearance. The reality is utter hypocrisy. Every piece of legislation that Trump may revoke or invoke will have been bought by the profits of private enterprise. His private enterprise. When legislation is controlled by a group of big businesses, we have a Corporatocracy. When it’s essentially controlled by one enterprise — the Trump Empire — we descend even further into what former presidential candidate Ralph Nader aptly calls “American Fascism”.

  • Taking Baudrillard’s “Silent Majorities” Seriously.
According to their imaginary representation, the masses drift somewhere between passivity and wild spontaneity, but always as a potential energy, a reservoir of the social and of social energy; today a mute referent, tomorrow when they speak up and cease to be the 'silent majority', a protagonist of history.

Mr Baudrillard said that the masses now after substantial dissolution of social classes do not have someone to represent them. Good news is that there is no one who  can turn specifically against them. The masses are no longer meaningful and neither seek a meaning, therefore power is a hollow. These voters, if not majority as in the case of the Americans and Brexiters, created a solid voter mass and which could not be publicly expressed strongly. For these reasons all polls who predicted Hillary Clinton was going to win with a lead from 5 to 11% have failed very badly. Hillary is representing a failed capitalist system that USA citizens did not want to implement for another 4 years.

  • Trump’s outrage over outsourcing doesn’t apply to his own merchandise.

In his book, “Time to Get Tough,” Trump decries international trade and wants to erect new barriers. He writes: “I’m sick of always reading about outsourcing. Why aren’t we talking about ‘on-shoring’? We need to bring manufacturing jobs back home where they belong.”

As reactions on Middle East media were abundant regarding DonaldTrump’s love for muslims and the Middle East, Twitter users were quick to remind Trump of his business investments in Turkey and the Muslim world. Several Twitter users called for a boycott of the Trump brand. “Take your partner and your skyscraper and leave Turkey,” read multiple tweets. Some stated that Trump was uncomfortable with Islam, but happy to earn profits from Muslims.

Trump castigates American companies like Apple, Ford, Carrier and Kraft that use their brands to sell goods in the U.S., but produce them in other countries. Indeed, he appears to be so outraged by the practice that he proposes a 15 percent tax on companies for outsourcing jobs and a 20 percent tax for importing goods. More recently, he has spoken of a 45 percent tariff on Chinese imports.

Donald Trump may claim to have the backs of U.S. workers, but when it comes to making shirts for those backs, Trump has chosen to make his shirts overseas.

According to Al-Monitor, Istanbul’s skyline has since 2012 been dominated by Trump Towers, which includes an upscale shopping mall; the towers were erected in the heart of Istanbul and opened by then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. As can be seen in the photo of the grand opening, to Erdogan’s right stands Aydin Dogan, CEO and owner of Dogan Holding, a prominent businessman who owns media outlets critical of the Justice and Development Party (AKP).

The Donald J. Trump Collection is a line of men's dress shirts, suits, ties and accessories, all of which have been made by factories overseas, where labor costs are a fraction of what it would cost in the U.S.

Take yourself a tour on  Trump.com, the elegant website of the Trump Corporation, which reveals his actual trade practices.What about Donald J Trump sports jackets, cufflinks and eyeglass frames?

According to Heavy.com, all these products are made in China. Inexpensive Donald J Trump shirts? Made in Bangladesh. More expensive Trump shirts? “Imported.” The Trump brand also has a more feminine side — the Ivanka Trump brand. And where are the dresses, purses, shoes and other accessories that reflect Trump’s daughter’s taste made? Of the 838 Ivanka products advertised through the site, none appear to be made exclusively in the U.S.; 628 are said to be imported and 354 made specifically in China.

However, only time will show if he is going to be a good president or not. Good news is that if he fails, Marine Le Pen’s downfall will come sooner as expected in France.

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2 thoughts on “The Phenomenon Donald Trump: “The American Psycho” or just a liar?”

  1. La mayoría no conocerá más sobre Donald Trump que lo que ha ido saliendo en la parcial y manipuladora prensa española durante estos meses: racista, xenófobo, machista, millonario ultra capitalista, va a desatar la tercera guerra mundial… Todo con el objetivo de reducir las elecciones de EEUU a un infantil debate izquierda-derecha, sin que la gente piense en lo realmente importante: el debate entre el globalismo (NOM) y la soberanía nacional.

    ¿Qué ideas de Trump son las que llevan a los medios de comunicación a lanzar esas furibundas campañas de desprestigio?

    https://opusbay.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/donald-trump/

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