The Trump Revolution
The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed (Published June 29, 2016)
Donald J. Trump is smashing an enmeshed political spoils system to bits: the media complex, the political and party complex, the conservative poseur complex. You name it; Trump is tossing and goring it. The well-oiled elements that sustain and make the American political system cohere are suddenly in Brownian motion, oscillating like never before. An entrenched punditocracy, a self-anointed, meritless intelligentsia, oleaginous politicians, slick media, big money: These political players have built the den of iniquity that Trump is destroying. Against these forces is Trump, acting as a political Samson that threatens to bring the den of iniquity crashing down on its patrons. It is this achievement that the author of The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed cheers. By drastically diminishing The Machine’s moving parts, the author hopes Trump might just help loosen the chains that bind the individual to central government, national and transnational. In the age of unconstitutional government—Democratic and Republican—this Trumpian process of creative destruction can only increase the freedom quotient.
We inhabit what broadcaster Mark Levin has termed a post-constitutional America, explains ILANA Mercer. The libertarian ideal—where the chains that tether us to an increasingly tyrannical national government are loosened and power is devolved once again to the smaller units of society—is a long way away. In this post-constitutional jungle, the law of the jungle prevails. In this legislative jungle, the options are few: Do Americans get a benevolent authoritarian to undo the legacies of Barack Obama, George W. Bush and those who went before? Or, does the ill-defined entity called The People continue to submit to Demopublican diktats, past and present? The author of The Trump Revolution contends that in the age of unconstitutional government, the best liberty lovers can look to is “action and counteraction, force and counterforce in the service of liberty.” Until such time when the individual is king again, and a decentralized constitution that guarantees regional and individual autonomy has been restored—the process of creative destruction begun by Mr. Trump is likely the best Americans can hope for.
“Our own Ilana Mercer was one of Mr. Trump’s earliest and most vocal and consistent supporters. He’s now President-elect Trump, and Ilana was right all along. Ilana has shown us the value of … not paying attention to the ‘sensible’ people, and following her conscience. She now finds herself on the winning side of history. There is a lesson in that for us all. When the history is written of these extraordinary times, Ilana will have her page. She has certainly deserved it.”—SEAN GABB, Ph.D., Director Of The British Libertarian Alliance, prodigious libertarian writer and scholar. (The Libertarian Alliance, “God Bless Ilana,” November 9, 2016.)
“… [T]he best extended analysis yet published of the Trump phenomenon. … I admit to being green with envy at Mercer’s Menckenesque ability to coin memorable phrases describing the empowered fools of our time. Does any contemporary writer do it better? Mercer on the media: ‘news nitworks,’ the ‘idiot’s lantern,’ ‘unsharpened pencil,’ ‘tele-tarts,’ a ‘circle jerk of power brokers,’ ‘one-trick donkeys,’ ‘celebrated mediocrities,’ ‘another banal bloviator,’ the ‘cable commentariat as a cog in the corpulent D.C. fleshpot.’”—DR. CLYDE N. WILSON, retired professor of history, University of South Carolina, editor of The Papers of John C. Calhoun, author of numerous books, including Carolina Cavalier: The Life and Mind of James Johnston Pettigrew and Defending Dixie: Essays in Southern History and Culture. (Chronicles Magazine, “Sounding The Trump,” October 2016.)
“Check out the brilliant Ilana Mercer’s fascinating book, The Trump Revolution.”—A. J. DELGADO, Trump/Pence Campaign Senior Advisor and Surrogate, conservative commentator & columnist, attorney & Harvard Law alum, dog-welfare fanatic, proud Latina. (Twitter)
“A timely and remarkable book.”—LESLIE JONES, Ph.D., editor at Quarterly Review, the celebrated British journal founded in 1809 by Walter Scott, Robert Southey and George Canning.
“Trump indeed has proven to be a force of nature. Yet so too is Ilana Mercer. … The Trump Revolution is the first libertarian defense of the Trump Process. Mercer, being as much an enemy of neoconservative Republicans as she is of leftist Democrats, treats audiences of all political persuasions to a work that is above suspicion. The Trump Revolution is especially suited for libertarian and conservative-leaning Trump skeptics. Mercer, a paleolibertarian—i.e. a libertarian who doesn’t live in a pseudo-Platonic dream world of abstractions—is as concrete as can be within her opening statement, appropriately subtitled: ‘Welcome to the Post-Constitutional Jungle.’ As Mercer reminds us, in a post-Constitutional jungle, ‘a liberty-lover’s best hope is to see the legacy of the dictator who went before overturned for a period of time.’ Over the span of 252 pages, with an astuteness that escapes most contemporary popular writers whose partisanship binds them to stock phrases and crusty categories, Mercer reveals once more her originality as an analyst to ‘deconstruct’ how Trump has waged a campaign against sacred cows … ‘progressive’ and ‘conservative’ alike.—JACK KERWICK, Ph.D., ethicist, political philosopher, columnist at Townhall.com & FrontPage Magazine, author, The American Offensive: Dispatches from the Front.
“Regardless of where you stand on Trump, everything Ilana Mercer writes is worth reading. One of the great writers of our time.”—JAMES OSTROWSKI, libertarian author, lawyer, theorist, activist, and, according to Murray N. Rothbard, “One of the finest people in the libertarian movement.”
“Mercer is no fan of Obama or The ‘W’ who came before him, but she thinks that ‘Trump is likely the best Americans can hope for.’ She’s ‘not necessarily for the policies of Trump, but for the process of Trump.’ This, in itself, is the most interesting of her arguments in a well-constructed book of essays that builds the case for that process. … [I]t is a testament to Mercer’s muscular writing and clever reasoning that I was able to read her book in a single sitting. That is a compliment in and of itself.—CHRIS MATTHEW SCIABARRA, Ph.D., author of Total Freedom: Toward A Dialectical Libertarianism, and many more. (“A Must Read Book For Trump Fans And Foes.”)
In ‘The Trump Revolution,’ Mercer gets at precisely what I would like people to understand relative to the Trump phenom. ‘Donald J. Trump is smashing an enmeshed political spoils system to bits,’ she writes, and indeed, this system and the necrotizing societal parasites who benefit from it deserve, in the moral sense, to be smashed, and must be neutralized … Perhaps it is the scary-smart Mercer’s status as a non-conservative ideologue, or as a non-native to America, that made her uniquely qualified to write this book.—ERIK RUSH, syndicated columnist, author of Negrophilia: From Slave Block to Pedestal-America’s Racial Obsession.
“The passionate and stunningly articulate Word Warrior Ilana Mercer explains why Donald Trump has given new hope to millions of Americans demeaned,disparaged and discarded by elites who comprise ‘the New York-Washington axis of power.’ She truly understands why Trump’s message is resonating with millions of frustrated, disenfranchised citizens, and gives voice to their gut-level angst: ‘For now, it’s safe to say Donald J. Trump is breaking stuff that needs breaking.'”—WILLIAM B. SCOTT, novelist, consultant, retired Rocky Mountain Bureau Chief for Aviation Week & Space Technology, former flight test engineer, recipient of 17 editorial awards for excellence.
“The Trump Revolution isn’t slobbering, sleazy ‘slash’ fiction, with ‘Trump’ and ‘America’ in place of ‘Kirk’ and ‘Spock.’ Mercer is candidly critical of Trump throughout, but views him as a long-overdue catalyst for change.”—KATHY SHAIDLE, author, columnist for Taki’s Magazine, blogging pioneer since 2000, editor of FiveFeetOfFury.com.
“The Trump Revolution offers a blistering attack on the pseudo-conservative credentials of Donald Trump’s ‘conservative’ opponents. In this pungently written study, paleolibertarian commentator Ilana Mercer stresses the close connection between the rise of the populist Right in the US and the clumsy behavior of neoconservative mediocrities.”—PAUL GOTTFRIED, retired professor of Humanities, Elizabethtown College, PA, author of After Liberalism, Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt, The Strange Death of Marxism, Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America. (VDARE.com.)
“Beating the Hillary Hate Brigades (HHB) to the punch with what appears to be the first book published about the political rise of Donald Trump, Ilana Mercer has written an insightful … history of the ascendancy of ‘The Donald.’ …. The HHB in the media will undoubtedly do its best to rewrite history (i.e., lie) when it comes to how Donald Trump repeatedly exposed them as mostly a bunch of frauds, imposters, and biased political hacks during the primary campaign season. The Trump Revolution sets the record straight on all of this, and more, in thirty-one short chapters, and will be a valuable—and entertaining—fact-check resource. … Mercer would make a good speech writer in a Trump administration, for she has a talent for spot-on adjectives, such as ‘the none-too-bright Joan Walsh, Salon editor-in-chief; ‘smarmy Michael Smerconish’ of CNN; ‘Campbell Brown, another banal bloviator’; ‘jackass Anderson Cooper of CNN’; the ‘malevolent moron’ Jorge Ramos of Univision; ‘being a Democrat generally comes with the presumption of asininity’; and how Megyn Kelly of FOX is ‘a showgirl, really.'”—THOMAS J. DILORENZO, professor of economics, Loyola College, Maryland, author of the best-seller The Problem With Socialism. (LewRockwell.com.)