As a long-time student of history and someone who was around during the Civil Rights Movement, I was more aware of the political climate in South Africa during the 1970s and 1980s than most in my peer group. While I found the institution of apartheid abhorrent, I also believed that the white minority of that nation would be pretty much screwed if they gave the black majority the keys to the store.
Sadly, this is exactly what happened. We don’t hear about it through the establishment press, but being white in South Africa aint what it used to be, particularly if you’re a farmer in a rural area, where murderous black hoodlums prowl, looking to “avenge” past inequities.
Thus, I was gratified when paleolibertarian (classical liberal) columnist and author Ilana Mercer published the book Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa in 2012. In the book, Mercer, who grew up in South Africa, illustrated how Western leftist elites sold out South Africa as they had Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), how they had in part used race politics to do so, and how in both cases, these nations devolved into economically-challenged, horribly corrupt, and generally unstable socialist nightmares.
Mercer’s new book, The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed couldn’t have come at a better time. It is a book I seriously believe The Donald ought to consult when forming his policy if elected.
“Creative Destruction” is a term that was coined by Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter in the 1940s, and it references the process of economic growth spurred by radical innovation. This has on occasion led to the demise of entire industries, but to the rise of more beneficial ones. So Mercer’s reference is definitely apropos Donald Trump, whose campaign has dramatically upset the preeminent paradigm, and whose campaign rhetoric – at least in theory – promises to lay waste the status quo with regard to Beltway politics.
For quite some time, I have been of the opinion that it’s not enough to keep the shrill, homicidal anti-Muppet on the Democratic ticket out of the White House. Americans who support Trump need to better grasp the relevant concepts and processes at work in the political realm, or their votes risk going for naught even if Trump wins.
In her book, Mercer gets directly to these issues. Addressing how and why the center-right majority in America woke up to the fact that we no longer have a two-party system, but one wherein both parties stand for advancing international socialism, Mercer then lays the groundwork for Trump capitalizing on his success should he become President. In particular, she gives special attention to issues that have been cravenly avoided by progressive Republican political leaders.
Mercer is also extremely well-read and well-informed with regard to Islam. She analyzes Trump’s no-nonsense approach to addressing Islamic terrorism within our borders (which counters elites’ acceptance of a rising body count in the name of acceptance and diversity) in cogent fashion, pointing out that for all of Donald Trump’s apparent boorishness, he has a very good handle on the fact that Islam is manifestly incompatible with Western civilization. Such niceties as “radical Islam” and “Islamic extremism” – which progressives employ to placate the masses while placing them in grave danger – are wasted on Trump, who can see that Muslims who live quiet, mundane lives and jihadis both come from the same Islam, and that conflict between Muslims and non-Muslims is inevitable in the long term, no matter the era or nation.
Such clarity on Trump’s part, and on the author’s, make The Trump Revolution a must-read. The chief reason I believe all Americans can benefit from this book is that it is so expansive, it could go a long way toward remedying their dangerously superficial perceptions with regard to politics overall. Beyond that, it may also provide an impetus for the electorate to reacquaint themselves with the study of Civics, which they were encouraged to abandon by statist educators decades ago.