Shut Up, She Explained

Megan McArdle says her bit on Trump. She is fairly intellectually honest, for a mouthpiece of the business wing of the system. I’m sure she would like to avoid addressing the concerns of the unwashed, but Trump is too big to ignore.

Immigrants are good for the economy, and no politician can do anything anyway, so shut up, she says in summary. She’s a little more polite, and less theatrically exasperated than most journalists addressing this subject, but the message is the same.

Trump is a populist eruption of the kind we see in times of social stress, like George Wallace or Ross Perot. Nothing will come of it, but it is a sign things are not going well, and there is some risk of losing control.

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I like fast cars, fast women and southern-fried rock. I have an ongoing beef with George Orwell. I take my name from a character in Plato's "Republic" who was exasperated with the kind of turgid BS that passed for deep thought and political discourse in that time and place, just as I am today. The character, whose name means "fierce fighter" was based on a real person but nobody knows for sure what his actual political beliefs were. I take my pseudonym from a character in an Adam Sandler song who was a obnoxious jerk who pissed off everybody.
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7 Responses to Shut Up, She Explained

  1. Pingback: Shut Up, She Explained | Neoreactive

  2. Hizzle says:

    Usually the one(s) who can’t win have the latitude to say the most. It is good that Trump is addressing the concerns of the unwashed, but it’s better that he is humiliating what Hunter Wallace calls the “cuckservatives” by talking about the time he spent as a puppet master in politics, and how Jeb and Hillary are puppets who will do what their masters tell them to do. Yes, everyone already knows it, and it won’t change, but there was some residual intransigence to NAFTA even after Ross Perot tanked, so it’s possible Trump’s qualms will linger in the public memory long after his campaign goes down in flames. And I also enjoy the fear and anger of the Megan McArdles and George Wills, and I want to savor their uncertainty for as long as it lasts.

  3. Jim says:

    Immigration into the US today is an economic disaster because of the low quality of human capital in the immigrants. I think that that will become increasingly evident in the future.

    It’s also true that the immigration threatens to destroy what little social cohesion remains in the US. As for allowing large numbers of Moslems to immigrate into the US or Europe, that is utter madness.

  4. It reads like a straight-up indictment of Democracy as practiced in the U.S. It doesn’t even mention Trump except in passing. I’ve read the like from her before, about Obamacare, for example. She’s smart, but if she said what really needed to be done she’d lose her Establishment cred and her sinecure(s).

  5. chedolf says:

    She is fairly intellectually honest, for a mouthpiece of the business wing of the system.

    If you haven’t already read Foseti’s post on the “toady class,” you’ll probably find it worth a look.

  6. MJB says:

    “Trump is a populist eruption of the kind we see in times of social stress, like George Wallace or Ross Perot. Nothing will come of it”

    Thrasy will be eating his words a year from now. This is not Perot redux, The situation is dire and events will propel Trump forward.

  7. IA says:

    Trump is an entirely different animal than Perot.

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