Atlas Shrugged, the Sequel: The Trump Way

The best way to describe the situation now transpiring in Washington D.C. politics is as a sequel to the famed American novel Atlas Shrugged—where the engines of the world came down from their mountain hideaway to save society from the depots of statism—once of course that those politicians had surrendered their authority to John Galt at the climax of the novel.  As Rex Tillerson the CEO of Exxon was announced as the next Secretary of State as kind of bookend to the previous week’s nominations it was clear that what was about to happen under the Trump administration was a new classic American novel being written before our very eyes which would change the nature of politics and human philosophy for all time.

Watching the very good series The Crown on Netflix it captures wonderfully the problems of our thus far human history.  We most define our human existence with the thousand years or so of domination from Great Britain and how that island country shaped European history.  But essentially, they are a carryover of the Roman Empire which was a spawn of Greek, Egyptian and Mesopotamian life.  Then of course is the orient and their variety of god-like kings and queens who have ruled in much the way of the British monarchy—so by watching that one Netflix show—a novice viewer can get quite a grasp which was displayed I thought brilliantly during Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, of the trouble between religion, aristocracy and the management of government with the “commoner” stuck in the middle.

Communism was a philosophic invention along the lines of Immanuel Kant and had appeal to the “commoner” who simply wanted to be free of that impossible situation stuck between monarchies, state governments and religious institutions so they sought to level the playing field—justifiably so.  Governments of the day, at the end of the 19th century into the 20th recognized that communism would cripple the economies of their enemies, so they purposely shipped it to Russia to keep them out of future world wars and the land acquisition that came with kingdom building.  Then they sought to spread it around the world to pull free countries like the United States back into that control of the state, religion, and a society of aristocrats acting as “fighters for the people” when in fact they were just another royal class of despots seeking power on the backs of the “commoner.”  Atlas Shrugged was essentially an argument against this behavior whereas this new sequel under a Trump presidency is a proposal going forward for how things should be.

Of course people who sympathize with the communist philosophy do not like Atlas Shrugged or Donald Trump—but that’s good—because it has been their thinking which has threatened to throw the world backwards—essentially to the European middle-ages all along.  The new religion of their control is not Catholicism this time, but “environmental regulation” which is the modern term for religious control and statism typical of the monarchy driven European mentality so evident at the end of the Roman Empire and the start of the Inquisition.

In that context the political nomination of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State is quite extraordinary.  As demonized as oil executives have been over the years, largely by the communist/environmentalist movement, to put one in charge of such an important diplomatic role from the Executive Branch is one of Donald Trump’s boldest picks yet.  Tillerson is one of those “engines of the world” a person who makes things happen and for the first time in known history—these kinds of people will be running the affairs of the United States—a young country that has deliberately turned away from the statism of Europe for an opportunity under capitalism to evoke a new philosophy utilized by the human race rooted in freedom.  In America aristocratic concerns don’t matter as merit defines worth and that is largely the type of people who are making up Trump’s cabinet.

Where up to this point the understanding of what built an economy or generated a nation’s GDP was ill-defined as would-be aristocrats hemorrhaging the political class of its ethics hid the truth behind Kantian philosophies—the big switch now is that it will be forever clear who and what those engines are—and there will be no going back. Currently the reaction from the liberal-minded is fear at Trump’s picks because they have been trained to be essentially stupid people—purposely handicapped to play their social roles—in much the way that Queen Elizabeth II in the Netflix show, The Queen was purposely educated only in matters of the Constitution and little else, to keep her properly in check within the various balances of power between the State and the Church.  Millions upon millions of children have been purposely handicapped through their public educations to be enormously stupid adults illiterate in basic functions to essentially prevent them from discovering the truth that the Trump presidency will reveal—that the engines of the world are businessmen and those engaged in commerce from first the creative side, then the ruthless competition which forges only the best to emerge followed by-product fulfillment—the boons it brings to a society are born.

Recently I was on a flight from Tokyo, Japan to Osaka and I sat next to a young Japanese girl who was quite impressed with the suit I was wearing.  You see, in Japan their youth had not been taught to hate business, but instead saw it as an extension of the samurai philosophy from their 1600 A.D. feudal period.  She bowed deeply before sitting next to me and thanked me for bringing business to her country.  She couldn’t have been any older than 21 or 22 years old, so she was just a kid, but I was quite surprised how sincere she was about seeing a businessman on an airplane. That goes a long way to explaining why the Japanese are so successful with a much smaller country than say China or even Korea—because they revere business and commerce as a natural extension to their warrior past, and they value it.  That value is reflected in their culture and young people don’t think anything of bowing to a foreigner on an airplane dressed in a suit because they have been taught that businessmen and women make the world move forward.  It is something to respect.  Now the fool might say the girl was looking for a sugar daddy, which couldn’t have been further from the truth.  People who think like that are stupid and there is no way to salvage their lives for goodness.

Watching Saturday Night Live since the Trump election it has been grotesquely obvious that our youth do not understand Trump, business, or the politics of economic necessity.  All they’ve ever been taught is to hate capitalism and to adhere to the new age religion of global warming—as a backdoor means of communism repackaged for our modern youth.  The jokes on Saturday Night Live have been horrendously flat because the writers and actors clearly do not understand the world revealed to them by the Trump election so they only know to grapple with it through demeaning means.  The root of their failure is that they don’t understand or respect merit—therefor they have no appreciation for value.  For instance, two weeks ago from this writing they proposed a skit about young children who desired a Fisher Price Wishing Well—gifted children who wanted to step over childhood and enter adulthood where they could announce their great achievements to the world perched atop a great balcony, and the wishing well was a toy meant to appease their anxiety at being trapped as children to inexperience.   Honestly, they were essentially attacking my own childhood, because I was living the punchline of their joke only it didn’t come out funny—it was spiteful, even to people who couldn’t personally identify.  SNL was mad at the type of children who know they are too smart and good for the social standard and couldn’t wait to grow up and become great John Galts.

This past Saturday was yet another really pathetic skit about a day in the life of Donald Trump where the writers completely failed to understand the president-elect except through the lens of having deficiencies which portrayed him as an out-of-touch bourgeoisie—the only public education definition given to them to understand wealth.  The sad irony is that before Trump the writers were free to make jokes about the political right because we don’t take things too serious.  After all, we’re used to not being represented in popular media, so we have no choice but to support liberal artists if we want some culture.  But the political left don’t know how to do the same for us because they’ve always functioned from the aristocratic assumption that their way of thinking was in the majority.   It wasn’t and now they are having a hard time understanding how to cope.

The truth of the matter is that it is extreme minorities who make everything in the world work—and those are the best of us determined to be so through intense competition, merit through education, and those who just out-work everyone else.  In Trump’s new world the engines of the world will be free to do their justice and those opponents which have guarded against innovation through statist controls are having their voice taken from them in a social context.  The engines of the world now carry the torch for the first time, and that is quite an achievement.  One that will have lasting, and deep consequences right out of the gate in 2017.  And that is a very exciting prospect.  For those who love the original Atlas Shrugged, novel, finally they get to write the sequel.  This time it won’t come to us through the great American novel, but through the Executive Branch.   And that will be a story that will literally change the world for the better.

Rich Hoffman


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