I am not sure there ever was a revolution in the sense that people were behind a leader who would bring limited government. Trump was never that man. A careful monitoring of Trump statements would cause anyone to realize that Trump has no problem with big government---as long as he is running it.
Most of North's essay is centered on warning that the establishment is taking control of the Trump presidency. In that sense, I see North an optimist. It is likely going to be much worse. There is a very real possibility that we are going to see authoritarian measures instituted in the United States that the country has never seen before. Trump thinks outside the box. He is very creative. He will allow the establishment in but outfox them in the worst possible way. It will be establishment rule with a clever authoritarian moving them around the board.
I think North recognizes this possibility but just isn't ready to pull the trigger on that warning just yet----but it is not for nothing that he manages to mention Hitler and Lenin in his essay. He mentioned them in a distant fashion but he did mention them.
Here are excerpts:
First, Donald Trump is not part of what is sometimes called "the conspiracy."Do read North's full (optimistic) analysis here. But prepare for worse, much worse.
Second, he will be on January 20, 2017.
We are about to see the capture of Donald Trump. It has already begun.
The mainstream media are beginning to see this. By January 20, it should be clear to anybody who wants to look at his nominees for the top cabinet positions. CNN's headline has it right: Team Trump is already filled with Washington insiders....
The handwriting is on the wall. We can expect more of the same. We had better expect more of the same...
There is going to be a growing sense of betrayal within the conservative movement. They will see, certainly by January 20, and no later than the end of 2017, that nothing has changed. The general population will never really understand this, but there will be a growing awareness that this is the case.
Donald Trump is not going to betray deliberately the revolution that he launched. That is because he did not launch a revolution.
There are four driving forces in the lives of successful males: money, sex, power, and fame. More than any man in American history, Donald Trump is going to prove to be the incarnation of all four. There is nobody else in American history to match him in this regard.
He has done what no one in the history of the United States has done. He has been elected President of the United States, and he really is beholden to nobody. He has no experience in politics. He was not vetted by the powers that be. He has no agenda. We have, for the first time in American history, a President who got the position entirely on his own. We speak of the powers behind the throne. There are no powers behind the throne. But there will be on January 20...
I have a Ph.D. in history. I can assure you, that there is nothing like this situation in American history. I suggest that there is nothing like this in British history.
Now I'm going to say something which could be misinterpreted. There are two figures in the 20th century who are at least comparable to Donald Trump. One is Vladimir Lenin, and the other is Adolf Hitler. I am not suggesting in any way that Donald Trump thinks like Lenin or Hitler. I'm speaking only institutionally. From the point of view of political history, these are the two men who are most like what Trump is today. They had no political experience before they gained the top political positions. They came from what seemed to be out of nowhere. They were never elected to political office. People tend to forget that Hitler's Nazi party did not win the election of 1932. He was appointed as Chancellor by President Hindenburg. There were no subsequent elections.
Yet even here, the examples don't hold. Lenin ran a hierarchical political organization, the Bolshevik Party. Hitler ran a hierarchical political organization, the National Socialist German Workers' Party, called "Nazis" as an acronym. Donald Trump has come out of the world of business, which means he has always faced competition in an open market. His skills are completely separate from the skills of political mobilization. He has no skills whatsoever in the area of politics, which is a matter of power inside a system that is not based on free-market pricing...
Trump is the most naïve elected senior politician in the history of Western civilization. He has no skills whatsoever for the position which he has now been elected do. He is what is sometimes called a babe in the woods. More to the point, he is a sitting duck...
don't be surprised when you read that the revolution has been betrayed. It hasn't been betrayed. There was never any institutional arrangement by which the revolution could be implemented. This is a man with no experience politically who gained the senior position of world politics without anyone's having vetted him.
It's going to be fun to watch. There will be a mountain of monographs written by scholars on what takes place over the next four years. Nothing like this has ever happened before.