I know pre-election you advocated that HRC would be better for liberty in the long run. Do you still stand by that? I, like you, am no fan of DJT. But do you think that when the Executive Order Dictator finally breaks the back of the country (e.g., the border “tax” that will be paid by consumers, and the general realization from DJT fanfolk that his backward looking views on trade, comparative advantage, etc. are actually *worse* for the economy than anything being then-contemplated by HRC) that this could be even better for liberty? That whatever disasters DJT births will actually create an opportunity to push a libertarian idea of trade, buttressed by explanations from the Austrian school about basic, sound economics?RW response:
I believe it is a grave error to believe that crisis and collapse will result in a move toward liberty.
The masses are really split into two groups right now. Those who support Trump regardless of what he does and crazed lefties who would like to see the same central planning that Trump is exercising but with them in control.
Neither option appears very attractive to me. I find it most noteworthy that for awhile Customs and Border Patrol agents ignored a judge's ruling to stand down on parts of Trump's travel ban executive order. Keep in mind, this is only one week into the Trump presidency. The real problem I believe will occur with some kind crisis directly with the left. It will determine the direction of trends, rather than problems in the economy, of which there will be many.
Who knows what domestic crackdown could occur where police and the military, Trump supports them both unabashedly, could very well interpret orders so that they stand with Trump over judicial orders?
Opposite the Trump supporters are lefties who want more government interventions in our lives. It is very possible that the boomerang reaction to Trump will be massive new support for a socialist candidate down the road.
It is difficult to know exactly what scenarios will develop over coming weeks, months and years, however, it doesn't appear as though it will be a march toward liberty with Trumpsters to the right of us and socialists to the left.
As for Hillary, she would have hardly been much of an improvement, but as I said during the election campaign, she couldn't get a wave going at a baseball game. Indeed, I believe she lost because she couldn't motivate enough people who would have voted for her to get off their welfare paid-for big butts to vote for her. I'll take that over an authoritarian leader who seems to have strong backing from police and the military versus Hillary where her secret service protectors appear to hate her!
The country really isn't ready for liberty and it would be long odds luck if a crisis brought liberty. It is more likely to bring us deeper into a totalitarian state.