By Robert Wenzel
The Donald Trump presidency has begun.
It begins at a time when the United States economy is unstable as is United States society as a whole---as is the world.
The economy is being propped up by Federal Reserve money manipulations. This, of course, will not end well. We are headed toward accelerating price inflation and an eventual economic bust.
As far as the greater society, we have a large portion of the masses hypnotized, thanks to the government controlled education system, in bizarre political correctness views and a general leaning toward central planning. At its core, these people hold remarkably naive views, they want free healthcare, free education and free this and free that. As if free products can be declared and they will appear. And they will protest to demand the free goods and they will protest in favor of wacky cultural Marxist influenced political correctness . At the same time, on the global front, they are egged on by media, they are anti-Russia, with other factions, and overlapping factions, anti-Muslim. With the Trump side anti-Muslim and anti-Mexican.
Under these circumstances, anything could blow.
Enter Donald John Trump. He is far from a libertarian but he is taking on parts of the establishment.
Unfortunately, however, the Trump broadside is merely an internal Deep State battle. It is at its core the civil intelligence agencies against the military, with the media as an adjunct tool of the civil intelligence agencies---with other Deep State factions such as Big Oil and crony Wall Street seeming to be able to operate fully regardless of how the battle within the Deep State turns.
So while it is fun to see Trump smash at parts of the establishment, do not think for a minute that this is a smashing of the Deep State itself.
The reemergence of the military wing can be seen with Trump naming military men to extremely significant Administration positions: National Security Adviser, Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security. These men to a man, named to these positions, hate Iran, believe Muslims, for the most part, are evil. These are not men of peace.
That crony Wall Street is still a player can be seen by the fact that, at last count, Trump has named eight crony bastards from Goldman Sachs to top positions in his Administration.
And evidence that the Big Oil influence is intact in the Trump Administration can be seen by the fact that the head of the EPA was put there on the recommendation of Big Oil. The Department of Energy will have the Big Oil friendly Rick Perry in charge, and at the epicenter of US global plotting, at Secretary of State, will be Rex Tillerson, who for the past 10 years has been the chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil.
It is delusional to think that Trump is anti-establishment with these Deep State players across his administration. He is against civil intelligence agencies and against the civil intelligence agency tool, the mainstream media, but his supporting cast is all Deep State.
Given this situation, the country is boiling. The mainstream media influenced masses are angry as hell at the Trump election. Those influenced by alternative media appreciate the attack by Trump on mainstream media but are also attracted to Trump's economic ignorance. Trump is a mad protectionist. He is ass backward with the voucher program that will be promoted by his incoming Secretary of Education.
The Goldman Sachs bastards in his camp are already jawboning the Fed to keep interest rates low. The Goldman Sachs bastard that will head the Treasury is calling for an expansion of the IRS.
And Trump continues to stoke Muslim fears which is music to the ears of the military Deep State faction within the Trump Administration.
On the grand stage, at the visible level, we will see massive battles and protests from various groups manipulated by the different factions of the Deep State. It will be the wacky socialist leaning, economically ignorant left versus the as wacky, as economically ignorant, nationalists captured by the personality of the military faction frontman Donald J. Trump.
It is a grave strategic error for libertarians to pick a side in this battle. This battle, which will get fierce (especially given the potential for faction agent provocateurs), is going to drown out much of the libertarian message.
This is the time it is important to push aggressively the alternative libertarian message as an alternative to the pitched battle between different factions of the Deep Sttae. But for some reason, parts of the libertarian movement have been captured by the Trump side. They give him close to unconditional support by ignoring the many Deep State influences around him, the insane protectionist policies he advocates and his taunting of Asia and his anti-Muslim positions. And they ignore what seems to be a very strong authoritarian streak in Trump that should be deeply concerning in the current unstable world.
And so at Target Liberty and EconomicPolicyJournal.com, we are not going to take a side in this Deep State battle. We will offer commentary, from the start of the Trump Administration, from a free market and libertarian perspective.
We are not going to turn a blind eye to Trump positions that go against the grain of free markets and liberty.
If Trump takes a step toward liberty, we will cheer it. If he takes steps away from liberty, we will call him out.
As this Deep State battle rages, the libertarian voice will be heard from fewer and fewer quarters but it will always be heard at Target Liberty and EconomicPolicyJournal.com.
Robert Wenzel is Editor & Publisher of EconomicPolicyJournal.com and Target Liberty. He also writes EPJ Daily Alert and is author of The Fed Flunks: My Speech at the New York Federal Reserve Bank. Follow him on twitter:@wenzeleconomics and on LinkedIn.