I warned that this would occur with Trump's victory.
Two days after the election I wrote:
The socialists are going to experience a boom in followers under Trump.And so it has. Vice reports:
Seizing the means of production is so hot right now.And the right is infatuated with the anti-trade, big government, crony Trump.
Long relegated to the fringes of American politics, socialism is surging on college campuses in the aftermath of the presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders — a self-described democratic socialist — and Donald Trump’s victory. The Young Democratic Socialists of America went from 12 chapters at the end of 2016 to 47 in June, and at least 100 are expected by the end of this semester (329 colleges registered for materials in August).
As I wrote immediately following the 2016 election:
Crony capitalism is bad but trade wars, tarriffs and other protectionist policies are worse. This, though, is the direction Trump appears to want to move in on trade. Yet, in the comments, I see support for Trump's barbaric trade thinking. No doubt there will be more such support for Trump in the comments to this post, though, Trump is nowhere near a small government advocate. He may move in a small government direction on an issue here or there but he will be mostly about expanding the state. As I say, few from the right are going to be concerned about this, their man is in power.
Bottom line: Advancing the libertarian cause just got much more difficult with the Trump victory.Hillary as president would have provided a ready-made audience of libertarian prospects that are now co-opted by the statist Trump. And the young Left are going even more socilaist.