History does not repeat, but it rhymes.
Today’s America is Wiemar Germany. But Trump is not Hitler. Rather, Trump is Kemal Ataturk.
Kemal Ataturk abandoned most of the Turkish empire, because most of it was run against the interests of Turks. It was the anti Turkish empire, as the American empire is the anti American empire.
This put Kemal Ataturk on a collision course with the Caliphate, which continued to rule by soft power what Turkey no longer ruled by hard power. Which Caliphate he was eventually forced to destroy.
Hitler wanted a German Empire. Trump intends to disband the American empire, or as much of the American empire as costs Americans money and delights in telling New York that their provincials are much holier than Americans.
The Cathedral will not be pleased. Being universalist, world empire is their heart and soul. Abandoning empire is going to piss them off a lot more than an eight year delay in turning America brown and ethnically cleansing whites is going to piss them off.
Trump is not particularly right wing. He is what was middle of the road yesterday, though progressives find it hard to tell the difference between yesterday’s middle of the road and people who chant “Heil Hitler”. The Republican establishment frequently complains that Trump fails to endorse all the wonderful policies that they did absolutely nothing to give effect to when they had the presidency and both houses.
We love Trump for the wonderful job he is done on political correctness, for being ten times as manly as any other candidate, and, last but not least, for being the only politician who is serious about not letting in the entire rest of the world into America to live on crime, welfare, and voting Democratic. Who else proposes to throw out anchor babies?
By the way, Tony Abbot kicked anchor babies out of Australia, and not a dog barked. The judges cowered and hid as they realized an airforce special forces commando outranks a high court justice. The left thought it would be a huge deal, and tried to make hay out of it, and no one paid the slightest attention.
But could Trump manage what Moldbug called “the true election” – could he attain actual power to govern?
The presidency has been steadily accumulating legislative and budgetary power. But the presidency is not the president. The presidency is a horde of fireproof bureaucrats who theoretically answer to the president, but, being fireproof, do not in fact answer to anyone. It is clear that they intend to ignore Trump and govern as they have always governed.
This will undoubtedly irritate Trump. If he does something effectual, he is going to look quite a bit like Stalin or Cromwell, and this election will be the true election.
This seems like a ridiculously optimistic hope, and I suppose it is, but Trump does not seem like the kind of man who would plan to be president without planning to actually govern.
Obviously Trump, a middle of the roader, has no intention of implementing a restoration.
But for Trump to implement anything at all, he is going to have to make a good start on a restoration.