Every one of these victories will actively make the world worse, in the sense that these big companies will get taxpayer subsidies or favors they can call in later to distort government priorities, but nobody’s going to notice these either.I think it’s important that we be prepared for this and send a clear message, before this gets any worse, that these aren’t to be taken seriously.Trump, to his supporters, is a positive, inspirational (“Make America Great Again”), larger than life figure who operates out in the open.Trump, like Superman, can be associated with American exceptionalism and middle-American values (despite the fact that he, unlike Clark Kent, was born into Big City culture).Then Trump will offer them some kind of deal, and the company will back down.Not because they’ve learned the error of their ways. But because making the President (and the public) happy is much more important to them than moving jobs to Mexico or whatever they were doing before.
“Ford decides not to build plant in Mexico because of President Trump” is front-page news.
Knowing Trump’s style of corruption, they have every reason to believe this will happen after they handed him a big PR victory. But almost tautologically, the only ones we’ll ever hear about are the ones that become media circuses, and so it will look like Trump keeps winning.
So based on these two strategies, we are in for four years of sham Trump victories which look really convincing on a first glance.
Thiel, in contrast, comes across as grim, serious, perhaps even bitter.
He prefers to work in the shadows (his support of litigation against Gawker) and who seems motivated by vengeance (or at least likely to hold grudges). He’s not the point-man of the resurgence, but he’s arguably still a major player (considering his role in the Trump campaign and beyond).