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Donald Trump is a diversion. Yes, he is a clown and a boor and the temptation might be to think that by removing him everything goes back to normal.

But by looking at the reasons he got there in the first place you will realize that the root causes must be addressed to ensure somebody even worse doesn’t get those same powers one day.

When Brexit happened, journalists first began to realize that a Trump presidency could be possible. After all Britons had no apparent good reason to leave the E.U and if this could happen, then Trump being president couldn’t be far behind. Brexit was a visceral reaction to British economic policy. It was a kick in the ribs towards the ruling class who saw their elites doing things that were impoverishing them and this was their only way to retaliate. It was those same people in middle America in places like Wisconsin with its boarded-up factories who gave the middle finger to Hillary Clinton as representing much of the corporate policies that made them feel so desperate.

Electing an idiot was their only possible retaliation. It was as if to say no matter how bad this guy is we won’t tolerate this any longer.

The ruling class in the United States and much of western Europe embraced economic policies that have ostensibly enriched the upper crust and decimated the middle class. Unregulated trade has helped some to get richer while the rest get poorer and, when people are hit in the pocketbook, they can be manipulated far more easily into accepting the bogeyman of Mexican rapists and the need to build walls.

Until that malaise is addressed there will be more Donald Trumps on the horizon or possibly worse: social upheaval and war.


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