Are Trump And Putin Taking Us To A Corporate System OF Governance?

There is fast breaking news that strongly suggests that something is afoot way beyond a traditional changing of the political guard in Washington — the switching from the old Obama administration to the new Trump administration. Suddenly we are seeing super rich and corporate powerhouse types being brought into Trump World, with many, including Trump himself, having dubious ties to Russia and Putin.

It is even rumored, as I write this piece, that Exxon Mobil CEO Tillerson — a man on whom Vladimir Putin has bestowed the highest Russian civilian medal — is about to become the next secretary of state. (I hope this is not fake news.)

Now here is the way outside the box, non-rhetorical sixty-four thousand dollar question: Is Donald J. Trump the leader, or figurehead, of a sudden movement away from a democratic nation state system of governance to an international corporate system of governance somehow involving Russia?

Now I realize that this notion smacks of many of those old right-wing conspiracy hoaxes in the folklore sense of the Trilateral Commission gibberish that I have always dismissed, but…? It does make political evolutionary sense to go corporate at this time in history. Corporations are fully flexible in that they are not geographically limited, being able to deploy their assets to any place of the greatest advantage.

I mean, for tens of thousands of years the family and tribe was the basis of political organization. Then along the way to hundreds of year of dynastic family rule and empire there were some brief dabbling’s in democracy as with the Greeks and such.

And then lead by the United States there has been a few hundred years of an experiment with the democratic nation state. But now with such rapid technological and social changes, it begs the question has democracy run out of gas? Is it unable to keep up? Is the world being compelled to ditch a cumbersome democratic system of government for the ruthless efficiency of the corporation? Where are Trump and Putin taking us?

I don’t pretend to know the answers to these questions, but I’m certain that the world is on the cusp of a sea change of some sort when it comes to methods of political organization. What say you?

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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