“The Commander over Men; he to whose will our wills are to be subordinated, and loyally surrender themselves, and find their welfare in doing so, may be reckoned the most important of Great Men.” – Thomas Carlyle
My contribution to the Radix Journal “The Meaning of Trump” symposium:
“Donald Trump has made politics great again.
I can’t remember ever being riveted by a democratic election. Trump has kept us on the edge of our seats for over a year now. It goes far beyond politics. Trump has a love of life, a daring quality about him, that reminds me of Mussolini. As Thomas Carlyle once said, we are now accustomed in the West to being governed by the Duke’s bailiff. No Duke of any sort, in any aspect of national life, can rise to be a leader.
I think we all looked at Donald Trump and instinctively knew “this is what real leadership looks like.” This man could be a Caesar, a Duke, or a King …”
Trump as Carlyle’s hero … as opposed to, say, a Scott Walker, former Milwaukee county executive who feasts daily on ham and cheese sandwiches.