Thursday, July 12, 2018

I Have Read Ludwig von Mises and Donald Trump is No Misesian

I wonder if Trump fanboys really pay attention to what Donald Trump says when he lays his economic farts in NATO meetings.

Trump said this Wednesday at a bilateral breakfast with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg:
Well, I have to say, I think it’s very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia, where you’re supposed to be guarding against Russia, and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia.
How idiotic! If he were really interested in winding down NATO (instead of calling for more military spending by NATO members), he would be cheering on the oil and gas deal between Russia and Germany. It is trade between nations that reduces the potential for conflict.

Ludwig von Mises wrote:
In our age of international division of labor, free trade is the
prerequisite for any amicable arrangement between nations.
Omnipotent Government, p. 6
History is a struggle between two principles, the peaceful
principle, which advances the development of trade, and the
militarist-imperialist principle, which interprets human society
not as a friendly division of labour but as the forcible repression
of some of its members by others.
Socialism, p. 268 
Trump seems to understand none of this. Yet, there are Trump fanboys out there who cheer on Trump's" attacks on NATO"--which, I repeat, are not attacks to move more NATO members in the direction of greater international trade but a call for NATO members to increase military spending.

Trump is best understood as the anti-civilization man.



  1. My first impression is that The Donald, not being anti-Russian, is using the German/Russian trade to show the hypocrisy when those that back Germany give him flack about negotiating with Putin.

    1. Yeah except for the fact his aim is to increase NATO membership military spending at the Russian borders.

      And two he is inconsistent on everything. Now he is calling on the globalist UN to enforce sanctions against North Korea: More Evil From the Trump Administration

      This guy is bad news. You can pick an occasional sentence that he spouts and make him look like Thomas Jefferson. In reality, he would be another Mao if he thought he could get away with it--and he moves in that direction whenever he can.

  2. Trade is one thing, but it is unwise to to allow energy dependence on a power with whom they have frequently been at war.

  3. It is definitely actions and not words, but everyone here is getting caught up in words also. I don't think anyone claimed that Trump follows Mises or Austrian economics