New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow still doesn’t seem to understand “creative destruction,” the economic concept popularized by free-marketeer Joseph Schumpeter to illustrate the disruption inherent in deep systems change.
In his column “The Worst People,” Blow doesn’t comprehend the undercurrent of frustration of America’s forgotten men and women that propelled President Trump to office, a force that sought to create a new form of politics that didn’t serve simply the connected, coastal class.
As the brilliant technologist Peter Thiel would say, Trump is a “Zero to One” leader.
“Of course the White House is in chaos,” Blow writes. “It’s just that Trump has lived his whole life in a state of chaos, so it feels perfectly normal to him. The only energy around Trump is a vortex of complicity and incompetence.”
Yet Blow’s broad-stroked “incompetence” overlooks Trump’s victories like the routing of ISIS overseas, breakthrough North Korean denuclearization sanctions and negotiations, along with rising employment, labor force participation, business growth and consumer confidence, and more.
“When you choose loyalists and sycophants over experts and professionals, this disaster of an administration is what you get,” Blow writes without factual or expert evidence to back up his claim. Abiding in his urban New York City bubble, Blow chooses to cling to the notion that “experts and professionals,” those same folks who overwhelmingly predicted candidate Trump’s failure in 2016, would be able to deliver the change that Trump voters sought when their prior tactics hadn’t delivered.
“Trump is the worst boss who hires the worst people: People who confess to crimes, are secretly operating as foreign agents, allegedly beat their wives and have absolutely no expertise in the area in which they work,” Blow intones.
But Blow, a man who claims to stand for the oppressed yet employed religious bigotry to insult Mormons like Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential campaign, offers no historical comparisons of past Democratic administrations, from the sexual misconduct of Bill Clinton to Barack Obama’s Fast and Furious debacle, the possible State Department pay-to-plays by Hillary Clinton, the appointment of Bobby Kennedy as attorney general (Blow’s own NYT described Kennedy as inexperienced and unqualified) and more.
Blow would do well to understand the wisdom that “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone.”