Burn It All Down: Nihilism or Renovation?

Over at Neo-neocon (a blog I like quite a bit) Neo observes that Trump’s apparent primary victory may have been “baked in the cake” in the sense that an angry electorate was in no mood for optimism and decorum, and viewed him as the best “incendiary device” for attacking the GOP establishment.  I think there’s a lot to that — it’s probably as good an explanation as any.  Read the whole thing, as they say.

But what struck me most about the post is her suggestion that Trump’s victory represents a triumph of a faction that just wants to “burn it all down.”  Her implication, I think it’s fair to say, is that the burning down is the end in itself, rather than a means to an end.  In this telling a good number of Trump supporters are the sorts who just want to watch the world burn.

I’d like to think to think there is a more noble impulse at work.  The burning down may be the first step in a renovation by a homeowner who can’t afford the permits and cost of a proper demolition company, but who knows the old structure is unsound and a new one is needed.  Sometimes you have to raze a house to raise a house, as it were.  Neo notes that it’s too early to know how this all will turn out, but I’d like to think an unambiguously bad outcome is not “baked in the cake.”

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