West Virginia's Chemical Industry, David Brooks Concepts, Trump's Silence on Article 5: The Deflections of Political Messaging

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DDDespite Trump’s vehement denials, what America does in the world counts for peace and prosperity—social stability is tied to economic opportunity! West Virrginia has a secret worth telling because it exposes the power of political messaging to conceal success, create victims, and hide solutions ripe at hand. West Virginia is home to over 140 chemical and polymer manufacturers, including five of the world’s largest, Dow, Dupont, Bayer, Kureha, SABIC; it ranks sixth among states in GDP derived from chemicals, 25% of its $4.8 billion in exports are chemical and polymers. 15,000 workers earn an average of $75,000 a year! Yet all of the talk about West Virginia is about coal!

The Washington Works DuPont plant in Parkersburg, WV on Wednesday, August 5, 2015.

The Washington Works DuPont plant in Parkersburg, WV on Wednesday, August 5, 2015.

West Virginia Success And Political Misdirection

West Virginia succeeded in developing a robust research and manufacturing chemical/polymer industry by following the established/proven template for development: infrastructure (it build a chemical alliance zone that supports research, engineering, and manufacturing), economies of scale (it persuaded firms to create a business cluster), knowledge support (university programs and research centers), transportation (easy market access to raw materials, specialized services, downstream customers/consumers), skilled workforce (trained, low turnover) and regulatory assistance (tax breaks targeted at research/development). These industries have attracted firms in aerospace, biometrics, plastic coatings and specialty metals!

Yet all the talk is about coal.

This tells us the importance of political messaging. The globe knows of West Virginia’s success, buys from its firms by the billions, but its hometown coal miners see no exit from their diminishing fate, due to messaging which is self-defeating but works for politicians who gain from their pain!

Concepts And Models Are Messages

David Brooks column in the New York Times today continued the tradition of misdirected messaging. His misdirection is conceptual, about our “national crisis.” He cites four completing American narratives to describe and explain how we arrived in the fear pit, but each one is rife with errors! Both empirical and conceptual. (Logic ties one to the other!)

Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Exodus.

Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Exodus.

Brooks first cites exodus. But not exodus, but pursuit (Marley’s “exodus,” not running from, but going to) was the first step on the crystal stair; the second pursued wealth; lead by rice, the colonial crop created New England’s rum trade, supported ship building, iron smelting in England, fed West Indian slaves and created vast Southern wealth.

That wealth lead to the first division, an asymmetrical structure still with us: the idea that equality is the enemy of freedom. It is a unique American libertarian twist (avoided by Thoreau!). It is seen in the Dred Scott Supreme Court ruling, in Articles of Secession, in today’s Republicans. As with the Obamacare repeal, its believers don’t support a society structured to enhance opportunity. Its a view that justifies oppression–transfers of wealth, not freedom, a contradiction its believers deny.

Brooks second cited narrative plays directly into this denial: it pretends disruption fails, that disruption causes concentrated power—no! Disruption works: India, Brazil, China—America–used disruption to increase freedom and opportunity through expanding social platforms; oligarchs push back with nefarious means to circumvent the democracy movement, evident today!

Brooks third is a bold lie: multiculturalism is the defense of freedom against embedded white privilege (also denied); the “into what” interrogative has not one but millions of individual answers, as freedom is exercised!

Women's March, January 2017.

Women’s March, January 2017.

The talented community is closest to the consensus reality-but many still seek the overlooked plantation model, power, wealth and total control.

Trumps favors the national plantation, with himself as supreme overlord.

The Balance Sheet Message

NATO represents not only America’s allies, but America’s markets. The economic returns from a stable Europe, its growth and forward thinking cannot be measured in defense payments of 2%! This, again, is the Republican reliance of balance sheet to avoid the true measures of social good—always numbers are used to limit rights and protections, the safety nets organic to prosperity.

But in Trump’s case, his silence on Article 5 reflects his vision; his vision is a darkness filled with enemies and slackers, no matter whether they were friends or foes before. The tipping point is wealth and power; he has a deeply rooted disdain and contempt for democracy and elections—they set limits on power. He prefers those who act as kings and dictators, or ruthless autocrats who arrest and kill domestic dissenters, he seeks entry into this cliché as the American emperor. He sees this as the measure of true power. He will never reject Putin, who is his inner ideal.

He sees Europe as too weak to stand alone. He scorns any peace attained without a fight. To him, Europe is unworthy and undeserving and beneath his favor. Putin is the pinnacle of his inner circle.

He is a sad man with limited understanding and vision, with no sense of history; a con man with no values of good will; an impulsive man who cannot think deeply or be disciplined; a needy man who pleases himself by his contentious victories built on lies; a blind man who is unable to learn new ways.

He will benefit from benign neglect and active resistance.

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