The Anonymous Widower

It’s Time To Look On The Bright Side Of Trump

This was the title of a comment by Matt Ridley in The Times yesterday.

He may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I have read a couple of his books; Genome and Nature via Nurture and found they added to my knowledge.

This is a precis of his comment.

He starts like this.

So here, after a few days of talking to people in America’s two biggest economies, California and Texas, are ten reasons why I think a Trump residency may not be as awful as many think, even if, like me, you heard of the news of his victory with a sinking feeling.

The article has ten main sections.

  1. Just as after Brexit, the markets went up, not down. Despite the predictions of analysts.
  2. He is already watering down his more outlandish threats.
  3. The Presidency is nothing like as powerful a job as it seems.
  4. The Democratic Party will soon be back and hounding Mr. Trump, if only in the Courts.
  5. Mr. Trump is already surrounding himself with reasonably sensible people.
  6. Some of his policies are not so bad.
  7. His adviser on climate and energy, Myron Ebell, is right that climate change policy has become a gravy train for the rich that hurts the poor.
  8. The promised “swamp draining” – in the unlikely event Mr. Trump pulls it off – will be cathartic.
  9. His reprehensible attitude to women, minorities and the disabled, though setting a terrible example, is fortunately unlikely to result in actual persecution by the government.
  10. The idea that this is the end of democracy or the start of fascism, as some hyperventilating luvvies are saying, is nonsense.

Ridley finishes with.

If he really does kill the North American Free Trade Agreement, as well as the transpacific and transatlantic trade treaties, he will assuredly cause a recession that hurts blue-collar workers in the rust belt more than free trade ever did. And he might craqsh the world economy.

I can see few silver linings there.

Here are some quotes from the article I can agree with.

  • Mr. Pence is a creationist and religious conservative, which is not my cup of tea.
  • The House Speaker, Paul Ryan, is a formidable figure who will effectively decide how much of Trump’s programme will happen.
  • Steven Mnuchin, the likely Treasury Secretary, is from Goldman Sachs, for goodness sake.
  • If Mr. Trump unleashes more gas production, that will cut emissions and drive out coal faster than renewable energy ever could.
  • Compared with many Republicans, Mr. Trump is positively liberal on matters such as abortion and religion.
  • If Mr. Trump makes a mess of things, he will be gone in four years – or sooner.

If you get a chance to read the whole article, you should.


November 15, 2016 - Posted by | World | , ,


  1. Many of my US friends are gay or lesbian, and they are very worried, as are their transgender friends. Regarding religion – Franklin Graham is very bad news, and he and Trump seem to be rather friendly. Franklin is the son of Billy, but is very fundamentalist, right wing and conservative.

    Although women, the disabled, the minorities are unlikely to be persecuted by the government, it will insidiously become more acceptable for other people and organisations to deny them their human rights.

    My other serious concern is that this man has no experience of public office, and he doesn’t appear to realise that running a country is not the same as running successful businesses.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | November 15, 2016 | Reply

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    Comment by Russ Hurley | November 16, 2016 | Reply

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