[Intel Report] Naomi Klein: The U.S. government has become the ultimate extension of Donald Trump’s for-profit brand

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Any distinction between the Trump brand and the Trump presidency is a concept the current occupant of the White House cannot begin to comprehend. The presidency is the crowning extension of the Trump brand
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Naomi Klein, The Intercept: The U.S. government has become the ultimate extension of Donald Trump’s for-profit brand

The Trump family’s business model is part of a broader shift in corporate structure that has taken place within many brand-based multinationals, one with transformative impacts on culture and the job market.

What this model tells us is that the very idea that there could be – or should be – any distinction between the Trump brand and the Trump presidency is a concept the current occupant of the White House cannot begin to comprehend. The presidency is the crowning extension of the Trump brand.

We are in entirely uncharted territory, because let’s face it: human megabrands are a relatively new phenomenon. CONTINUE READING


Tom Toles, Washington Post: The current American project seems to be privatizing totalitarianism

Back in the 20th century, the totalitarian idea was government control of everything. But the new conservative idea is to privatize this model so that you can have all the power, but with a better profit margin.

Instead of government ownership of every industry, we will have monopoly ownership of every industry. Instead of a Ministry of Information, we will have a profitable network delivering propaganda, audience-tested, with commercials. CONTINUE READING


Editorial, Baltimore Sun: Md., D.C. suing Trump: Somebody had to do it

The justice department, in response to an earlier suit, argued that what he’s doing is no different from dealings President George Washington selling agricultural products overseas or President Barack Obama receiving royalties from copies of his books held in foreign libraries. That is absurd. Whether intentionally or unwittingly, Mr. Trump has turned the presidency into a profit center for his private business, and he has prevented the public from knowing the extent of his conflicts. That is something no president has done, and none ever should. CONTINUE READING

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