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Princess Ivanka is "Heartbroken". America Goes To War - Peter Diekmeyer (29/4/2017)

Princess Ivanka is "Heartbroken". America Goes To War - Peter Diekmeyer

April 29, 2017

America’s stunning attack on Syria just days after the Trump Administration signaled tolerance for the Assad regime has left global-macro analysts scrambling to grasp the President’s decision making processes.

Reports that Ivanka Trump’s “heartbroken” reaction to a possible chemical weapons attack influenced the impulsive decision suggest a President guided more by emotion than law or rigorous policy analysis.

The extent of the President’s daughter’s role in inspiring an act of war, without a formal investigating of the incident, Congressional approval or United Nation’s sanction calls for a total reappraisal of how the Administration is analyzed.

Because if the Trump children’s influence overrules traditional checks and balances related to war, then it will also be felt in economic, social, and political matters.

America's drift towards monarchy

 

Ironically, the best historical model to use when analyzing the Trump Administration may be a monarchical court, in which the relative powers of princes, princesses, and “hired help” (such as senior advisor Steven Bannon) are often opaque.

This may sound like heresy. But there are numerous signs suggest that the United States has been drifting towards de facto monarchy for decades.

This can be seen in strong voter support for both the Bush and Clinton families, pressures on Michelle Obama to run for public office, coupled with a plunge in intergenerational economic mobility and the entrenching establishments of various power elites.

Donald Trump looks to be positioning his family to continue that trend.

The US President has given key policy posts to both Ivanka and his son-in-law Jared Kushner and has positioned US initiatives to funnel cash and free advertising to family holdings (Mar-a-Lago and Trump Tower), run by his sons Eric and Donald Junior.

America isn’t alone in its drift towards monarchy, which for most of recorded human history has been the planet’s natural system of governance.

Canada’s Justin Trudeau is the son of a former head of state, as are Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Korea’s Kim Jong-Un, and slews of third world leaders.

Prince "Jared the Debtor": key to U.S. monetary policy

If you think of the Trump children and relatives as traditional “princes” and “princesses”, then their interests and possible courses of action become clearer.

The best example relates to Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, whom, for ease of understanding, we may refer to as “Prince Jared the Debtor” in this article.

Prince Jared comes from the Kushner real estate family, which like most investors in the sector, including King Donald himself, are heavy users of debt financing.

Analysts who take this into consideration, as we did in our Megatrends 2020 article , can easily chart the course for interest rates: the Trump Administration Federal Reserve appointments will consist entirely of easy money advocates.

The President himself recently confirmed this by uttering favorable comments about Janet Yellen, following harsh condemnation of her policies during the election campaign.

Similar clarity about possible Trump Administration moves can be gained by analyzing the relative positions of the remaining Trump children, Eric, Donald and Tiffany, as well as other family members.

King Donald the Tyrant

On a more sobering note, analyzing the Trump Administration as a monarchy, with Donald Trump as “King”, provides an excellent framework for understanding how foreign powers will react.

James Madison, writing in the Federalist Papers (under the pseudonym Helvetius 1), described a government that initiated acts of war without Congressional approval (as the Trump Administration just did) as a “tyranny.”

Americans will not initially pay attention to this analysis or depiction. But foreign powers will.

The era of hyperpower politics ended last week.

As these words are being typed, any foreign leader with interests that are antithetical to those of King Donald the Tyrant, that has a modicum of common sense, will be seeking a way to get under either the Russian or Chinese nuclear umbrella.

A huge opportunity for the Alt-Fin media

Analyzing the power and influence of the Trump children as well as the President’s brothers, sisters and friends provides stunning opportunities for the Alt-Fin media.

Zero Hedge, USA Watchdog, RealVision, newsletter writers and the like, many of which have been operating “out of the box” for years, are far better prepared to adapt the new environment than legacy analysts.

That’s particularly true of the older Alt-Fin media hacks who followed the Soviet Union during the Cold War, who refined creative techniques for assessing power structures by, for example analyzing the positioning of Politburo members during May Day parades.

Conversely mainstream media, think tanks and private sector forecasters - which assess power structures and economic trends based on title, function and flows - are unlikely to have the flexibility to adjust their perspectives outside their silos.

That said, the following is a useful tool:

Pick the Trump kid, friend, or relative whose motives and actions you want to understand.

Now pronounce their name with their appropriate title next to it.

“Princess Ivanka the Heartbroken.” “Prince Jared the Debtor.” “Princess Tiffany the Wild.” “King Donald the Tyrant.”

Now you get it.

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Peter Diekmeyer has been a business writer/editor with publications such as Sprott Money News, the National Post and Canadian Defence Review and Jane's Defence for nearly three decades. He has studied in MBA, CA and Law programs but dropped out of all three after failing to convince the academics that they were wrong about everything.  Diekmeyer has interviewed more than 200 CEOs and filed reports from dozens of countries. 

His most terrifying moment came when he spoke to central bank economists for the first time and realized that (unlike politicians) they actually believed their own analysis and forecasts. 
He has been a regular contributor to the Sprott Money blog since 2015.

*The author is not affiliated with, endorsed or sponsored by Sprott Money Ltd. The views and opinions expressed in this material are those of the author or guest speaker, are subject to change and may not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprott Money Ltd. Sprott Money does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, timeliness and reliability of the information or any results from its use.

Comments

Jim Dale
April 19, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Her sentiments regarding Pres. Trump are redickulous. Syria gassed women and children. He took action. He didn't sit around with his thumbs up his butt. What is wrong with this stupid little spoiled rich kid?
Eric Lennox
April 20, 2017 at 12:51 AM
Canada is already a monarchy. Queen Elizabeth II is the head of state of Canada. Justin Trudeau's father was a former head of government. Just as Justin Trudeau currently is.
Don
April 23, 2017 at 12:28 PM
Ah yes president Ivanka influencing daddy. I wasn't aware I voted for the liberal princess snowflake. Something good did come out of this however - Russia did knock out close to half of our TLAMS - this should serve as a wake up call to our government. After 8 years of our military being eviscerated by Obongo that we had better get on the stick and fix our military.
Beverly Arnold Bock
April 25, 2017 at 1:17 PM
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is Prime Minister, Head of Government, just as his father Pierre was. Sorry, neither is/was 'Head of State' as stated in this article. The Head of State in Canada is the Governor General. Arnold