Phil Richardson: “The Trump Revolution” or “The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed” book review

By Phil Richardson

Yes, it’s is a review by one of the most compelling books I’ve encountered in many a decade. Ilana Mercer is the writer. We’ve read bits from her columns, but never expected this: a complete guide for the perpetually perplexed; a compact course in political science for the year 2017 and the decades beyond.

If you are into pondering, get the book and wait for a long, rainy weekend (a rare occurrence in Tucson, Arizona) and immerse yourself in a long, slow read.

Let me begin with two quotations: “Donald J. Trump is smashing an enmeshed political spoils system to bits” and “Understandably, The Donald has the political players rising on their hind legs in defense of their realm.” If you found these provocative, you will enjoy the wit, with which Ms Mercer makes her case, whether you agree with her reprise of what she terms, “Trumps Holy Terror,” or not.

According to her, Trump’s appeal transcends both the left, the right and middle of the political spectrum.

Ilana Mercer is a protolibertarian—perhaps a new political label for both or us. A protolibertarian is one who combines a conservative philosophy with a radical libertarian opposition to government intervention in our lives.

Therefore, by reading her treatise, she is worthy of making this statement on Wikiquote…in case you’re interested: “The rights to life, liberty and property were not to be subject to the vagaries* of majority rule. (What d’ye think of that statement?)

If you feel unable to come to terms with President Donald Trump’s Grassroots election, ask yourself, as I did, why is Trump so popular? I honestly can say that I dislike the idea of hating our President. I’m not crazy about him, you understand. It’s just that I think I can get used to someone actually breaking the logjam on the Potomac.

*Vagaries: Unpredictable, capricious, or erratic (or might I add, whimsical) action. —Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary


Phil Richardson, Observer of the human condition and storyteller, is a retired broadcast executive residing in Tucson, Arizona. He is the author of two books available at His latest book is the Prosperity Coal Company – a book about hard times and union wars in the coal fields, in times past.

“He goes doddering on into his old age, making a public nuisance of himself.” – Joseph L. Menchen




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