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Monday, June 13, 2016

On Reading Donald Trump

A Donald Trump presidency in US now seems inevitable. So yesterday, I finally purchased his book: “Trump—The Art of The Deal.” On my bookshelf, I have made a special place for it—between the books of Aristotle, Ayn Rand and Leonard Peikoff.

When Trump wrote this book, he wasn't a politician, he was a celebrity businessman. Yet I hope to find in this book some clues about his political ideas.

The book opens with these lines:

“I don’t do it for the money. I’ve got enough, much more than I’ll ever need. I do it to do it.”

I think, he sounds whimsical in these opening lines. But I am yet to read the book, and I am hopeful of finding better ideas as I read further.

During the last 3 or 4 months, Trump has not given a clear view of his political ideas. He keeps changing his policy positions—at times he refuses to address policy questions directly.

He claims that his unpredictability is a good thing, because it will allow him to cut better deals. The dichotomy between his past and present stances, makes it difficult to know what he really thinks.

About the arrangement of the books in my bookshelf—this represents the view that the world would be a much better place if we had politicians who are motivated by the philosophy of reason. 

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