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Italy’s Donald Trump

Politicians and businessmen do not always see eye to eye.  In ancient Rome the political elite, the Senatorial Order, squabbled with the wealthy Knights of the Equestrian Order.  Cicero advocated a “Concord of the Orders,” where senators and knights would work together against the political ambition and military might of Crassus and Julius Caesar.  Neither side listened, but Cicero’s plan might have saved the republic.

In the modern world politicians and the superrich seem to get along all too well.  The very wealthy rarely bother to seek public office, since their money provides all the access they need to politicians.  Now, however, Donald Trump is seeking the Republican nomination for president.  His campaign has been greeted with enthusiasm by many middle-class folk—and not just of the Tea Party persuasion—but with anger and scorn by members of the political and financial elites and the mainstream media, including National Review and FOX News.  Middle-class Americans, who have no one to speak for them in either political party, are excited by Trump’s advocacy of patriotic positions on immigration and trade, and his refusal to kowtow to political correctness.  They are not bothered by the fact that he is rich and boasts of it.

Trump attributes his success to his ability to make deals.  In fact, he “wrote the book on the subject,”...

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