Donald Trump signed up a couple of high-profile California delegates in recent days. One turned out to be a white nationalist. (The campaign said it was a mistake.) The other was billionaire tech investor and Facebook board member Peter Thiel. The "European-American" got most of the attention. But Thiel, a libertarian who seems to regard technology as a competing, and superior, system to politics, is the more compelling figure. In a 2009 essay, Thiel wrote, "I no longer believe that freedom and democracy are compatible."
All aboard the Trump campaign's strange flight from politics as usual.
"Politics as usual" has only a negative connotation. Gridlock, sleaze and dysfunction all fall under the rubric. A Social Security check that doesn't bounce, a lower interest rate on a student loan or access to health insurance may each be a result of politics, and each, in turn, may have become usual to someone. Strangely, none qualifies as "politics as usual."