Here's some more thinking on how Trump (with Bannon's help) could (~will) use social networking to turn the populist insurgency that got them into the White House into a dynamic (or extremely dangerous, depending on your perspective) political force.
Articles from Global Guerrillas
We live in a world where we can get nearly everything instantly.
Instant information. Instant entertainment. Instant communications. Instant transactions.
Simply and rightly, we have come to expect our decisions to yield instant results from the systems that serve us.
Well, that's true for every system except our political system.
The New York Times pointed out yesterday that Trump ran his candidacy like an Internet start-up. His goal was to use Internet technology to disintermediate the established system (parties, media, etc.) of getting a President elected. Bannon even brought into the team start-up culture mantras:
"move fast and break things"
Social networking is changing politics, that fact should be clear by now. A simple proof: Trump wouldn't be in the White House without it.
But where is political networking taking us? That's the BIG question. I've been doing lots of thinking about this (it's going into my book). Here's my shorthand for where our political system is headed. We have three political networks to choose from:
The Trump presidency operates very differently (obviously) than those of his post-WW2 predecessors. First off, its goals are completely different: it's dismantling the neoliberal system. A system that earlier administrations built up over decades. Second, and equally as interestingly, it operates more like a network than a bureaucracy.
What is Trump doing?
Trump is rolling back neoliberalism and everything connected to it.
To understand what this means, here's a narrative of Trump's insurgency. It explains what he is doing and what he is likely to do. It starts with the rise of neoliberalism.
A simple to change to how propaganda is developed and distributed has fundamentally altered US politics.
For our purposes, propaganda is the systematic use of...
- false, and/or
...information to influence the decision making of a target audience.
The US, as a socio-economic system, is now running open loop.
Not only that, it's running open loop in an extremely chaotic environment and that's bad news. While open loop systems are extremely stable under controlled conditions, they can be just the opposite in complex, rapidly changing or uncertain environments. In those environments they fail quickly or worse: they run amok.
Trump's open source insurgency put him in the White House, will another open source insurgency remove him from it before the next election?
Potentially. Let's dive into this. Last fall I wrote about the potential for an anti-Trump insurgency in the US that looked very similar to the protest that kicked Mubarak out of office in Egypt.
With Trump's inauguration tomorrow, I thought this thinking might be useful.
I was on a panel at the always insightful Suits and Spooks conference in Washington DC last week (it's an eclectic mix of IC pros and cybersecurity execs from around the world). It was lots of fun. The topic of discussion on my panel was the title of this post: will the world be safer or more dangerous under a Trump presidency?