A corporate-theocratic alliance is set to expand in America as Trump has appointed to his cabinet regulators who are antagonistic to the departments they run, to sabotage them and capture them for private interests, if they aren’t outright dismantled once the gears ground to a halt from sheer incompetence and there is an excuse to gut them further. Devos does not even believe in evolution, and will effectively dumb down education at public schools while elevating funding to charter schools.
Other examples of planned sabotage that I can remember:
Appointing Rick Perry who wanted to dismantle the dept. of energy, a name he forgot, but which he now runs.
Appointing an Exxon CEO associated with a Climate Change disinformation campaign to regulate the EPA. He is now under investigation. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-budget-epa-idUSKBN16N0E1 http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-tillerson-email-idUSKBN16O04O
Appointing the corporate billionaire who founded the World Wide Wrestling Foundation to manage the small business administration, rather than someone with a background and interest in advocating for small businesses.
Appointing the attorney who advised Alibaba during their IPO to manage the SEC. (Alibaba relocated to the US for an IPO because Hong Kong actually has more stringent restrictions on preferred stock, to prevent investors from buying stock that in effect doesn’t give you voting rights, thereby allowing an incompetent CEO with a minority of shares to stay in charge even if over fifty percent of the company want to kick him out.) I’ve suspected Alibaba ever since the IPO and now the SEC is investigating their accounting practices.
I expected deliberate conflicts of interest like this, and it appears that my studies within private industry (which encouraged keeping up with business and political corruption in the news) gave me insights to make better predictions than the average voter. The questions that should have dominated the election were hardly whispered – what is Trump’s background, experience, motives, and management style, and how sound are his policies? But the election instead hinged on the theme of fear on both sides, because most people still vote on emotion, rather than mainly discussing the best policies for the economy. All of the philosophy blogs I frequent have lamented the massive failure of critical thinking in the last election cycle.
At least he’s gonna make Russia great again.