While this article nicely summarizes the destruction of the American international order based on trade, it does so with a nearly complicit tone. Trump is dedicated to destruction of the existing world for his personal gain. Whether this is a product of mental illness, the specific orders he has been given, or a combination of both really doesn’t matter. Obviously Trump thinks he will continue to gain great wealth from this and that he, by following orders, will also be protected. His actions make little sense without this combination of goals.
Despite large quantities of circumstantial evidence supporting this from well before the 2016 election, nothing has been done to stop the destruction. This raises some very interesting questions. Is this inability to even admit the situation, let alone act against it, the result of a large part of the federal political infrastructure being complicit with this destruction? Is it simply a complete inability to imagine what is happening? Or is it fear combined with a complete loss of moral and ethical principles. Again, I can only assume it is a combination of all three.