Retrenching the Social Contract (a political pattern impression)
Notorious hedge-fund manager and corporate raider, Carl Icahn was made a special adviser to President Trump on regulatory reform. His recommendations, so far, will handsomely benefit his business.
According to Objectivists, it is only natural for Icahn’s self-interest to be aligned with the public interest.
While this ruling-class authority is considered by capitalists to be the natural identity of the American Revolution, it is actually counter-revolutionary.
President Trump says running the government like a business is the primary mission of his administration. The goal, he says, is to please “the customer.”
Identifying “citizens” as “customers” is counter-revolutionary. It intends to reinstate the social contract, which is whatever the king says it is, at any particular time, on command.
Like Thomas Hobbes said, however, the notion that the people’s power derives from elite authority is delusional. It is attribution error, and it results in the organized psychopathy I write about… being played out now in the theatre of politics.