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To fire Trump, we have to play a bigger game. This is more than just an American problem.

To Block Trump, Play a Bigger Game

It is tempting to think of the Trump emergency as a strictly American problem — to focus primarily on American institutional remedies, from impeachment to checks and balances and elections. But this misreads the situation. We need to look at a larger global picture if we are going to understand what’s going on and possibly stop it.

  1. America is only one piece of a multipart strategy. There is a network of powerful agitators who are frustrated with the current global order and are betting that this is the year that a grassroots “traditionalist” movement will rise up to overthrow it. Those aiming to catalyze this include Stephen Bannon, Stephen Miller, Robert and Rebekah Mercer, Nigel Farage, Arron Banks, Aleksandr Dugin, Vladislav Surkov (aka Natan Dubovitsky), Vladimir Putin, Marine Le Pen, and many more. Trump and Pence are effectively part of (and clients to) this broader movement. Focusing on them is perhaps less important than focusing on this broader global machinery. For more, read this and this.

There is still a nonzero chance that America’s famed system of checks and balances will confine and remedy this situation not only in America but indeed for the rest of the world. But there is strong reason for concern, and it is definitely the case that we cannot look at this strictly through a US-centric lens.

There is a network of global forces at work and we should be clear about what they are. We should be calling on our representatives to speak up about this broader global picture.

It’s time for all elected officials, past presidents and presidential candidates to call this global cabal what it is — and demand answers.

Disinformation researcher, thinker, writer, entrepreneur, TED speaker, and data visualization geek. Twitter: @davetroy Email:

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