The Eighteenth Brumaire of Donald Trump

Well folks, buckle up! It’s going to be one hell of a ride these next four (8?) years. I for one am stocking the pantry with popcorn to munch on while watching the spectacle.

On November 9th, 1799, Napoleon Bonaparte seized control of the French government in a bloodless coup. The French revolutionaries had established a new calendar, and November 9th of that year was the 18th day of the month of Brumaire. The French revolution and Napoleon’s rise now appear to have been manufactured and managed by hidden powers acting behind the scenes. Many of us here believe the same can be said about this election, and Trump’s rise to power, which took place on September 8, 2016 “just happens” to correspond to the 18th of Brumaire according to the revolutionary calendar. (Note all the spook markers on these dates, too: November 9 is written 11/9 or 9/11 if you live outside the US; November 8 is 11/8; Brumaire [meaning fog] was the second month of the revolutionary calendar, so it is 18/2, with the digits summing to 11.)

Karl Marx, also an agent of hidden powers acting as controlled opposition, famously wrote “The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon,” which was an analysis of the rise to power of Napoleon’s nephew, Louis-Napoleon, who also seized power in a bloodless coup in 1851.

Marx said that the intention of the essay was to “demonstrate how the class struggle in France created circumstances and relationships that made it possible for a grotesque mediocrity to play a hero’s part.” All I see now in the mainstream media are countless attempts to explain what circumstances and relationships made Trump’s victory possible. (Example from NYT: “Why Trump Won: Working-Class Whites.”)

As with Marx, this is all misdirection: the outcome was manufactured. Not by anonymous circumstances and relationships, but by hidden powers acting behind the scenes. If it wasn’t accomplished by hacked voting machines, it was rigged by a concerted publicity and propaganda campaign that those very same mainstream media outlets helped engineer (while maintaining plausible deniability).

There are two well-known quotations from Marx’s otherwise unreadable essay:

“People make their own history, but they make it not however they want, not under self-selected circumstances, but out of the actual given and transmitted situation. The traditions of all the dead generations burden, like a nightmare, the minds of the living.”

As ever, Marx sought to divert us into nameless, faceless classes and disembodied forces from the past acting on the future. But as usual there is also a nugget of truth here: people do not make their own history however they want, and the situation we find ourselves in was indeed selected and transmitted. Yet the nightmares that burden us cannot be blamed on the dead, or class relations, or disembodied social forces.

The second well-known remark from the essay is that history repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce. Now the question is: what happens the third time around?

5 thoughts on “The Eighteenth Brumaire of Donald Trump

  1. Thanks for another great post. More than ever, those still participating in our fake nation state and fake “Republic”/democracy remain totally unaware of the sea of propaganda in which we all swim daily. Is it any wonder the MSM only allows two parties, two candidates to face citizens/voters at any one time? “Twin” faces of the same beast. Next step, two becomes one.


  2. I was surprised in total by the Trump victory, but not troubled or concerned. I am kind of relieved not to have to listen to Hillary’s shrill cackle for four years. I have come to view Democrats as far more devious and malevolent than Republicans, who tend to be a little more stupid and harmless. Having run for office as a Democrat in Montana, I still have a slimy feel about the people I met in party leadership. That helped me move away from party politics, a necessary move forward if one is ever going to make sense if this world. What a journey! What fun!

    Anyway, daddieuhoh, I was looking for some sensible writing this morning among all of the crying and fearmongering going on, and you provided it. Thank you. If you want to wallow in grief and fear and depression, spent a few minutes at Huffington Post this morning.

    Otherwise, nothing has changed. Be happy!

    [I should add that my comments about Democrats and Republicans refer to the political class, and not ordinary people, who are almost all good and sincere and confused.]

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  3. Looking back in history, it’s now pretty easy (knowing what to look for) to see that the election process has ALWAYS been a hoax. But, just going back to the Kennedy/Nixon debate, at least it wasn’t a total insult to our intelligence. Anyone who actually votes should really ask themselves , why.


  4. Here’s an interesting connection: looks like both Trump and Hillary are descended from John of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford, both of whom make an appearance in MM’s latest paper on Henry VII and the Tudors.


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