If it wants to stay this big and unregulated, Facebook cannot afford to upset the rulers of countries where it operates, no matter how abhorrent their actions. We saw that in Myanmar, where military personnel used Facebook to help incite the Rohingya massacres. Now we see it in the US, where Facebook refuses to run afoul of a president who just called in troops to tear gas citizens.
Barack Obama’s foreign policy was characterised as leading from behind.
Trump’s doctrine may come to be understood as retreating from the front.
On Steve Bannon’s office setup at the White House:
He also began moving furniture out. The point was to leave no room for anyone to sit. Limit discussion. Limit debate. This was war.
So far, Mr Trump has governed mainly as a traditional Republican “pluto-populist”, delivering policies to the plutocracy and rhetoric to his angered base.
Barack Obama delivered to black people the hoary message that if they work twice as hard as white people, anything is possible.
But Trump’s counter is persuasive: Work half as hard as black people, and even more is possible.