Where Donald Trump has been a true innovator is in his willingness to rhetorically combine positions from the isolationist right, the far right, the center right and the center left. If I were running for president, I’d approach politics in the same way: not as a liberal, a conservative, a libertarian or a centrist.
I’d run as an extremist.
The agenda that could actually make America great again would combine the best ideas of the extreme left and the extreme right. This year is probably too soon for such a radical platform, but by 2020 – after more extreme weather, after machines replace more middle-class jobs, after more mass shootings and after much more global disorder – voters will realize that our stale left-right parties can’t produce the needed answers for our postindustrial era. Accelerations in Moore’s law, the market and climate change are transforming the workplace, the environment and nation-states, leaving people feeling insecure and unmoored.
It’s time for a true nonpartisan extremist, one whose platform combines the following:
We need a tax system that shrinks what we don’t want – carbon, sugar and bullets – and incentivizes what we need. If we slash corporate taxes, many more companies will want to locate here, and the ones domiciled here will have the incentive to bring home foreign profits and plow them into research and new business lines.
In sum, our slow growth, inequality and national security challenges require radical solutions: strengthening safety nets, curbing the bad environmental and health behaviors that are bankrupting us and paying for it all by sharply incentivizing risk-taking, innovation, investment and hiring.
That calls for a nonpartisan extremist for president who’s ready to go far left and far right – simultaneously. That’s my 2020 vision, and in four years the country just might be ready for it.