I am very frightened by the appointment of John Bolton as National Security Advisor. Trump may have seen him on Fox News, but he is no mere cable news commentator. There is a real danger now that the United States will launch preemptive attacks against Iran or North Korea or both. These will be described as limited surgical strikes carrying no threat of a ground war, but that is an illusion that will rapidly be undone by facts on the ground. Trump is described simultaneously as giddy with the realization that he can do the job of being President all by himself without the irritation of advisors telling him “No!” and also panicked by the tightening noose of the Mueller investigation. Bizarre thought it may appear, it may be that what agitates him the most is the danger of being exposed by three women as an inadequate lover.
All of us, myself most of all, have been putting our hopes on the November midterm elections, but things may blow up long before the intervening seven months have passed. There is absolutely no reason to think that Congressional Republicans will place constraints on Trump, and I am very fearful that if we are in a new war, along with the old ones, when the elections come around, voters may rally behind the Administration.
It is very difficult at such a moment to think through a theoretical lecture on the theories of Karl Marx.