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Trump and Terrorism

Every year, The Economist magazine produces a list of the biggest potential global threats.

Some of these threats are what you might expect. For example, number one is “China’s economy collapses”. Indeed, considering how intertwined our economy is with China’s, and how we are dependent on them for manufacturing, well, almost everything, their economy collapsing would be a huge threat to the world.

Number seven is “The rising threat of Jihadi terrorism destabilizes the global economy”. Most people would agree that the rise of Islamic terrorism is a global threat.

But it is number six that is full of irony. According to The Economist, “Donald Trump wins the US presidential election” is a bigger threat to the world economy than Islamic terrorism.

So much for Trump’s claims that his strong suit is business and he will improve the economy. Or maybe, when Trump talks about “winning”, he is only talking about himself.



  1. ebdoug wrote:

    After the comments by Cruz and Trump yesterday about the Brussels attacks, we need to equate

    Muslims are to IS

    Christians are to NAZIs

    Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 4:26 am | Permalink
  2. ThatGuy wrote:

    It’s not that shocking. Islamic terrorism (and terrorism in general) are dangerous and require vigilance by civilized nations. But the Economist is right to say that it isn’t terrorism itself that’s the major threat, but essentially the overreaction the world may have to it. That overreaction is, in part, Trumpism: closing borders, widespread torture, intentional targeting of noncombatants. Effectively, the beginning of a war of all against all others.

    Nevermind his promises of less-than-lethal (if only slightly) trade wars with at least three of our four biggest trade partners (China, Mexico, Japan) and his nation-breaking deportation of 11 million immigrants. But hey, the GOP have been warning us of a police state for almost exactly 8 years. We were simply fools for not realizing that it would be their pale (or ruddy, I suppose) horse that finally brought the American apocalypse.

    Sorry, I’m being dramatic. I’m only halfway through my coffee.

    Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 6:54 am | Permalink