Say Trump wins. Trump may very well end up winning next week.
So say he wins. He'll then be at the top of the Federal Government. A lair of snakes if there ever was one. Every single agency of government, and every single unofficial agency of government (Academia, the Press, all those QUANGOs, basically every organization which belongs to the Cathedral but is not technically part of USG) is against him; against him to the point of willing his assassination.
This is going to be tough. Trump needs friends. Lots of friends. He needs to purge the whole establishment and put people he can trust on their place.
But who can he trust? Who are his friends? It's not that he has no friends. He has plenty of supporters and sympathizers. Even inside USG. But how can he find them? Of course he could ask them to stand up; but plenty of evil entryists would stand up too and try to destroy his projects from within.
So Trump has a big problem here. He needs to find loyal people and he needs a good way to identify them. How can he do that?
If you've been reading this blog for some time, you may have some hint at the answer. But let me do some historical analogy. Of China, of course. It's not a very good one; but it's what I'm reading right now so I might as well write about it anyway.
The Mongols conquered China in two stages; In 1234 they destroyed the Jurchen-ruled Jin dynasty, which controlled North China, and in 1279 they conquered the Southern Song dynasty, which ruled the South. It didn't take a long for Mongol rule to break down. China is a huge country; it took a lot of very fine administrative finesse to keep the whole thing controlled under a single government. And the Mongols weren't very good at administrative finesse. Once the Mongol armies stopped being awesome the whole thing unraveled pretty fast. By 1330 the whole thing was disintegrating fast. By 1350 the Mongol court barely controlled the capital area.
While public order disintegrated, dozens of warlords arose, each controlling some part of the country. Some were Mongol generals themselves. Some were organized crime, mostly smugglers, who had money and armed people at their disposal. Some were just local rich guys who were good at raising an army. And others were wacko millenarian cults who preached the coming of some new awesome godly world were food and babes fell from the sky, dressed up in a mix of Buddhist and Manichean jargon.
These warlords then of course started fighting each other, in a huge and devastating civil war that lasted until 1368. The Mongol generals first had the upper hand; they had seasoned troops and the old administrative apparatus on their hand. The smugglers were also pretty strong; they had long experience at running armed operations, and they had money to burn.
But you know who won in the end? The Ming Dynasty. And do you know what 明 Ming means? Brightness. Ming was the name of the Bright Cult, Manicheanism. Zhu Yuanzhang, the founder emperor of the Ming Dynasty, was a beggar monk who the joined one of the myriad cultist armies around the country. He is the biggest rags to riches story in human history. He was literally begging for food 10 years before he was the absolute ruler of the largest country on earth. And how did he do that? By joining a cult. Obviously the wacko cultist thing had some sort of advantage that made them win against unsurmountable odds, beating the best armed organizations in China.
How did they do it? By being better friends. The Mongol generals got backstabbed by their own imperial court; which they had ties to. Jealous eunuchs and princesses and rival ministers conspired to unseat those big Mongol generals who had too much power. The smugglers also fell to a similar fate; you've all seen the Sopranos. Organized crime is a dangerous world. Smugglers aren't the most reliable people. But the wacky Manicheans, with their absurd tales of the coming of Maitreya or whoever, and those weird rituals and songs and dances; those guys won the game.
Just saying. Those kek guys might be onto something.