Wayne Lusvardi

Wayne has previously written for The American Thinker, Real Clear Politics (Religion), Calwatchdog.com, MasterResource.com (free market energy website) and Fox & Hounds (California politics).

Most Recent Articles by Wayne Lusvardi:

Trump: Stigma, Charisma or Phantasma?

Nov 15, 2016 — Wayne Lusvardi

Walter Russell Mead, a political historian at Bard College in New York compares Trump to a composite of presidents Andrew Jackson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan (see video “Thoughts on Trump”). What Mead sees in Trump is Jackson’s fiery nationalist “anger”, Roosevelt’s allowing his cabinet and department heads to fight it out with him as “arbiter” and Reagan’s supply-side economics. But academics are particularly unsuited to understand someone coming from the business world, let alone the brutal municipal politics of real estate development.

It is probably better to compare Trump to the ideal typical role of a real estate developer than any past presidents; although if one is going to make such a comparison Teddy Roosevelt would be more apropos. And in reverse, Trump is no Valentinian I, Aaron Burr, or Robert Moses.

The Frenzied Leftist Search for Trump’s Essential Evil

Sep 26, 2016 — Wayne Lusvardi

The political Left has for quite some time been on a witch-hunt to find the essential evil of Donald Trump that would eliminate him from the presidential race in the minds of voters. Trump has repeatedly been compared to Hitler and Mussolini in an attempt to irrefutably stigmatize him. But to assess the candidates on whether they are essentially evil we need to distinguish between legitimate and illegitimate uses of power.

Government is a monopoly on the legitimate use of violence, coercion, deception and power; or a monopoly on the use of evil. We elect presidents to have the authority to use evil but we only want it used in extreme cases of national emergency and for non-partisan and non-gratuitous purposes.

An example that comes to mind is Pres. Truman’s dropping of A-bombs on Japan to end the war with Japan, saving lives on both sides. Winston Churchill refrained from warning the city of Coventry in Britain that the German Luftwaffe was going to bomb it on November 14, 1940, because to do so would have been to tip the Nazis that it had broken Germany’s secret military codes. Pres. Ronald Reagan invoked “plausible deniability” that members of his administration sold military weapons to Iran to release American hostages and then used the proceeds of the sale to fund anti-communist Contras in Nicaragua.

Trump versus Class War on the American Theodicy

Jul 17, 2016 — Wayne Lusvardi

There has been a national discussion lately about the downward mobility of the Working Class and how the upper class has stacked the deck against them. However, we also need to understand how Trump symbolizes a threat of downward mobility to the Knowledge Class and how he is the antidote to the decimation of the American Theodicy that once maintained cohesion between the social classes.