Enough has been written about how Donald Trump is breaking or rewriting or ignoring all the rules. Or operating in 3 dimensions while everyone else is operating in 2 dimensions.
I see something in Trump, though, that is very familiar to me. It's the concept of creating chaos in your opponent's house as a revolutionary tactic. Or to put it another way, being a disrupter
The now deceased Abbie Hoffman
and Trump seemingly have little in common. While Hoffman rejected capitalism Trump embraces it.
Yet they both employed the same tactic. Hoffman tried to create chaos in the economic system, but never really succeeded. Trump has succeeded in creating utter chaos in everyone else's house (Republican Party, Fox News, other candidates, basically anyone who crosses his path).
That's only half the equation, though. It's not just enough to create chaos in others. The second part is to create community within your own house. Hoffman never was good at that; in business Trump has been good at building his own house.
I first wrote about this just after Obama took office, using a passage from Hoffman's book, Steal This Book
. (Text here
) Here's my post, from February 9, 2009, “Steal This Country”