President Trump’s Surprising Lurch Towards Radical Conservatism

President Trump moved fast. On Friday, the newly sworn-in president signed a number of executive actions, giving us an early look into what his presidency will be like.

As I have argued before, Trump’s populist shtick is an open fraud — so far he gives every sign of governing like the usual plutocratic Republican. But within the GOP, there is still tension between the anti-government and business wings of the party — mainly because business depends on government in many ways. And somewhat surprisingly for a New York billionaire who seemed to relish upsetting the conservative movement during the primary, Trump is so far behaving more like an anti-government ideologue than a pure business lackey.

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