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Donald Trump and the Appeal of Political Antinomianism: New at Reason

Wanting to "burn it all down" is not libertarianism.

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The burn-it-all-down Trump supporter is engaged in what I call political antinomianism. In Christian theology, an antinomian is a person who believes the moral law is of no use or obligation because faith alone is necessary to salvation. In the current electoral context, voters disgusted with how corrupted our political system has become are attracted to the lawlessness at the heart of Trump's personalized theory of governance. "Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it," declared Trump at the Republican National Convention. Supporters have faith in Trump the Great Man and therefore are political antinomians. They are not libertarian.

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