Rock and Roller Bruce Springsteen has been running around the country promoting his book, “Born to Run” a rambling, and at times incoherent five hundred page (no index) endeavor. But he recently took a short breather from his book drumming to give an interview to Rolling Stone Magazine.
Excerpts from the interview reveal that the subject turned to Donald Trump and Springsteen did a little rambling here too. He characterized Trump as a “moron” and a tragic figure who is moving his “mainstream” followers towards “white nationalism” and other “dangerous ideas;” – he couldn’t fathom the notion that the Republican candidate didn’t “immediately disavow David Duke.”
After peppering Trump with typical left-wing dribble, Springsteen put on his philosophical hat and told the magazine, “I believe that there’s a price being paid for not addressing the real cost of the deindustrialization and globalization that has occurred in the United States for the past 35, 40 years and how it’s deeply affected people’s lives and deeply hurt people to where they want someone who says they have a solution. And Trump’s thing is simple answers to very complex problems. Fallacious answers to very complex problems.”
Springsteen is right about the fact that the U.S. markets have deindustrialized. Workers have been replaced by modern technology. As the New York Times reported, back in 1980, the government was so concerned over government financing of modernizing agricultural techniques that President Jimmy Carter ordered his agricultural secretary, Robert Bergland to declare “that the federal government would no longer finance research that could lead to the “replacing of an adequate and willing work force with machines.” It didn’t work; machines took over anyway.
But what Springsteen fails to grasp is that deindustrialization is global and not because of what Trump says, or for that matter, what Springsteen’s pal, Hillary Clinton advocates. Trump’s calls for increased tariffs (China) and Clinton’s promise to use the tax code to punish companies that leave the country will have no effect on increasing the labor force. Manufacturing and brick and mortar companies are out– machines are in.
The simple point is that technology has displaced workers– the industrial revolution is near an end. Moreover, the digital revolution and new technologies like 3D printers will eliminate even more jobs.
Bruce Springsteen may abhor Trump, but he can’t intelligently articulate why. Trump is not a racist or David Duke supporter– and when Clinton’s aging entertainers say he is, they are “Thinking in the Dark.”