This is how the president of New America pronounces on the possibility of Trumpism: ‘The world awaits America’s new social contract’. The ‘as if’ here is that Trump and his team of Corporatists are capable of even entertaining the mere notion of a ‘social contract’. For the American people this is destined to become the realization of Trump Nihilism. Allied to the unslakable ambition of the lupine Paul Ryan. Undeterred by that reality, Slaughter’s use of History, and the windy abstractions of the Policy Thinker, are employed to try to soften the blow of Trump’s un-reflective political opportunism, by wreathing it in policy laurel.
The political evolution/maturation of Ms. Slaughter from bellicose policy thinker allied to the Neo-Conservatives/New Democrats, to her Feminism, that has led to her status as Political Philosopher has been instructive. I can’t exactly pinpoint what that notion of ‘instructive’ is or resembles, although the example of Trump looms large. If that even resembles cogent argument, rather that an example of intuition: the blend of reason and sensibility?