Trump’s willingness to surprise continues with the people he is considering to head America’s medical watchdog, the FDA.
Yesterday Trump met with two contenders. One was Balaji Srinivasan, a brilliant and thoughtful man with deep ties to Silicon Valley and Peter Thiel, a key Trump backer.
Thiel’s justified frustration with the FDA is longstanding. When I interviewed him six years ago, he told me that if the tech industry was regulated that way, it wouldn’t exist.
As he said to me, “Imagine if Twitter had to go through the FDA drug approval — how efficacious, how does it affect the brain, phase II, phase III trials.”
And Srinivasan is of a similar mind, publishing a tweetstorm in March last year criticising the FDA’s chilling effect on innovation.
“New tech allows far better regulation than the FDA.”
Which means that Srinivasan even being considered for the role is a sign that priorities at the FDA are set to change. Fantastic. Because freeing things up will save thousands of lives.
Srinivasan is an experienced, successful biotech entrepreneur and venture capitalist. But more than that, he is incredibly thoughtful and original in general. His tweetstorm on “the cloud versus the land”
is one of my favourite reads on the year so far.
Trump’s first 100 days just got even more interesting.
When you’ve got Glenn Greenwald arguing Trump’s corner, it may be a sign that your attack is not working.
“Cheering for the CIA and its shadowy allies to unilaterally subvert the U.S. election and impose its own policy dictates on the elected president is both warped and self-destructive.”
Trump has also noticed the value of this moment. He’s not just waiting for figures like Greenwald to protest on his behalf. Trump has also started using this witchhunt against him by the deep state to break the frame of himself as the dangerous fascist. Scott Adams, who has been arguing for Trump’s tactical nous since well before the election, captures it well in a new blogpost, “The Master Persuader Scrambles the Frame”.
Read the whole thing.
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Was Trump real in a way that his opponents couldn’t match?
“Maybe pro wrestling is one of the most real things we have in our society and what’s really disturbing is that the other stuff is much more fake. And whatever the superficialities of Mr. Trump might be, he was more authentic than the other politicians. He sort of talked in a way like ordinary people talk. It was not sort of this Orwellian newspeak jargon that so many of the candidates use. So he was sort of real. He actually wanted to win.”
Via, as Trump would say, the failing New York Times.
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The reliably excellent Dave Trott on Trump’s ability to win by refusing to play the game.
“Hillary thought she would win by playing chess better than a pigeon.
But ordinary people were sick of the chess game.
It seemed to them like double-speak that ignored the real facts of their lives.”