With the surprise results of the U.S. Presidential election, shockwaves were sent across our global civilization that will likely reverberate for numerous decades, and potentially even centuries, to come. This raises a host of complex and interdisciplinary questions and answers; from among the most obvious:
1. What does Trump?s victory signal for the future of the planet?s ecological system? What can be done, if anything, to ensure the worst impacts of climate change are averted? What are the realistic parameters within which the climate discussion now takes place, what policies can be enacted to ensure those targets are met, and how does the specter of
accelerated climate change threaten to impact the structure of global production?
2. How did past presidential economic, foreign, and social policy contribute to Trump?s victory?
3. What role did spatial income distribution play in Trump?s victory? How did this interact with racial, gender, ethnic, religious, and cultural attitudes? What policies can explain the causes of this and what can be done to counteract it?
4. What is the outlook for U.S. and global political economy, geopolitics, and national security? How would the planet?s ecological system interact with this?
5. What steps can be taken at the local, state, national, and global levels to form a strong, sustainable counter-movement to Trump and his supporters that will a) prevent a second term? b) prevent something like this from happening again? c) prevent a societal disintegration into outright fascism?
6. Was Trump’s victory inevitable given the political economic logic of capitalism? If not, why and what made this situation unique?
This special issue seeks to address these and other questions. We welcome papers that embody different approaches (empirical, theoretical, etc.) and diverse backgrounds, with the purpose being to foster an analysis of how to use ideas to promote socioeconomic justice and the public good, broadly defined.
The deadline for submissions is *April 30, 2017*.
All correspondence should be addressed to Devin.T.Rafferty@gmail.com.