Trump and National Neoliberalism

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by Sasha Breger Bush,

Trump’s election represents a triumph of neoliberal thinking and values. Perhaps most importantly, we should all keep in mind the fact that Americans just elected a businessman to the presidency. In spite of his Wall Street background and billionaire status, Trump successfully cast himself as the “anti-establishment” candidate. This configuration—in which a top-one-percenter real estate tycoon is accepted as a political “outsider”—is a hallmark of neoliberal thinking. The fundamental opposition between market and government is a central dichotomy in the neoliberal narrative. In electing Trump, American voters are reproducing this narrative, creating an ideological cover for the closer connections between business and the state that are in store moving forward (indeed, Trump is already using the apparatus of the U.S. federal government to promote his own business interests)…

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  1. Hi,David, Reading back through my email. Really appreciating your posts on the URPE blog — this article, for example, is really excellent! Thanks so much!! Julie

    Julie Matthaei Professor of Economics , Wellesley College Boardmember, U.S. Solidarity Economy Network Co-Coordinator, Boston Area Solidarity Economy Network (BASEN) Cornerstone Cohousing “*The Time for a New Economics is at Hand* ”

    On Tue, Dec 20, 2016 at 12:05 AM, Radical Political Economy wrote:

    > David Fields posted: ” By Sasha Breger Bush, Trump’s election represents a > triumph of neoliberal thinking and values. Perhaps most importantly, we > should all keep in mind the fact that Americans just elected a businessman > to the presidency. In spite of his Wall Street backgro” >

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