New Book: Trumponomics – Causes and Consequences

Edited by Edward Fullbrook and Jamie Morgan. From WEA Books: Two things seem generally agreed about Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States: it is, for good or for bad, potentially a major historical turning point and its most important determinant was the economic reality experienced today by the majority of Americans. Given … More New Book: Trumponomics – Causes and Consequences

Second Edition of The Reactionary Mind by Corey Robin: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump

From Oxford University Press: Late in life, William F. Buckley made a confession to Corey Robin. Capitalism is “boring,” said the founding father of the American right. “Devoting your life to it,” as conservatives do, “is horrifying if only because it’s so repetitious. It’s like sex.” With this unlikely conversation began Robin’s decade-long foray into … More Second Edition of The Reactionary Mind by Corey Robin: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump

Tom Palley on Trumponomics: Neocon Neoliberalism Camouflaged with Anti-Globalization Circus

By Tom Palley, A key element of Trump’s political success has been his masquerade of being pro-worker, which includes posturing as anti-globalization. However, his true economic interest is the exact opposite. That creates conflict between Trump’s political and economic interests. Understanding the calculus of that conflict is critical for understanding and predicting Trump’s economic policy, … More Tom Palley on Trumponomics: Neocon Neoliberalism Camouflaged with Anti-Globalization Circus

Trumponomics: Should We Just Say “No”?

by Gerald Epstein Trumponomics, argues this economist, may look like Reaganomics, but it is more about political power than optimal economics strategies. Economists should be aware of this, but many, even progressives, are not. The author provides a way of looking at and criticizing Trumponomics for the popular, power-aggrandizing strategy and ultimately deeply dangerous set … More Trumponomics: Should We Just Say “No”?

Mike Davis on Trump and the White Working Class

by Mike Davis, History has been hacked. Trump’s “impossible” victories in June and November, together with the stunning challenge of Sanders’s primary campaign, have demolished much of elite political wisdom as well as destroying the two dynasties, the Clintons and Bushes, that have dominated national politics for thirty years. Not since Watergate has so much … More Mike Davis on Trump and the White Working Class

What Trump Can and Can’t Do to Immigrants

By David Bacon, Over the terms of the last three presidents, the most visible and threatening aspect of immigration policy has been the drastic increase in enforcement. President Bill Clinton presented anti-immigrant bills as compromises, and presided over the first big increase in border enforcement. George W. Bush used soft rhetoric, but sent immigration agents … More What Trump Can and Can’t Do to Immigrants