Trump’s Trade Policy & How to Respond to It

By Paddy Quick, It is important to distinguish between “trade” policy, i.e. policy that focuses on imports and exports (e.g. through tariffs and quotas) and the so-called “trade pacts” such as the WTO, NAFTA, and the (now-rejected) Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The latter are in fact mainly designed to “open” countries to the capital of multinational … More Trump’s Trade Policy & How to Respond to It

From Progressive Neoliberalism to Trump and Beyond

By Nancy Fraser, Whoever speaks of “crisis” today risks being dismissed as a bloviator, given the term’s banalization through endless loose talk. But there is a precise sense in which we do face a crisis today. If we characterize it precisely and identify its distinctive dynamics, we can better determine what is needed to resolve it. On … More From Progressive Neoliberalism to Trump and Beyond

New Book: Trump in the White House – Tragedy and Farce

by John Bellamy Foster with a foreword by Robert W. McChesney. From Monthly Review Press: Remember that metaphor about the frog that slowly cooks to death in the pot of increasingly warm water? Leftists have used it for years to describe how people can accept dwindling health care, fading job opportunities, eroding racial and gender … More New Book: Trump in the White House – Tragedy and Farce

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