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

Homecoming to Nostalgia: The Inauguration of Donald J. Trump

By Cyrus Bina, “In a time of universal deceit, Telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” — George Orwell When the entire arsenal of impulsive and aggressive foreign policy is deployed in absolute desperation and without accomplishment by a declining power unaware of its imminent demise, first it resorts to self-aggrandizement and spectacle, and then … More Homecoming to Nostalgia: The Inauguration of Donald J. Trump

EPI: 13 charts that show difference between US economy we have now and what it could be

The election of Donald Trump alerted many to what should have been obvious long ago: the U.S. economy has failed to deliver the goods to the vast majority of American families for decades. In the context of Trump’s election, this economic failure was often characterized as being unique to white working-class voters in the upper Midwest. … More EPI: 13 charts that show difference between US economy we have now and what it could be

Gary Leupp on the Revival of the Working-Class Concept: Trump, Class Struggle and the (Somewhat Overstated) Specter of Fascism

By Gary Leupp, Crossed-posted from CounterPunch The polarization in the country following the Trump electoral victory is not what Karl Marx called the “class struggle.” But it reflects an underlying class struggle—what Marx called the  “uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight”—which is a real thing, surely, in this country and globally. This struggle between capitalists … More Gary Leupp on the Revival of the Working-Class Concept: Trump, Class Struggle and the (Somewhat Overstated) Specter of Fascism

Trump and National Neoliberalism

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 … More Trump and National Neoliberalism