Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thomas Palley — Trumponomics:NeoconNeoliberalism Camouflaged with Anti-Globalization Circus

A Post Keynesian's view of Trumponomics.
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, especially his international economic policy.
As part of maintaining his pro-worker masquerade, Trump will engage in an anti-globalization circus, but the bark will be worse than the bite because neoliberal globalization has increased corporate profits, in line with his economic interests. He will also feed his political base’s racist immigration policy as long as that does not adversely impact corporate profitability.
Lastly, Trump expresses neocon unilateralist tendencies that play well with much of the US electorate. His neocon unilateralism is not a one-off temporary political aberration. Instead, it reflects intrinsic and enduring features of the current US polity. That has profound implications for the international relations order, and is something many Western European governments may not yet have digested.
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Trumponomics:NeoconNeoliberalism Camouflaged with Anti-Globalization Circus
Thomas Palley | Schwartz Economic Growth Fellow at the New America Foundation

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