Showing posts from November, 2016

Neoliberalism or Fascism? Trump, Globalization and Global Cosmopolitanism

Recently, I came across a quote from Steve Bannon, Breitbart manchild prodigy and Trump transition overseer, from a few years ago: 
“Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.” 
In this post, I want to share some thoughts about the unique historical relationship between neoliberalism and fascism and how this quote relates to that history. There has been a great deal of talk within the left about whether a Trump presidency will be fascist, neoliberal, or something else. The tl;dr is that I think we will see a hybrid of the two. Fascism has often been used to support the neoliberal project, and vice versa. Here are a few points and some conclusions for moving forward: 
1. Neoliberalism has appeared in many forms throughout the world. The experience of it in the Global North (the US, Europe and other industrialized countries) is often different from the Global South (a catch-all term for deve…

Scientia Potentia Est: "Anti-Science" and political discourse in the 2016 presidential election

I'm not a fan of Jill Stein. When I look at people like Caroline Lucas of the UK Green party or Maggie Chapman with Scottish Greens, I see competent leaders who can speak intelligently about public policy issues without resorting to generalized, populist language. And I don't really have a positive opinion about the viability as the Green Party as an alternative to the two-party system in the US at a national level. We're more or less beyond the tipping point for the climate at this point and hoping against all odds to vote the right person into office every four years isn't an effective strategy.
Stein's wavering stance on vaccines have been a flop, for sure - a mumble jumble of OTT populist conspiracy language with an amateurish understanding of the precautionary principle and a social scientist's questioning of why/how people form dissenting opinions about science and public policy. It's not how a successful Green Party leader should talk and I really hop…