Understanding the rise of populist politics in the West

An interview with Mark Blyth

Gavin Morrice
Mar 6, 2017 · 2 min read

In this interview with Mark Blyth, we discuss the political and economic factors that have lead to the resurgence of populism and right-wing politics across the West, and what needs to change moving forward.

We recommend our readers to grab a copy of Mark’s latest book, Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea: an in-depth exploration into the validity of austerity as a means of dealing with national debt. You can buy a copy at Amazon, or an audio copy from Audible.

Note: We had a few connection problems during our call, but those don’t detract from the quality of Mark’s input.

  • Intro: 40s
  • About Mark: 1:05
  • The importance of social welfare: 1:24
  • Defining “Global Trumpism”: 2:24
  • Quote from Simon Johnson & James Kwak: 9:00
  • Public debt vs. Private debt: 09:18
  • The democrats and Neoliberalism: 10:13
  • What if the Democrats had won the last election: 11:20
  • Trump, Sanders, and bringing manufacturing jobs back to the USA: 11:44
  • Donald Trump is a Marxist? The collective action problem: 13:40
  • What are the economic implications of a Republican senate?: 16:28
  • The Democrats and policy: 18:36
  • Is Trump as unpopular as liberal media portrays?: 21:00
  • Anti-Trump protests (Women’s March): 24:11
  • Trump’s approval rating: 24:43
  • Liberal media bubble: 25:29
  • The failing of the Left: 27:20
  • Should we expect a U-Turn in Europe?: 28:00
  • Politics is about creating a positive vision of the future: 29:05

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