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