29th November 2016 – Blog for Sociological Review

My latest blog in case you missed it, in The Sociological Review:
‘Beacons of Hope and Hate from the US Election: People Power’s ability to ‘Trump’ Injustice’ 

An extreme right fringe has influenced American politics for far longer than many care to admit. This ‘shock’ election victory had a very slow creep. Neoliberal hegemony dug in its heels despite the pain of the 2008 financial crisis, repeating that there is still ‘no alternative’. Even moderate reforms such as Obamacare (which was actually based on plans developed by the conservative Heritage Foundation) and deficit reduction have been fought bitterly with Republicans’ obstructionism and aggressive conservative media.

In 2015, US former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott said, ‘If you stray in the slightest from the far right… you get hit by the conservative media’. Meanwhile there being ‘no alternative’ to neoliberal economics is a mantra Democratic Party elites profited from… Read More…

While I am based at George Washington University I am writing on this subject with Prof. Robert M Entman, for our new book, tentatively titled, ‘What’s wrong with the Democrats? Inequality, Media Bias and the Rise of Donald Trump’.

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