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Understanding the Trump Moment: Reality TV, Birtherism, the Alt Right and the White Women’s Vote

Jessie Daniels

Jessie Daniels

Policy Press author Jessie Daniels on understanding the Trump moment, and what led to it. Originally posted on Racism Review.

Many of us woke up to a November 9 that we never could have imagined. Donald J. Trump, real estate developer and reality TV celebrity, is president-elect of the United States.

Over the last 18 months of his campaign, he has engaged in explicitly racist, anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim language that has both shocked and frightened people. The implications of what a Trump presidency could mean for ginning up racial and ethnic hatred are chilling.


But first, it’s important to understand the Trump moment, and what led to it. This is an election that will spawn a thousand hot-takes and reams of academic papers, but here’s a first draft on making sense of this victory. Continue reading ‘Understanding the Trump Moment: Reality TV, Birtherism, the Alt Right and the White Women’s Vote’

Trump, Brexit and the EDL: the left’s failure to capture the electorate’s trust

The US election results have brought out aggression and hostility from supporters of both the right and the left. In particular, the left seems to be contentiously repeating one question: 

“Why did so many people feel safer putting their trust in Trump rather than in Clinton? “

Many people are quick to blame racism and bigotry, but there are deeper reasons. Simon Winlow, Steve Hall and James Treadwell, authors of The rise of the right, discuss the ways in which the left has failed to capture the trust of much of the electorate. 



Simon Winlow

The mainstream liberal media outlets are outraged. For the liberal commentariat, Trump is the embodiment of all that ails the world. A racist, homophobic and misogynistic billionaire, a climate change denier, a man who apparently inspires loathing throughout the free world, a cocky and self-confident, tax-avoiding bigot whose election suggests the end of progressive liberal multiculturalism and dawning of a new Dark Age.

How could a man such as this win a clear mandate to govern the world’s most powerful nation?

Already our mainstream liberal media elites are asking what it all means. Political activists on the left look crestfallen as they call for a new solidarity in the face of adversity.

Now we need to ask why

Initial analyses tend to suggest that Trump has been voted into office by tens of millions of racist, homophobic and misogynistic white men who are angry about the erasure of their traditional power. Such analyses, fuelled by justifiable ire and shock, offer us only simplistic and predictable cultural reductionism.

What we need are careful empirical and theoretical analyses of the forces that appear set to carry us all into a new era of right-wing nationalism. Why are so many people angry at our established political elites? Why has fear come to play such an important role in the new politics? Why is there such a popular desire to move beyond the established parameters of marketised liberal democracy? What is it that inspires such open hostility towards minorities? These are important questions that demand a clear and objective response shorn of sentimentality and free from the usual academic constraints and injunctions.


“What we see at EDL protests, and what we see with Brexit and the election of Trump, is an inverted and distorted mirror-image of our own ideological failure.”

Continue reading ‘Trump, Brexit and the EDL: the left’s failure to capture the electorate’s trust’

16 ways we can make America a better place

Author and academic Salvatore Babones believes passionately in the possibility of a better America. So passionately in fact he can list 16 policy changes that if the next President of the USA adopted, he’s confident that America would be a better and happier place…

Salvatore Babones

Salvatore Babones

As the 2016 election season moves on from the party primaries to the main event, one thing is clear: no one is really satisfied.

Sanders supporters resent Hillary Clinton almost as much as most Republicans loathe Donald Trump. In marked contrast to Bernie Sanders, both Clinton and Trump have disapproval ratings over 50 percent. The electorate is in a bloody mood, with more people likely to vote against their more detested candidate than to vote for someone they actually want to be president.

Why was Bernie Sanders, an uncharismatic Washington insider who has been a member of Congress for more than a quarter century, the only candidate in the pack to escape the opprobrium of the American people? Sanders had no campaign money, no image-makers, and no ‘super-delegates’. What he had was a policy agenda — a progressive agenda for a better America.

Published just days before Bernie Sanders declared his candidacy for the White House, my book Sixteen for ’16: A Progressive Agenda for a Better America laid out an agenda that would be startlingly familiar to Sanders supporters.

In a nutshell, the book details a platform for more jobs, better infrastructure, public education, universal healthcare, higher taxes on higher incomes, a more secure Social Security, an end to rule from Wall Street, strong unions, a living minimum wage, paid sick days, fewer prisons, secure reproductive rights, secure voting rights, a more moral foreign policy, support for refugees, and action to stop global warming.

This short video lays out the Sixteen for ’16 agenda point by 16 points. For those who buy the book itself, 267 footnotes provide links to all the studies that (taken together) make it very clear that a progressive America would be a better America. I challenge every American to look in the mirror and ask: if we really implemented all 16 policies advocated in Sixteen for ’16, would America be a better place? If the answer is ‘yes’ (and I believe it is), let’s get over politics and get started implementing.


Sixteen for 16 [FC]Sixteen for ’16: A Progressive Agenda for a Better America by Salvatore Babones can be purchased here from the Policy Press website for special 20% discounted price £7.99.

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