Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need
Writing about her new book, Klein notes:
"Trump is extreme but he's not a Martian. On the contrary, he is the logical conclusion many of the most dangerous trends of the past half century. He is the personification of the merger of humans and corporations—a one-man megabrand, with wife and children as spin-off brands. He is the physical embodiment of a failed neoliberal project that imagined CEOs as Supermen that would save us all. He is the physical expression entrenched racism and misogyny that was allowed to fester because it was easier than confronting the elites that divide-and-conquer tactics have always served. His manifestation is distinctly American but there are versions of Trump rising in virtually every country on the planet.
For the past 20 years, I have been researching and writing about the forces that gave us Trump and Trumpism — in my books, documentary films, and investigative journalism. CORPORATE COUP draws on that work to help explain how we got here, and to predict how the coming shocks will be exploited to further consolidate power and wealth. It also lays out a concrete plan for how to defeat these strategies, not only with resistance but with a clear alternative program, one bold enough to compete directly with the savage allure of narrow nationalism and rising xenophobia.
Ever since Trump was elected, I wanted to think through these rapidly evolving challenges—and like a lot of people, I was disorientated and wanted to talk about it with others. Over several weeks in January and February of 2017, I met in Toronto with my friend, the writer and journalist Johann Hari, and recorded his interview with me. This is partially a record of that conversation, an attempt to make sense of the rise of Donald Trump and to chart a credible response. In the end, I used the interview questions mostly as prompts and extensively rewrote my answers for clarity and readability. Where appropriate, I supplemented with previous writing on these themes. I did try, however, to maintain the light and conversational tone of from our original discussion, since so little is fixed about the moment in which we find ourselves.
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