Trumpism and the Dialectic of Neoliberal Reason

  title={Trumpism and the Dialectic of Neoliberal Reason},
  author={David Lebow},
  journal={Perspectives on Politics},
  pages={380 - 398}
  • David Lebow
  • Published 2019
  • Political Science
  • Perspectives on Politics
Guided by the thesis that fascism was the outcome of a dialectic of instrumental reason, I argue that Trumpism is the result of a dialectic of neoliberal reason. The 2008 crisis revealed that widely distributed consumption could no longer be sustained through escalating debt, as it had been since neoliberalizing reforms in the 1970s. Economic crisis has been interpreted through a culture market in which pseudo-individual consumers choose what hyperreal public they prefer and participate in… Expand
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