Category Archives: European Union

Trumpism is Global

In a previous blog post, I laid down some thoughts regarding the phenomenon of Trump and how I feel like you can look at it through the lens of identity politics. Well, today I was reading an excellent interview by Foreign Affairs with the French ambassador Gérard Araud and he expressed a similar understanding regarding Europe when he was asked about the far-right party in France known as Front National:

It’s the same thing as Trump. Of course, Trump has his personal genius, but it’s basically the same crisis. The lower middle class feels frightened by globalization, frightened for the future of its children, frightened for its moral and social values. They have the impression that the elite are cut off from them. So they want to try something new. So it’s the Front National in France, or the extreme right in the Netherlands, or Mr. Trump. It’s the same solution: building walls, closing borders. And it’s the same scapegoat: the immigrant. It’s sad.”

Identity politics needs a scapegoat; an Other. As countries become more and more unequal as the share of income gains and wealth goes to a smaller and smaller slither of people you will see un-channeled rage that, demagogues like Trump, exploit for their own good to the continued detriment of almost everyone.

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What to Read on Greece: A Primer; update: From “No” to “Oh” to “WTF?”.

Here is a list of quality books, articles, essays, etc. regarding Greece, the debt referendum, and the future of the European Union. *updated Aug. 9, 2015*
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1. Greece: What is to Be Done? (2013) by Karl Heinz Roth, published be Zero Books.

2. “Greece Referendum,” by Timothy B. Lee, Vox.com

3. “What Comes After Oxi?,” by Nantina Vgontzas, Jacobinmag.com.

4. “End Greece’s Bleeding,” by Paul Krugman, The New York Times.

5. “What Would Happen to Greece If it Leaves the Euro?,” by Jordan Weissman, Slate.com

6. “Greece,” by Steve Randy Waldman, on the blog interfluidity.

The following were written after Greece accepted bailout terms that double down on austerity.

7. “From the Absurd to the Tragic,” by Stathis Kouvelakis, Jacobin.com, July 10, 2015.

8. ” ‘Tsipras Has Just Destroyed Greece,'” by Yves Smith, nakedcapitalism.com, July 10, 2015

Things are not looking good for democracy and the EU:

9. “Killing the European Project,” by Paul Krugman, The New York Times, July 13, 2015

10. “The EU’s Democracy Problem,” by Joshua Keating, Slate.com, July 13, 2015

11. “Greece: The Struggle Continues,” an interview between Stathis Kouvelakis, a member of Syriza, and an editor from Verso books, July 14, 2015. This is substantive, learned, and deeply informative.

People often blame the government; it’s – as always – not that simple:

12. “The Myth of the Bloated Greek State,” by Deborah Boucoyannis, Foreign Affairs, Aug 6, 2015