Sunday, July 24, 2016

Paleo-President Trump

"Trump's divergence from the conventional Republican platform is generating indignant punditry from neocons and neoliberals alike," writes Michael Hudson, "a distinguished research professor of economics at the University of Missouri Kansas City" — Trump Policy Will Unravel Traditional Neocons.

UPDATE: Over at CounterPunch, the same article is posted under the title "As the Election Turns: Trump the Anti-Neocon, Hillary the New Darling of the Neocons," with a longer intro from one Sharmini Peries:
    Just as the Republican convention demonized Hillary (“Lock Her Up”), so the Democrats are demonizing Donald Trump. They refuse to support any policy that he backs, even when he says something progressive.

    One might think that at least Bernie’s supporters would applaud Trump’s left-wing transformation of the old conservative, pro-corporate neocon Cheney-Bush core of the Republican Party. But nobody had a single good word to say about Trump’s assertions that he would wind down confrontation with Russia, reduce military spending on the grounds that NATO is obsolete, and oppose the TPP and TTIP as well as rewrite NAFTA’s terms.

    The Democrats are misrepresenting this election’s rivalry with the Republicans by attacking Trump’s anti-neocon positions. This leaves Hillary as the neocon choice.

    She also has become the choice of the Koch Brothers and the Chamber of Commerce, who are shocked by Trump’s critique of the corporatist TPP and other trade agreements

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