Here’s a good read from Paul Mason in the Guardian. Speculating that Trump could be out of office in a year, he suggests that the ultra-right will have a tough choice between sticking with Trump or switching to a socially conservative, libertarian presidency headed by Mike Pence
The speculative conclusion that acceptance of a market-driven economy will lead to revolution is rather flaky. The neoliberal conservative ideology has seen enormous growth and social improvement since WWII, most notably in Reagan’s America & Thatcher‘s Britain. I favour a compassionate neoliberalism with effective social nets for the generally underprivileged and those at risk. There’s still a respectable argument in favor of individualism, rather than propping up the discredited welfare state.
Is Mike Pense, possibly the next US president, really an ‘America First’ neocon or will he return to Reagan’s success formula? Then there’s the UK, surely the next Conservative Prime Minister can’t expect to win an election with a ‘traditional conservatism‘ platform?