Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan aboard an American boat in California, 1964. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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
Source: Trump could be out of office within a year – but the US’s problems would be just beginning | Paul Mason | Opinion | The Guardian
The article explores the two forces propelling the agenda of America’s Far Right and compares it to the Brexit agenda.
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?