Donald Trump can best be understood in the context of the rise of authoritarian populist, nationalist, and antiglobalist movements throughout the world. In this article, I focus on the assault on globalization in the Trump campaign, look at his administration and actions as president, and raise questions about whether he has betrayed his antiglobalist followers and is pursuing business-as-usual for global, corporate capitalism—or something else. This investigation also leads us into engaging the Trump campaign/administration connections with Russia and the role of Russia, cyberwar, and global computer networks in Election 2016.
Donald Trump, Globalization, and the Russia Connection in Election 2016
Douglas Kellner is George Kneller Chair in the Philosophy of Education at UCLA and is author of many books on social theory, politics, history, and culture. Kellner’s latest published books include Cinema Wars: Hollywood Film and Politics in the Bush/Cheney Era (2010); Media Spectacle and Insurrection 2011 from the Arab Uprisings to Occupy Everywhere (2013); American Nightmare: Donald Trump, Media Spectacle, and Authoritarian Populism (2016); and The American Horror Show: Election 2016 and the Ascendency of Donald J. Trump (2017). His website, www.gseis.ucla.edu/faculty/kellner/kellner.html, contains several of his books and many articles.
Douglas Kellner; Donald Trump, Globalization, and the Russia Connection in Election 2016. Cultural Politics 1 July 2018; 14 (2): 139–152. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/17432197-6609032
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