Against the Grain

Right-wing Populism and the Backlash Against Liberal Elites

While much of the public is still reeling over the election of Donald Trump, the power of his appeal may be less surprising than we think, given America’s long history of right-wing populism and the contradictions of liberalism. Steve Fraser traces the history of the notion of the limousine liberal, central to right-wing populism and embodied by Hillary Clinton, and discusses whether we might see a return of the formidable anti-capitalist movements of the past.

Resources:

Steve Fraser, The Limousine Liberal: How an Incendiary Image United the Right and Fractured America Basic Books, 2016

Steve Fraser, The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power Basic Books, 2015

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