Presentation slides from Macalester College Teach-in: Understanding Trump’s Nativism and Nationalism from a Global Perspective

These are my slides from today’s campus conversation (aka teach-in) at Macalester College on the current political climate in the US.

My Argument

While it is tempting to see resurgent nativism and nationalism in the US as a local phenomenon, we should resist this myopic intellectual drift & seek to understand these policies & attitudes from a global & historical perspective. I argue that neoliberal policies at the global scale have impacted the US working class. Furthermore, right wing & nativist movements across the global North, not to mention the rise of religious fundamentalism, share the common appeal of easy answers and scapegoating for those whose livelihoods are unraveling in the face of globalization.


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