Among the stranger features of the 2016 election campaign was the success of Donald Trump – a creature of globalization – as an America First savior of the white working class.
A candidate who amassed billions of dollars by playing globalization for all it was worth — he manufactured clothes and accessories bearing his name in low-wage economies and invested in corporations eager to outsource — won over millions of voters by promising to keep jobs here in the U.S.
Still – in an ever more economically unequal America his populist economic message resonated.
It helped him win the presidency by peeling off white working class votes in key regions – particularly the industrial Midwest.
Now he’s stuck with his populist narrative and here’s the problem for him: it’s not likely to work — not given the economic realities of this planet – not for long anyway.