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Trump’s Populism Is as Lethal as Liberalism

The recently concluded Helsinki summit between Russia and the United States on 16 July 2018 is reminiscent of the Cold War the in strategy of theUS to create a wedge between China and Russia. The great power politics unleashed by Donald Trump from European soil is also aimed at facilitating populism to replace liberalism as the dominant political ideology in Europe.

The United States (US) is under a deluge of delusion. Some see Donald Trump riding a white stallion destroying Russian nukes and ushering in an era of peace and prosperity, while others see the Statue of Liberty genuflecting in front of “dictator” Vladimir Putin. Both are hallucinating because Trump is neither a peacenik, nor is he selling American interests. He is simply a grandmaster making his moves on the great power chessboard to reap domestic and international gains for the global populist movement and American capital.

Trump is a hard-nosed capitalist and is out there to save his tribe. He knows full well that to save the US he needs to save capitalism, and the New Deal or Keynesian interventions are no longer good enough to save it. Let us discard the delusion of an isolationist Trump rolling back the American dominance of the world. Much like his predecessors, Trump too desires the US to be the sole pole in the international order. As Inderjeet Parmar (2018) says, “The US is the biggest meddler in world history and remains so today under the Trump dispensation.”

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Updated On : 9th Aug, 2018

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