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White Working Class Faces Unemployment
January 30, 2018

Winning Back the White Working Class in the Midwest

I discussed in my last blog post how Republicans have used racist appeals to the white working class since the 1960s. Trump is only different in his undisguised embrace of the tactic. However, we should be careful not to accept...

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January 16, 2018

The Strategy Behind the President’s Racist Heart

Many Americans are up in arms over President Trump's racist remarks last week. That they came just before the Martin Luther King holiday is especially significant. Trump knew what he was saying and knew when he was saying it. However,...

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December 20, 2017

How the International Economy Absorbs Tax Cuts

[While proof reading the galleys for my new book, I came across this page about the Clinton administration. It pretty much sums up the economic reasons why tax cuts for the rich don't stimulate the economy. As globalization has intensified...

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