Making America Great Again

Making America Great Again
Bichler, Shimshon and Nitzan, Jonathan. (2019). Research Note. 24 September. pp. 1-6. (Article - Working Paper; English).


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Trump has promised to ‘make America great again’. As a self-proclaimed expert on everything of import, he knows exactly how to increase domestic investment and consumption, boost exports, reduce the country’s trade deficit, expand employment and bolster wages. And as America’s leader-and-policymaker-in-chief, he has taken the necessary steps to achieve every one of these goals, or so he says.

Capitalists and pundits follow him like imprinted ducks. His tweets rattle markets, his announcements are dissected by academics and his utterances are analysed to exhaustion by various media. A visiting alien might infer that he actually runs the world. And the alien wouldn’t be alone. The earthly population too, conditioned by ivory-tower academics and popular opinion makers, tends to think of political figureheads as ‘leaders’ and ‘policymakers’. Situated at the ‘commanding heights’ of their respective nation states and international organizations, these ‘leaders’ supposedly set the rules, make policies, steer their societies and determine the course of history. Or at least that’s the belief.

The reality, though, is quite different.



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BN International & Global
BN Macro
BN Power
BN Policy
BN Region - North America
BN State & Government
BN Trade
BN Business Enterprise
BN Capital & Accumulation
BN Class
BN Comparative
BN Conflict & Violence
BN Crisis
BN Distribution
BN Ideology

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Jonathan Nitzan

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25 Sep 2019 02:21

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26 Sep 2019 19:57


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