Watch Neil Fligstein’s lecture, “Trumpism and the Crisis of the American Liberal World Order,” part of the teach-in seminar series: “What Next? Sociologists Speak on the Future of the World.”
The liberal strategy of simply exposing Trump’s lies, pointing to his preposterously unscripted oratory, and hoping to convey some sort of “truth” as antidote to his base misses the point. Trump’s brand of populism has sutured “the people” to the interests of big capital.
The gentrifying force of San Francisco’s tech industry is inextricably linked to the global financial economy. Injections of venture capital are reshaping local legacies of discrimination.
The vast tailings of South Africa’s gold and copper mines have given rise to an informal scavenger economy. What many see as waste, the immigrant laborers of the mine dumps see as a vital source of income.