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Trumpism never existed. It was always just Trump.

Trumpism never existed. It was always just Trump.

Update: 2020-10-225
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In 2016, Julius Krein was one of Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters. In Trump’s critiques of the existing Republican and Democratic establishments, Krein saw the contours of a heterodox ideology he believed could reshape American politics for the better. So he established a pro-Trump blog and, later, a policy journal called American Affairs, which his critics claimed was an attempt to “understand Trump better than he understands himself.”


Today Krein finds himself in an unusual position. Upon realizing Trump was not committed to any governing vision at all (but was as racist as his critics suggested), Krein disavowed the president in 2017. But as the editor of American Affairs, he’s still committed to building an intellectual superstructure around the ideas that were threaded through Trump’s 2016 campaign.


This conversation is about the distance between Trump and the ideology so many tried to brand as Trumpism. We also discuss Krein’s view that the US has always functionally been a one-party system, the disconnect between Republican elites and voters, what a new bipartisan economic consensus could look like, whether Joe Biden and the Democrats take Trump’s ideas more seriously than Trump does, which direction the GOP will go if Trump loses in a landslide in November, why Republicans lost interest in governance, whether media coverage is the true aim of right-wing populists, why Krein thinks the true power lies with the technocrats, and more.


References:

“I Voted for Trump. And I Sorely Regret It." by Julius Krein

"The Three Fusions" by Julius Krein


Book recommendations:

Innovation in Real Places by Dan Breznitz 

History has Begun by Bruno Maçães

The Hall of Uselessness by Simon Leys 



Credits:

Producer/Audio wizard - Jeff Geld

Researcher - Roge Karma


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Trumpism never existed. It was always just Trump.

Trumpism never existed. It was always just Trump.

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