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Brexit and Trump: Genuine Anti-Globalization Revolution or the Repetition of 1848

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The year 2016 saw several tumultuous political developments. Brexit, the de facto end of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the concurrent signing of the CETA, and Trump, with his ‘America First’ counter globalization/immigration agenda seemed to have shaken the mechanisms of the transnational capitalist class. The paradox lies in the fact that ‘globalization losers’ voted for ‘one percent’, usually blamed for the transnational financial capitalism that produces severe inequality. The counter globalization and nationalist processes from states deemed the chief proponents of ‘globalization’ and challenges represented by ‘Bannonism’ and Brexit are therefore considered. While superficially radical, it is questionable whether the inequalities and atomization produced by global capitalism will be redressed by the managers of Brexit or the stewards of the Trump revolution. The ‘post-truth era’ has made actual changes more formidable, suggesting change, even as the order ossifies. By way of contrast and comparison, 1848s Year of Revolutions is suggested.

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Kampmark, B., Kurečić, P. (2021). Brexit and Trump: Genuine Anti-Globalization Revolution or the Repetition of 1848. In: Haba, K., Holland, M. (eds) Brexit and After. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-7969-1_5

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