Donald Trump and the New Politics of Class

On March 12, Michael Lind, Visiting Professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and co-founder of the think tank New America, gave a talk on The New Politics of Class in the U.S. Lind argued that the election of Donald Trump is an illustration of a political realignment taking part in both the United States and Europe. The underlying causes of which are economic – the polarization of the post-industrial workforce – and demographic – the combination of low native fertility with high levels of immigration. The result, according to Lind, is a new politics of class in which the traditional left-right divide has lost its meaning, replaced by new divisions: populism versus elitism and nationalism versus globalism. Arnold Kammel, director of the co-hosting Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES), moderated the program at the Amerika Haus.