The working class’s role in Trump’s election

Good analysis by Caroline Freund: “Trump did not win the white working class, Clinton lost it.”

Source: The working class’s role in Trump’s election | VOX, CEPR’s Policy Portal

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Coyote Economist, Spring 2017

The spring quarter Coyote Economist, issued by the Department of Economics at CSUSB, has just been published. The lead article is a piece on the political economics of Mexican immigration, written by yours truly. There’s also an article introducing the newest member of our department, Dr. Rishabh Kumar, as well as an entry on my upcoming retirement (I’ll be starting the Faculty Early Retirement Program, FERP, in the fall of 2017). You’ll also find information on the upcoming Seniors Reception, End-of-the-Year Party, Spring Commencement, and next year’s tentative schedule of classes. Enjoy!

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Good animated summary of Manufacturing Consent

A concise, animated, summary of the role the media plays in producing and reproducing the dominant narrative as explained in Manufacturing Consent (published by Edward Herman, Noam Chomsky, and Edward Said in 1988).

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Coyote Economist, Winter 2017

The Winter Quarter Coyote Economist hit the newsstands last week. The lead article is by Professor Daniel MacDonald focusing on the political economic dynamics leading up to Trump’s win. You can also find information on student scholarships, ODE (the honor society), our current search for new faculty, Professor MacDonald’s new course “The Political Economy of Southern California”, and teaching schedules. Enjoy!!

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Economics as a Ceremonial Institution

Due to personal circumstances I have been absent for quite some time (years), doing no more than to post my department’s quarterly Coyote Economist. The clouds have been slowly parting and I’m beginning to feel alive once again. I’ve learned to change my attitude and not rail against fate. So, I’ll start uploading more frequently than I have during the last three years. My first venture involves uploading a paper I wrote a long time ago (1998) but never submitted for publication. It covers topics (ideology) that I’ve always been fascinated by and seems appropriate in light of the critiques that have emerged since the Great Recession. The paper is entitled Economics as a Ceremonial Institution.

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Clinton and Trump’s Economic Proposals

Earlier this week I wrote an essay for our departmental newsletter, The Coyote Economist. In that piece I offer an assessment of the economic proposals of the top two presidential candidates, Clinton and Trump. A slightly amended version, I like to think enhanced, can be found here. The short version is that Clinton’s proposals will not be as stimulative to the economy as Trump’s, but it will be focused on salvaging the social wage, reducing inequality, and staying the course on US imperial designs. In contrast, Trump’s version will be more stimulative, but at the cost of reducing the social wage while increasing militarism and runnning the risk of encouraging global trade wars.

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Spring Quarter 2016 Coyote Economist

The Spring Quarter 2016 issue of the Coyote Economist is now available. The lead article, by your’s truly, is on Socialism. There are also articles on the newest addition to our department – Dr. Yasemin Dildar, the changing of the guard (department chairmanship) from me to Professor Eric Nilsson, the beginning of Professor Thomas Pierce’s retirement, the Seniors Reception and End of the Academic Year Party, commencement, and next year’s (2016-17) schedule of classes.

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