One Likely Path Ahead.
01 February 2017 | Pago Pago, American Samoa
The consensus take on current happenings is that neo-liberals are inciting protest over Trump's victory and the neo-nationalist program Trump is setting on its feet. But I hate neo-anything references largely because there is damn little neo under the sun. This is the liberal establishment, which had its posterior kicked hard electorally, opposing Trump's nationalistic Make America Great Again program being built up to, among other things, displace the protesting liberal establishment which lost. Theirs is a fake and forced insurrection with much howling and protest which can and will go nowhere unless Trump fails miserably and does something impeachable.
But the Koch brothers are correct. If Trump materially fails to deliver on his promises to Main Street and middle America, or the republican party acts at their peril to materially block Trump, then there is a real possibility of a true progressive and popular revolt, but it won't have much to do with the now defeated liberal establishment and the democratic party which is dying as I write.
It will arise out of middle America which placed Trump in office, and it will become aligned with independents, alienated liberal democrats, sensible republicans and most progressives, and it will likely have new progressive leaders yet to emerge. If those leaders are smart enough to lead in a more moderated Bernie tradition and direction, much will be possible and old style republicans will either have to change their colors or become displaced relics like democratic leaders are.
Why, economists like myself, might even march and join in.