Enemy Within

Enemy Within

American Politics in the Time of Trump

Book - 2016
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"In Enemy Within, Don Watson takes a memorable journey into the heart of the United States in the year 2016 - and the strangest election campaign that country has seen. Travelling in the Midwest, Watson reflects on the rise of Donald Trump and the thicket of unreality that is the American media. Behind this he finds a deeply fearful and divided culture. Watson considers the irresistible pull - for Americans - of the Dream of exceptionalism, and asks whether this creed is reaching its limit. He explores alternate futures - from Trump-style fascism to Sanders-style civic renewal - and suggests that a Clinton presidency might see a new American blend of progressivism and militarism. Enemy Within is an eloquent, barbed look at the state of the union and the American malaise."
Publisher: Collingwood, VIC, Black Inc.,, [2016]
ISBN: 9781863958677
Characteristics: 116 pages ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Curran, James - Contributor
Alternative Title: QE 63


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Sep 11, 2016

This Quarterly Essay probably does not add much that is new to the commentary that Paul McGeogh has been providing in the Fairfax papers, or Guy Rundle in Crikey. It is good, however, to read an extended-length reflection on the American elections, even if it feeds into our despair over a decision that will affect us all, and upon which we can have no influence whatever.

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