This week’s episode — Number 80 for Krystal Kyle & Friends — gives us the chance to do a deep dive with a scholar of American social and economic history. Gary Gerstle is the Paul Mellon Professor of American History at the University of Cambridge; his books include The Rise and Fall of the Neoliberal Order, Working-Class Americanism, and American Crucible: Race and Nation in the Twentieth Century, among others. His work gives a picture of how racism and class struggle have shaped our ideas of what it means to belong to this country, as well as how neoliberal economics defined American political life for decades — but has weathered challenges from Sanders-style leftism and the Trumpist right. Gerstle’s work is wide-ranging, looking at everything from post-Civil War history and the New Deal to the neoliberal turn and the Trump presidency.
With our guest’s broad expertise, we’re looking forward to a conversation on the world that the development and popularization of neoliberalism built. Was its very premise untenable — and has it met its demise? If so, what can we learn about the evolution of capitalism from looking back at the neoliberal years, and what comes next? We highly recommend checking out Gerstle’s book on the subject if you can’t wait for the episode, which is released on Friday for paying subscribers and on Saturday as an audio podcast for everyone on Spotify, Pandora, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, and more.
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