3/9/17 ASHLAND, Ohio – Kevin D. Williamson, National Review’s roving correspondent and published author, will speak on the topic of “Political Economy and the Rise of Donald Trump” at an Ashbrook Center Colloquium on Friday, April 7, at 3 p.m. in the Ashbrook Center, located on the eighth floor of the Library on the Ashland University campus.
The colloquium is free and open to the public. For more information, call 419.289.5430 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In a summary of his discussion, Williamson noted that in 2015, the Nobel prizewinning economist Angus Deaton discovered something strange and shocking: Life expectancies for non-college educated white Americans were declining. That fact is dispiriting enough, but the sources of that decline are despair inducing, too: alcohol driven liver disease, complications from opiate addiction and suicide.
At the same time as their prospects were declining, the white underclass began developing a strong and sometimes destructive variety of identity politics, which contributed to the election of populist-nationalist Donald J. Trump. The relationship between the decline of the white working class and the rise of American nationalism brings together social forces that have been active in American politics since before the candidacy of George Wallace, but in a way that is magnified by current economic and political conditions.
Williamson is the author of several books, including The End Is Near and It's Going To Be Awesome and The Case Against Trump. His work has appeared in publications ranging from the Washington Post to The New Criterion, where he served as theater critic. A longtime newspaper editor, he began his career at the Bombay-based Indian Express Newspaper Group and has served as editor-in-chief of three newspapers. He is from Lubbock, Texas.
The Ashbrook Center, located on the campus of Ashland University, seeks to restore and strengthen the capacities of the American people for constitutional self-government. Through undergraduate, graduate and civic programs, the Ashbrook Center aspires to be the leading national educator in the enduring principles and practice of free government in the United States.