Greetings AFEE colleagues,


Please see the announcement about Plotkin’s new book –




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Subject: Important Title: Veblen’s America by Sidney Plotkin out on Anthem Press


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Dear Dr. Hake,


We are pleased to announce our title Veblen’s America: The Conspicuous Case of Donald J. Trump by Sidney Plotkin and would like to send information to the members of the Association for Evolutionary Economics about this exciting work. 


‘Veblen’s America’ examines the astonishing political rise of Donald Trump through the portal of Thorstein Veblen’s theory of barbaric legacies in American development. 


More information about this title is available here: Veblen’s America.


Please contact us with questions regarding this title or if you are interested in speaking with Sidney Plotkin for interviews, appearances or guest commentary. We would also be grateful if you could circulate this message with other members of your association.


Hope to hear from you. 


With best wishes,


Marketing and Publicity Department

Anthem Press


Praise for Veblen’s America

“One of the world’s leading Veblen scholars has done it again. Sidney Plotkin’s Veblen’s America provides an insightful and brilliant analysis that exposes Trump’s rural ‘country town’ appeal as an expression of the deep red barbaric strand in American political culture, its racism, misogyny and inflamed nationalism. This book is a must-read.”

—Bill Scheuerman, Professor Emeritus, SUNY, USA

“A powerful and unique book: Trump’s presidency is Veblen’s dystopia. Using Veblen’s insight into the competitive thrust of pecuniary culture, Plotkin shows that Trumpism is not a deviation from the arc of US history, but a continuation of its trajectory.”

—William M. Dugger, Senior Scholar, Global Political Economy Research Unit, and Professor of Economics, University of Tulsa, USA


About the Author

Sidney Plotkin is professor of political science on the Margaret Stiles Halleck Chair of Social Sciences, Vassar College, USA, where he teaches courses in American politics, political economy, power and political theory. Plotkin has written numerous articles and is the author of Keep Out: The Struggle for Land Use Control (1987), co-author of Private Interest, Public Spending (1994) and The Political Ideas of Thorstein Veblen (2011) and editor of The Anthem Companion to Thorstein Veblen (2017).


About Anthem Press

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