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Outside the Box: Could Donald Trump be the West’s Mikhail Gorbachev?

The juxtaposition of Donald Trump and Mikhail Gorbachev in a headline may come as a surprise to many readers. What do a social-democrat who wanted to reform Communism and the billionaire right-wing populist magnate have in common? Indeed, if we focus on their ideologies and individual histories (to the extent that they matter) nothing—not “almost nothing”, but “nothing”!

But if we look at the things from a structuralist perspective, similarities are unmistakable. Neither believes in the hierarchical international systems over which they preside (or presided, for Gorbachev). They are part of the ruling elite but they are fighting against it.

Gorbachev came to power in 1985 planning to reform the Soviet Communism so that it could be economically more efficient and provide higher incomes for its people.

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