Election of Donald Trump as President of the USA - implications for business & human rights
So a billionaire businessman will be the next President of the United States. Not only that, but one whose business practices have often been presented as epitomizing wealth-generation for the few, at the expense of others. What does the election of Donald J Trump as President of the USA have to say for the business and human rights movement?
Clarity on this will take time. However it is clear that within the US and internationally the struggle for equality, human rights and climate action is more pressing than ever. Organized action by civil society and workers groups will be essential to achieve these goals. And business must speak out for diversity, and against growing divisions and the silencing of dissent.
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Author: Eduardo Porter, New York Times
...Yet by the time the polls closed on Tuesday , tens of millions of Americans voted for a policy platform that included profiling Muslims, expelling millions of unauthorized immigrants, walling off the nation’s third-largest trading partner and starting a trade war with the world’s next superpower.
The intense illiberal passion that emerged in the liberal Obama era to propel Mr. Trump to victory paints a troubling portrait of American society. It is one dominated by racial hostility, which stands above any other consideration, undercutting the very notion that national problems merit a collective response...