At the Democratic Debate, CNN Magnifies the Rumors

Jan 16, 2020

Everyone knows that elections in the US are not occasions for exploring and clarifying issues and policies, but something more similar to a sporting event between competing athletes. All media outlets know this, but none practice it with greater conviction than CNN. During the Democratic...

Can Sanders or Warren Clinch the Democratic Nomination?
Jan 16, 2020

Can Sanders or Warren Clinch the Democratic Nomination?

What Next for Tehran and Trump?
Jan 07, 2020

What Next for Tehran and Trump?

Is 2020 the Year for America?
Jan 02, 2020

Is 2020 the Year for America?

Is Elizabeth Warren’s Wealth Tax Proposal Too Optimistic?

Is Elizabeth Warren’s Wealth Tax Proposal Too Optimistic?

Dec 22, 2019

An “ultra-millionaire tax” — or wealth tax — proposed by Democratic presidential primaries candidate Elizabeth Warren is likely to raise between $2.3 trillion and $2.7 trillion in additional revenue in 10 years from 2021 to 2030, according to a study by the Penn Wharton...

Where’s the Backlash Over Trump and Brexit?

Where’s the Backlash Over Trump and Brexit?

Dec 20, 2019

I dutifully got a shot this winter to inoculate myself against four different flu viruses. By exposing myself to weakened strains of these diseases, and preemptively suffering some mild flu symptoms, I can ward off the more serious consequences of a full-on infection and do my part to help stop...

Moderates May Be Extremists

Moderates May Be Extremists

Dec 18, 2019

One of Fair Observer’s featured articles this week is a piece by Neil Kapoor, a high school student with a definite talent for journalism. Analyzing the data available concerning US elections, he has delivered a persuasive, though not an entirely convincing argument in favor of the idea that...

Why Democrats Should Vote for a Moderate

Why Democrats Should Vote for a Moderate

Dec 16, 2019

As Democratic primary voters gear up to choose among a diverse lineup of candidates in Iowa, New Hampshire and other key battleground states starting in early February, only one thing is certain: Under our electoral system, the early primary states — despite having smaller populations and...

Why Liars Win Elections

Why Liars Win Elections

Dec 16, 2019

The vast majority of voters got it right. They knew that Thursday’s election could only produce a meaningless result, and they acted in consequence. Although unambiguous, the result answers no questions, but opens up new ones. To anyone with an understanding of historical processes, the idea...

What Americans Need in 2020

What Americans Need in 2020

Dec 10, 2019

Watching the exposure of the ugly underbelly of the American “dream” on full display in the impeachment hearings has been reaffirming for those of us in the body politic who have long thought that self-delusion, rather than freedom and democracy, is the currency of the land. Meanwhile,...

Don’t Just Focus on Trump’s Crimes at Home

Don’t Just Focus on Trump’s Crimes at Home

Nov 22, 2019

It’s a cliché in Westerns. The bad guys ride into town only to be met by a sheriff who stands tall. “I am the law,” the sheriff says, “and you boys better move on.”  This line appears in King Vidor’s 1930 film, "Billy the Kid." But the speaker, sheriff William...

Obama Pushes the Envelope Before Sealing It Shut

Obama Pushes the Envelope Before Sealing It Shut

Nov 21, 2019

Writing for MSN News, journalist Dave Goldiner can’t contain his enthusiasm for what he calls former US President Barack Obama’s “rare advice to the crowded field of 2020 Democrats.“  Goldiner focuses on this oracular pronouncement of the twice-elected former president: “Even as...

Is It Hillary or Chelsea Who’s Running?

Is It Hillary or Chelsea Who’s Running?

Nov 15, 2019

In a BBC interview, Hillary Clinton reveals that she may yet again run for president. Like Jamie Dimon, CEO and chairman of JPMorgan Chase, who explained to CBS that the reason he earns such a high salary is the result of no choice of his own because it was imposed on him by his board, Clinton...

Elizabeth Warren’s Grudging Acceptance of Billionaires

Elizabeth Warren’s Grudging Acceptance of Billionaires

Nov 12, 2019

Although direct rivals for the Democratic presidential primaries, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have been working in some respects like a wrestling tag team. The media prefer to ignore the most serious implications of their strategy for the party itself and US society as a whole, but with...

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