The Consummation of the Consumer Society

Apr 01, 2020

The shock to Western civilization produced by the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 is only beginning to register. Most commentators have focused on the political and economic dimension of a historical moment unlike any other, in which entire nations across the globe have moved into shutdown...

The Politics of the Coronavirus
Mar 27, 2020

The Politics of the Coronavirus

When Emotion Trumps Dispassionate Politics
Mar 26, 2020

When Emotion Trumps Dispassionate Politics

Why It’s Taking Britain So Long to Tackle COVID-19
Mar 23, 2020

Why It’s Taking Britain So Long to Tackle COVID-19

The Future Is Now

The Future Is Now

Mar 22, 2020

The battle over the installation of the next generation of telecommunications equipment around the world can sometimes seem almost as intense as the Cold War that followed World War II and for a good reason — the stakes are high because 5G technology is likely to change life and business...

Coronavirus and Supply Chain Disruption: What Firms Can Learn

Coronavirus and Supply Chain Disruption: What Firms Can Learn

Mar 21, 2020

Long stretches of empty supermarket shelves and shortages of essential supplies are only the visible impacts to consumers of the global supply chain disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Unseen are the production stoppages in locations across China and other countries and the shortages of...

Stock Shock: What Lies Ahead for Global Markets?

Stock Shock: What Lies Ahead for Global Markets?

Mar 14, 2020

Uncertainties continue to multiply over the coronavirus outbreak. US investors saw stock values plunge nearly 20% in the past three weeks. Cases of COVID-19, the new coronavirus, are proliferating outside China. To add to the bedlam, during last weekend a price war broke out between...

The President as Political Hit Man

The President as Political Hit Man

Mar 13, 2020

Donald Trump filed his paperwork to run for reelection only hours after his inauguration in January 2017, setting a presidential record, the first of his many dubious achievements. For a man who relished the adulation and bombast of campaigning, it should have surprised no one that he...

Martha Nussbaum’s Magnificent Opus, a Critique

Martha Nussbaum’s Magnificent Opus, a Critique

Mar 13, 2020

The philosopher Martha Nussbaum has a prodigious output and, indeed, it takes a prodigious effort to keep up with it. No sooner had I completed reading the latest trio of her books than a new one was signaled,  many of the recent works being based on her delivery of prestigious guest lectures...

McCoy Tyner’s Improvisations of Hope

McCoy Tyner’s Improvisations of Hope

Mar 10, 2020

Jazz is a musical art form that cultivates complex and highly disciplined improvisational skills. In its brief history — hardly more than a century — jazz has always floated between being perceived as a style of popular, crowd-pleasing music or as a sophisticated art form produced by...

The New Man in Fascism Past and Present

The New Man in Fascism Past and Present

Mar 05, 2020

“The trenchocracy is the aristocracy of the trenches,” declared Benito Mussolini on the pages of Il Popolo d’Italia in December 1917. Reflecting on the new type of man emerging from the war, he went on: “What an immense moral force is contained in the patriotic spirit of those who come...

The Paradoxical State of Turkish Politics

The Paradoxical State of Turkish Politics

Mar 03, 2020

Recent developments in Turkish politics have left many baffled. More and more Kurdish parents in southeast Turkey are now rising up against the secessionist the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its political wing, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), to reclaim their children the PKK...

TikTok Is Taking the World by Storm

TikTok Is Taking the World by Storm

Mar 02, 2020

TikTok’s latest viral challenge has the world’s teens gluing up their top lips with eyelash adhesive to achieve a poutier look, while parents and health experts look on in dismay. Risking scarring and skin problems, depending on what adhesive is used, it is all worth it for young users eager...

Fair Observer Debates the Trump-Kushner “Deal of the Century”

Fair Observer Debates the Trump-Kushner “Deal of the Century”

Feb 03, 2020

On January 31, Gary Grappo, a former diplomat and Fair Observer’s chairman of the Board, grudgingly came to the defense of the Trump administration’s “deal of the century” that many feel has abusively been referred to as a “peace plan.” Grappo begins by admitting that it is...

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