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...

How MAGA Sunk the United States
Apr 01, 2020

How MAGA Sunk the United States

Why Are Mexico and Brazil So Slow in Reacting to COVID-19?
Apr 01, 2020

Why Are Mexico and Brazil So Slow in Reacting to COVID-19?

The US Bailout’s Undersized Oversight
Mar 31, 2020

The US Bailout’s Undersized Oversight

COVID-19 Makes Johnson and Trump Reject Thatcher and Reagan

COVID-19 Makes Johnson and Trump Reject Thatcher and Reagan

Mar 31, 2020

In 1978-79, the United Kingdom experienced the winter of discontent. Trade unions around the country went on strike. On January 22, 1979, the UK experienced the largest strike action since the General Strike of 1926. Even gravediggers and waste collectors joined in, leaving corpses and...

Guyana’s Bright Future Is Under Threat

Guyana’s Bright Future Is Under Threat

Mar 30, 2020

After discovering massive oil reserves in the past five years, Guyana, one of the poorest countries in South America, was poised to become one of the richest nations in the world. Also noteworthy is the fact that, since Guyana’s independence from Great Britain in 1966, Venezuela claims nearly...

One Antidote to Coronavirus: More Multilateralism

One Antidote to Coronavirus: More Multilateralism

Mar 30, 2020

With nearly every government and populace around the world now mobilized to combat the coronavirus pandemic, the sort of broad-based international coordination often seen in previous global crises remains glaringly absent, and it’s holding us back from a solution. The reasons for this lack of...

Saudi Arabia’s Wars on Three Fronts

Saudi Arabia’s Wars on Three Fronts

Mar 30, 2020

The Saudi crown prince and de facto ruler, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), finds himself in a difficult place, fighting three very different sorts of wars. The first — and the longest running — is the Saudi-led campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen that on 25 March passed its fifth...

The Politics of the Coronavirus

The Politics of the Coronavirus

Mar 27, 2020

The far right thrives on fear. It’s no surprise, then, that it would use the latest pandemic, which has generated widespread panic, to bolster its own agenda. All of the hallmarks of the far right are in play during the coronavirus crisis. It has pushed to close borders. It has demonized...

COVID-19: Will We Learn the Lessons?

COVID-19: Will We Learn the Lessons?

Mar 27, 2020

Many Western governments are willing to climb any mountain and pay any price to save lives. In the process, many of them are also politicizing their response to the coronavirus pandemic while acting too late and too meekly, setting the stage for what is yet to come. The West can learn a lot from...

How to Kill People to Save an Outmoded Idea of the Economy

How to Kill People to Save an Outmoded Idea of the Economy

Mar 26, 2020

US President Donald Trump will go down in history as the ultimate master of hyperreal politics. No matter how far he deviates from reality, the American public consistently expresses its approval. The further he wanders from rationality, even when the consequences are measurable in the number of...

What the “Deal of the Century” Means for Israel and Palestine

What the “Deal of the Century” Means for Israel and Palestine

Mar 26, 2020

On January 28, US President Donald Trump unveiled his long-awaited peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which he hailed as the “deal of the century.” This is the latest attempt by the US to mediate between the Israelis and Palestinians and end the seven-decade-old...

When Emotion Trumps Dispassionate Politics

When Emotion Trumps Dispassionate Politics

Mar 26, 2020

The triumph of Nazism in the years following the election of 1933 that brought Adolf Hitler to power represents arguably the greatest human catastrophe of the 20th century — a century rich in human catastrophes. Until today, historians, social scientists and writers, from Primo Levy to Jonathan...

Trump Defends the Honorable Insiders

Trump Defends the Honorable Insiders

Mar 25, 2020

In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, a scandal emerged at the end of last week when the media reported that four US senators may have engaged in insider trading by selling off their shares in hotel stocks after learning in confidential hearings of the likely effect that the virus would have on...

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