Welcome to The Economist’s Technological Idealism

Jan 19, 2021

Every publication has a worldview. Each cultivates a style of thought, ideology or philosophy designed to comfort the expectations of its readers and to confirm a shared way of perceiving the world around them. Even Fair Observer has a worldview, in which, thanks to the diversity of its...

Why Is Joe Biden’s Presidency Anathema to So Many US Catholics?
Jan 19, 2021

Why Is Joe Biden’s Presidency Anathema to So Many US Catholics?

Is GCC-Qatar Rapprochement Good or Bad News for Turkey?
Jan 18, 2021

Is GCC-Qatar Rapprochement Good or Bad News for Turkey?

Forecasting the US-China Relationship
Jan 18, 2021

Forecasting the US-China Relationship

Corporations Step Up to Punish Republicans

Corporations Step Up to Punish Republicans

Jan 15, 2021

Perhaps the most surprising outcome of the Capitol riots has been the reaction of corporate donors to the funding of political campaigns. These locomotives of democracy are suddenly unhappy. The shame that now stains the doubly impeached Donald Trump has shaken and apparently cracked what had...

America: Motherhood, Apple Pie and the Mob

America: Motherhood, Apple Pie and the Mob

Jan 15, 2021

The United States began as a glint in the eyes of an English mob of oddballs, dissenters and criminals let loose on what they considered virgin territory. Once secure in their new digs, they administered rough justice to the original Americans and any colonist who fell afoul of community...

Who Owns Susan Collins’ Brain?

Who Owns Susan Collins’ Brain?

Jan 14, 2021

As a senator from the state of Maine with a college education (though not Ivy League), Susan Collins must be considered an intelligent woman. She’s also a Republican. When an intelligent and responsible public figure writes an op-ed recounting an important event, we might suppose she would...

Trump’s Impeachment Should Be Just the Beginning

Trump’s Impeachment Should Be Just the Beginning

Jan 14, 2021

Let’s start with a little good news. It appears that a new US president will be inaugurated on January 20, and, when the Congress convenes for the first time after that, there will be a thin Democratic majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Given what has transpired in...

Recruiting an Army for a Civil War

Recruiting an Army for a Civil War

Jan 13, 2021

Last week’s storming of the Capitol has already achieved the traumatic status of only a few other events in recent US history: the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and 9/11. Its historical consequences will play out for years if not...

Flashpoint America: What the Hell Is Happening?

Flashpoint America: What the Hell Is Happening?

Jan 13, 2021

What the hell is happening in the US? Let’s rattle off some of the obvious: political intractability, sectarian entrenchment, tribal mentality, partisan violence, radicalization, conspiracy theories, reality deficits and even an attempted coup d’état. As strategic intelligence and foreign...

Brexit Trade Deal Brings Temporary, If Not Lasting, Relief

Brexit Trade Deal Brings Temporary, If Not Lasting, Relief

Jan 13, 2021

“What we call the beginning is often the end / And to make an end is to make a beginning.” So said Ursula van der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, announcing the completion of Brexit negotiations on Christmas Eve, quoting from T.S. Eliot’s “Little Gidding,” the final...

Who Is Nancy Pelosi Enabling?

Who Is Nancy Pelosi Enabling?

Jan 12, 2021

Along with Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was one of the politicians most directly concerned by last week’s assault on Congress. Her own office was ravaged. The marauders sought her whereabouts as she was being evacuated. Assessing the damage in the aftermath of the...

In China’s Net City, Opportunity Comes at Uncertain Costs

In China’s Net City, Opportunity Comes at Uncertain Costs

Jan 12, 2021

The one thing the city of Shenzhen — whose nearly 13 million people comprise the industrial engine of China’s Guangdong province — seems unwilling to reimagine is its name. The name Shenzhen, which loosely translates to “irrigation ditch” or “drainage dump,” is the only piece of the...

Death of an Insurrection Salesman

Death of an Insurrection Salesman

Jan 11, 2021

Josh Hawley, the Republican senator from Missouri, formerly a rising star in his party, gambled dangerously with what he believed was the considerable political capital he had accumulated thanks to his image of a populist — a conservative fighting for the cause of the people. In recent weeks,...

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