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?
Mar 27, 2020

COVID-19: Will We Learn the Lessons?

How to Kill People to Save an Outmoded Idea of the Economy
Mar 26, 2020

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

What the “Deal of the Century” Means for Israel and Palestine
Mar 26, 2020

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

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...

What the Coronavirus Says About Us

What the Coronavirus Says About Us

Mar 24, 2020

A crisis, according to self-help and leadership books, reveals much about a person’s character. The same can be said of a nation’s character. Since the latest pandemic began to spread out of China in 2020, countries responded in very different ways to the challenge. There was ingenuity,...

Joe Biden: An Oasis of Stasis in a Changing World

Joe Biden: An Oasis of Stasis in a Changing World

Mar 24, 2020

Amy Walter, writing for the Cook Political Report, has asked an important question in the title of her article: “Will Coronavirus Shake Up the Political Stasis?” She looks specifically at what the idea of stasis or change means for US President Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders Is Connecting...

America Called Its Government, But No One Answered

America Called Its Government, But No One Answered

Mar 23, 2020

I have just finished a couple of weeks on the road in Texas, during which time the coronavirus pandemic blew up across the American landscape. The best sign that something serious was happening while I was on the road was the number of guys in truck stop and convenience store restrooms...

What It Means to be a Wartime President

What It Means to be a Wartime President

Mar 20, 2020

His grammar leaves something to be desired, but the message is clear. US President Donald Trump has informed the nation and the world that he has now risen to the same significant height reached by his Republican predecessor, George W. Bush. Explaining the measures he intends to take to...

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...

COVID-19: What Italy and the US Are Doing Wrong

COVID-19: What Italy and the US Are Doing Wrong

Mar 10, 2020

With the COVID-19 outbreak unfolding worldwide, with around 35,000 cases confirmed outside China to date, it is possible to attempt a preliminary analysis of the politics of coronavirus and the efficiency of policies adopted by national governments and international bodies. Unfortunately, the...

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...

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