What Happened to the Emerging Democratic Majority?

Feb 18, 2021

In November of last year, Donald Trump lost the presidential election with the highest number of votes for a Republican candidate ever and the second-highest for a presidential candidate. Only Joe Biden did better. Trump also managed to garner the second-highest share of the non-white vote, 26%....

The Storming of the US Capitol Through Identitarian Eyes
Feb 16, 2021

The Storming of the US Capitol Through Identitarian Eyes

Beating Back the Far Right
Feb 15, 2021

Beating Back the Far Right

The Fringe Feeds a Familiar Narrative
Feb 12, 2021

The Fringe Feeds a Familiar Narrative

How QAnon Followers Saw the US Inauguration

How QAnon Followers Saw the US Inauguration

Feb 12, 2021

In the days leading up to the inauguration of US President Joe Biden, followers of the QAnon movement were jubilant — not because they were looking forward to the incoming administration; rather, they believed the military was moments away from intervening, arresting Biden and the rest of the...

How Tough Is Biden Prepared to Look?

How Tough Is Biden Prepared to Look?

Feb 11, 2021

A week after taking office, US President Joe Biden made a point of breaking with the position of his predecessor, Donald Trump, who famously blamed China for deliberately spreading the coronavirus. Trump insisted on calling it the Wuhan flu, Kung flu or any other xenophobic alternative. Coming to...

American Democracy: We Have Misread the Signs of the Coming Storm

American Democracy: We Have Misread the Signs of the Coming Storm

Feb 11, 2021

The January 6 storming of the US Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election has left many of us pondering the future of democracy in the United States. The symbol of American democracy withstood the onslaught this time, but the...

The Iran Deal vs. the Logic of History

The Iran Deal vs. the Logic of History

Feb 10, 2021

The Associated Press offers an update on the standoff between the US and Iran over the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran deal, from which Donald Trump as president spectacularly withdrew the US in 2018. Trump committed an act of pure will, with no serious legal...

Trumpism After Trump: The Wrong Person at the Right Time?

Trumpism After Trump: The Wrong Person at the Right Time?

Feb 10, 2021

A few days before the Senate was due to vote on whether to proceed with the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump on charges of inciting insurrection, an article in The Washington Post’s opinion pages boldly proclaimed that “Trumpism is American fascism.” Equating the...

When Auschwitz Loses Its Meaning

When Auschwitz Loses Its Meaning

Feb 05, 2021

Andy Warhol is credited for the bon mot that in the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes. Robert Keith Packer would probably agree. A nobody from Virginia, Packer made international news for the sweatshirt he wore during the recent assault on the US Capitol. Sweatshirts bear all...

The Imperial Presidency Comes Home to Roost

The Imperial Presidency Comes Home to Roost

Feb 04, 2021

US President Joe Biden’s got a problem — and so do I. And so, in fact, do we. At 76 years old, you’d think I’d experienced it all when it comes to this country and its presidencies. Or most of it, anyway. I’ve been around since Franklin D. Roosevelt was president. Born on July 20, 1944,...

How the Left and the Right Radicalize Each Other

How the Left and the Right Radicalize Each Other

Feb 04, 2021

The year 2020 has seen a spate of activity that has fueled the growth of far-right activity globally. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a spike in conspiracy theory communities that are intimately linked with the radical right, including the QAnon movement and anti-lockdown groups. Another such...

Good Bye, American Exceptionalism

Good Bye, American Exceptionalism

Feb 03, 2021

Wednesday, January 20, 2021, was a bright day. The inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States seemed to mark the end of the dysfunctional period of Donald Trump. The transition comes amid powerful calls to overcome the bitterness of polarized politics, appealing to the...

Tech Exodus: Is Silicon Valley in Trouble?

Tech Exodus: Is Silicon Valley in Trouble?

Feb 02, 2021

On January 7, the news media announced that Elon Musk had surpassed Jeff Bezos as “the richest person on Earth.” I have a personal interest in the story. Two of my neighbors just bought a Tesla, and this morning, on the highway between Geneva and Lausanne, an angry Tesla driver flashed me...

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