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

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
Mar 31, 2020

COVID-19 Makes Johnson and Trump Reject Thatcher and Reagan

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Faced With the Coronavirus Challenge to Our Humanity, We Have Been Found Wanting

Faced With the Coronavirus Challenge to Our Humanity, We Have Been Found Wanting

Mar 18, 2020

We live in an age of accelerated individualization — or so sociologists and social philosophers like Ulrich Beck have told us for decades. We have accepted it, even if we did not necessarily like it. The citizens of the former Soviet empire were among the first to take note. In East...

What’s Next for Cryptocurrency?

What’s Next for Cryptocurrency?

Mar 18, 2020

We are now entering the second decade of the existence of cryptocurrency, and it seems that some of the initial predictions of early adopters may have come true. The most commonly cited prediction by the mainstream media was of Bitcoin’s failure, either because of its lack of intrinsic value or...

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