How MAGA Sunk the United States

Apr 01, 2020

Donald Trump was elected in 2016 on his promise to “Make America Great Again.” Four years later, he presides over a country that would be the laughing stock of the world if the situation were not so dire. The greatest country in the world apparently cannot provide its citizens with toilet...

COVID-19 Makes Johnson and Trump Reject Thatcher and Reagan
Mar 31, 2020

COVID-19 Makes Johnson and Trump Reject Thatcher and Reagan

Are We Wrong About COVID-19 Death Rates?
Mar 31, 2020

Are We Wrong About COVID-19 Death Rates?

The G20 Needs to Show Leadership to Fight COVID-19
Mar 30, 2020

The G20 Needs to Show Leadership to Fight COVID-19

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...

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...

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,...

The COVID-19 Crisis Will Change Policymaking and Business

The COVID-19 Crisis Will Change Policymaking and Business

Mar 23, 2020

Last week, I looked at some real economy and financial channels that the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted across the world. A global recession is now a foregone conclusion, and it will have emanated from the harsh impact on the economy. On the one hand is the supply side, with production...

Why It’s Taking Britain So Long to Tackle COVID-19

Why It’s Taking Britain So Long to Tackle COVID-19

Mar 23, 2020

On March 9, I wrote that the British government is not just failing to safeguard its people, but is willing to trade lives for economic stability and an air of normality. Since then, the number of reported infections and deaths has risen to 5,863 and 289 respectively at the time of writing, and...

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...

COVID-19 Outbreak Takes the Recession Debate to Brand New Territory

COVID-19 Outbreak Takes the Recession Debate to Brand New Territory

Mar 19, 2020

*Author’s note: This article was written on March 13, 2020. Some issues and data may have changed since then. I am writing this column in a state of a latent denial. Having worked from home for much of the past week, I’ve been trying to juggle work duties with kid’s entertainment as...

John Maynard Keynes Comes Out of Hiding in the UK

John Maynard Keynes Comes Out of Hiding in the UK

Mar 18, 2020

The Guardian’s columnist Will Hutton, a declared Keynesian, has expressed his astonishment at the Tory government suddenly abandoning its economic orthodoxy as the appropriate response to the coronavirus pandemic. His readers certainly remember the “Cameron-Osborne austerity” of only a few...

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...

Getting Ready for a World Without Sports

Getting Ready for a World Without Sports

Mar 17, 2020

A week ago, it would have been unthinkable. Now it’s materialized — a world without sports. The calendar still shows Wimbledon, the Tokyo Olympics, a world heavyweight title fight and the Tour de France, among others. But these events are under threat. Already, the NBA has canceled games in...

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