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What Stops Us Shooting People

What Stops Us Shooting People

The Las Vegas attack was the 273rd mass shooting in the US this year, occurring on day 275 of 2017. How many times can we explain the kind of mass killing witnessed in Las Vegas earlier this week by invoking the vacuous, depthless term “psychopath”? Stephen Paddock, who mercilessly killed at...

The Worst 100 Days Ever

The Worst 100 Days Ever

Are Trump’s stumbles a brilliant ploy to “deconstruct the state,” a political performance or actual incompetence? If I were a Donald Trump supporter, I’d be furious at the coverage of the president’s first 100 days. The mainstream media have engaged in a bout of...

Democracy Check: Trump at 100 Days

Democracy Check: Trump at 100 Days

An assessment of institutional democracy at the onset of the Trump administration. Since his election to the US presidency on November 8, 2016, there has been much discussion as to whether Donald Trump is a rising authoritarian strongman who will bring the downfall of liberal democracy in the...

Donald Trump: The Hunger President

Donald Trump: The Hunger President

As famine descends on a huge swath of the globe, the White House is rolling back aid, ramping up conflict and risking more climate chaos. One death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic. The quote comes from Joseph Stalin. The policy comes from Donald Trump. Trump famously changed his...

The World This Week: US Drops “Mother of All Bombs”

The World This Week: US Drops “Mother of All Bombs”

Donald Trump’s wanton use of force around the world is causing excessive civilian casualties, diminishing American soft power and will lead to violent backlash. This week, a fight between Afghans and Kurds in the Grande-Synthe camp near Dunkirk got out of hand. After six were injured with...

American Public Policy: Void of Humanity

American Public Policy: Void of Humanity

A nation that allows its public policy debate to be driven by a distorted “concern” for humanity from those who have demonstrated no interest in humanity is a nation that cannot lead anyone anywhere. Maybe it is time for a Humanity Index for America, a way to measure the humanity of this...

Crowdfunding American Soft Power

Crowdfunding American Soft Power

Given Trump’s betrayal, can we crowdfund American aid and soft power abroad? The current debate between liberals and the Trump administration on American soft power abroad is not being framed correctly. Liberals should be arguing for more American citizen engagement overseas rather than for...

Who’s Going to Save American Jobs?

Who’s Going to Save American Jobs?

Tackling unemployment and the “skills gap” needs to happen at the corporate, state and local levels. In a speech announcing his candidacy in June 2015, Donald Trump stated: “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.” He repeated this promise in various ways throughout...

Donald Trump Should Look to Africa

Donald Trump Should Look to Africa

As a businessman and president, Trump should encourage investment in Africa. It is no secret that President Donald Trump prides himself on being a dealmaker. It is a point he used time and time again during his presidential campaign to demonstrate why the United States should withdraw from...

Is Trump Moderating on Foreign Policy?

Is Trump Moderating on Foreign Policy?

Trump's leading foreign policy advisers are obsessed with Iran and making dangerous moves from East Asia to the Middle East. “Chaos,” “dismay” “radically inept”—those are just a few of the recent headlines analyzing Donald Trump’s foreign policy. In truth, disorder would seem to...

NASA Finds Planets That May Have Life

NASA Finds Planets That May Have Life

Scientists have found seven planets that are like Earth, might have water and even life, raising questions about the universe and our place in it. NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has discovered “the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star.” These planets are...

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