What Stops Us Shooting People

October 05, 2017

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

April 28, 2017

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

April 28, 2017

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

April 20, 2017

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”

April 16, 2017

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...

Trump Rides on Shoulders of Obama’s Interventions in Central America

April 07, 2017

Trump’s policies against immigrants are an intensification of the Obama administration’s targeting of Central American refugees through raids. As the Trump administration continues to criminalize immigrants and refugees, using executive orders to ramp up deportations, conducting large-scale...

American Public Policy: Void of Humanity

April 06, 2017

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

April 05, 2017

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?

March 11, 2017

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

March 03, 2017

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...

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