Beating Back the Far Right

February 15, 2021

After four years of shock, confusion and paralysis, the United States is finally taking action against the far right. Perhaps most dramatic has been the de-platforming of Donald Trump: the suspension of his Twitter and Facebook accounts and the targeting of his prominent followers across social...

US Election 2020: The Fight of the Machines

October 15, 2020

Donald Trump is a cult leader with a following of millions. In the minds of cult followers, their leader, by definition, can do no wrong — all his actions are automatically right. The leader has a prophetic vison and a direct line to the divine. They are not bound by the rules and laws...

All the President’s Surplus White Men

October 02, 2020

The problem of America today is the problem of white men. Who lies at the intersection of guns, right-wing fanaticism, pandemic and climate change denialism? Who ensures that racism continues to course through the lifeblood of the country? Who stands in the way of gender equality? Who supports...

The Donald’s Wrestling Presidency

August 24, 2018

The self-styled The Donald appears to approach the performance of the presidential office as a reframing of the professional wrestling industry’s shtick. Recent attention has turned to how Donald Trump might model aspects of the business of his presidency on that of the multi-million valued...

They Don’t Really Love Trump

November 13, 2017

It would seem there that there is a big Pyongyang problem in the middle of America. When CNN's Ivan Watson visited Pyongyang over the summer, he complained that he hadn't had "a single 'real' conversation with a North Korean due to immense government paranoia." His Instagram pictures of...

Donald Trump’s Rebranding of US Politics Matters

October 28, 2016

Donald Trump has forced the Republican Party to reconsider its core values and principles and what it will stand for moving forward, whether he wins or not. Why does Donald Trump matter? What factors seem to explain the flourishing of a Trump political brand? There are several possible...

Putting Trump Supporters Through “Extreme Vetting”

August 24, 2016

America has lost its sense of irony. Completely. US presidential candidate Donald Trump had recently unveiled a plan to put immigrants through a new screening test to filter out potential terrorists. What he calls extreme, extreme vetting would involve temporary suspension on immigration from...