by Cody Fenwick AlterNet Dec 28, 2018 By any reasonable standard, Donald Trump’s record in office is a dismal failure. The sole legislative achievement of his first two years in office is a massive tax cut for the wealthy, driven largely by the plutocratic impulses of the Republican Party he campaigned against, and which … Continue reading This 19th-century philosopher explained the phenomenon that keeps Trump fans so devoted to the disastrous president
by Finian Cunningham Dec 27, 2018 Donald Trump’s big announcement to pull US troops out of Syria and Afghanistan is now emerging less as a peace move, and more a rationalization of American military power in the Middle East. In a surprise visit to US forces in Iraq this week, Trump said he had no … Continue reading Trump Comes Clean: From World’s Policeman to Thug Running a Global Protection Racket
Far from being a sophisticated propaganda campaign, it was small, amateurish, and mostly unrelated to the 2016 election. by Aaron Maté Nation Dec 28, 2018 The release of two Senate-commissioned reports has sparked a new round of panic about Russia manipulating a vulnerable American public on social media. Headlines warn that Russian trolls have tried to suppress … Continue reading Being Wrong About Russian Social-Media Involvement in US Politics
INSIDE THE MINDS OF HARDCORE TRUMP SUPPORTERS by Tom Jacobs Pacific Standard Given the meteoric rise of Donald Trump, and the ill-defined phenomenon known as Trumpism, it's vital we understand the psychology that attracted Americans to the real estate mogul in the first place. Research suggests such voters are driven by a combination of racial resentment and authoritarianism. Sociologist … Continue reading Trump’s earliest and strongest followers embody a particularly belligerent strain of authoritarian thinking.
The past is prologue. The stories we tell about ourselves and our forebears inform the sort of country we think we are and help determine public policy. As our current president promises to “make America great again,” this moment is an appropriate time to reconsider our past, look back at various eras of United States … Continue reading FDR and His Deal for a Desperate Time
by Farnam Street In The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and The Common Good Robert Frank, an economics professor at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, takes on the debate of who was a better economist—Adam Smith or Charles Darwin. Frank, surprisingly, sides with Darwin, arguing within the next century Darwin will unseat Smith as the … Continue reading Why Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand Breaks Down: The Darwin Economy
The case for taking a break from the news. by JESSA CRISPIN In These Times Dec 20, 2018 I used to have a recurring argument with a friend, who told me he stopped paying attention to the news. “Don’t you think you should know what’s going on in Syria? Or Yemen? Or about the failing public … Continue reading News Feed Fatigue: It’s Getting Harder To Think