Does the UK election mean anything for the U.S.?

(The original of this appeared on American Politics Made Super) As always, yes and no. Yes because the ideology of austerity-driven neoliberalism, that which is championed by Theresa May’s suddenly flailing government, is a major component of the ruling Republican Party in the United States. It’s what Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, believes in … Continue reading Does the UK election mean anything for the U.S.?

Emmanuelle Macron’s Multiplying Challenges

Everyone is breathing a sigh of relief.  As reported by Reuters: Emmanuel Macron was elected French president on Sunday with a business-friendly vision of European integration, defeating Marine Le Pen, a far-right nationalist who threatened to take France out of the European Union. The centrist's emphatic victory, which also smashed the dominance of France’s mainstream parties, will … Continue reading Emmanuelle Macron’s Multiplying Challenges

The Forces Shaping the Critical French Election: Populism, Pride, and Prejudice

And why is it so critical?  Nothing less than the European Union is at stake - and with it, the geopolitical contract that has bound Germany and France together since World War II. After the defeat of anti-Islam populist Geert Wilders early this month in the Netherlands, it is reasonable to ask if populism as … Continue reading The Forces Shaping the Critical French Election: Populism, Pride, and Prejudice

The World Is Much Better Off Than It Feels

There will be few who will miss 2016; perhaps fewer still that will miss 2017.  Americans despair their electoral choices (choosing cancer or a heart attack, to some); Brits have quit the European Union; Turkey, post-coup, is also mid-purge; Islamic State's lone wolves butcher and bomb.  Even the Pope is using the 'w' word to … Continue reading The World Is Much Better Off Than It Feels

The World According to Bernie Sanders

It's rather rare for me to have an opportunity to hear directly from the horse's mouth: I rely, as so many do, on public media.  But this weekend Senator Bernie Sanders paid a visit to Coney Island; a mere handful of subway stops away, it seemed unconscionable to not bother my Sunday with a speech. … Continue reading The World According to Bernie Sanders