(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.?
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
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
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
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