The Populist Zeitgeist

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Across the Atlantic, Donald Trump is about to stomp into the White House and slap his surname onto the front of the place. Trump has been elected on a platform to end free trade, seal the border with Mexico and get tough on Muslims at home. Far from fascism, Trump stands for the same all-American nativism going back to the Know Nothing movement. Trump is the Platonic form of the sinister buffoon. He is Silvio Berlusconi, Nigel Farage and Louis Bonaparte, fused into one and timesed by several billion dollars. The Donald is the idol of all populist charlatans. A … Continue reading

Predictions for 2016 Election

This article was originally written in 2014 as an assessment of the Republicans and the Democrats. There are no clear Republican frontrunners for the upcoming presidential elections and it’s yet to be seen what nominees are about to emerge from the underbelly of the corporate Right. By contrast, it looks likely that Hillary Clinton will be running as she has not explicitly dispersed the interest in her potential candidacy and dear Bill said he has “no earthly idea” (a non-answer if there ever was one). There remains a lot of interest in Bernie Sanders with the hope that he may … Continue reading

20th Century Liberalism is dying, there is no third way (and there never was)

For those who perhaps haven’t been following the US primaries too closely (although I doubt it on this site) the election came alive on Tuesday night. Whilst the Republican contest is still all to play for – with Cruz, Trump and in spite of everything, not least himself, Jeb Bush all in with a reasonable shot at victory – the Democratic race is now far more interesting, and frankly significant. A week after failing to grab Iowa, as I thought he probably needed to he, not only did Bernie Sanders win in New Hampshire – but he won by a … Continue reading