Unlocking the Trump secret

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Since Donald Trump won in November, there has been a lot of talk about the electoral college, so-called “fake news“, Russian hackers and third party candidates. We’ve heard that the electoral college is illegitimate and should be abolished (because it ensured Trump won), the next minute we’re being told that the electoral college can and should overturn Trump’s victory. Apparently, fake news on Facebook is responsible for people voting the wrong way. But then it turns out it was the Russians all along. Are we really so blind? The bitter truth is that the Clinton campaign was fundamentally weak in crucial … Continue reading

Did Castro hold back Cuba?

Cuban sign reading: 'To fight against the impossible and win.'

Alongside his depiction as a “brutal dictator”, negative reflections on Fidel Castro since his death on November 25 have focused on his “mismanagement” of the Cuban economy and the consequent “extremes of poverty” suffered by ordinary Cubans. This caricature is problematic – not only because it ignores the devastating economic impact of the United States embargo over 55 years, but also because it is premised on neoclassical economic assumptions. This means that by stressing economic policy over economic restraints, critics can shift responsibility for Cuba’s alleged poverty on to Castro without implicating successive US administrations that have imposed the suffocating … Continue reading

Spoiler Warning: Jill Stein owes Hillary Clinton nothing

Jill Stein at Occupy Wall Street in 2011.

Many people are looking for someone to blame after Donald Trump won. The Clintons and the Democrats have little time for self-criticism or responsibility. The establishment is still licking its wounds, even as it swallows the Trump victory. The perfect image of this is the now famous photo of Mitt Romney grimacing at a dinner with the President-elect. It looks like a nightmarish scene right out of Twin Peaks. The Republicans have no room for a scapegoat, as they threw everything at Trump and he still won. Now they have to accept it. Meanwhile a lot of liberals are blaming Jill Stein for 2016, … Continue reading