Ann Coulter: The Woman Who Called Trump’s Victory

Painting of Ann Coulter by Lizza Littlewort

Talking head Ann Coulter called the US election in 2015. Appearing on Bill Maher’s show, Ann Coulter claimed Donald Trump was the strongest Republican candidate to win the election. The liberal audience was quick to laugh and jeer at the conservative pundit, but they wouldn’t be laughing for long. In retrospect, Coulter now appears prescient and the audience looks smug and complacent. Perhaps this complacency was a factor in Clinton’s humiliation at the hands of a meat-headed blowhard. Almost in the same breathe, Coulter said that the Sanders campaign had the most promise for defeating Trump and winning the White House for … Continue reading

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