April, 2018

Two elections and an “election”, plus more Trump and Brexit

, Apr 21, 2018

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This week's electoral news is from Paraguay, Turkey, Cuba, the United States and the United Kingdom.

A conservative crosses the floor

, Apr 19, 2018

In the fascinating politics of America's Supreme Court, Donald Trump's appointee shows he has an unpredictable streak.

Recommended weekly reading

, Apr 18, 2018

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A new feature: links to some recent material that readers should find interesting.

Remembering My Lai

, Mar 21, 2018

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One from the archive, as the Vietnam War recedes further into the past.

2017 in review

, Jan 02, 2018

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A review of the big elections of the last year and the current state of the "populist" threat.

OK, let’s talk about gun control

, Oct 09, 2017

Stop worrying about the Second Amendment, and worry about the culture that treats violence as acceptable and makes guns seem like a good thing.

Understanding tribalism

, Sep 19, 2017

Recommending a survey article on tribalism in American politics.

Charlottesville

, Aug 18, 2017

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Some further thoughts on the moral catastrophe that is Trumpism.

Oh dear, it’s North Korea again

, Aug 14, 2017

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North Korea is staging its regular return to the headlines. Don't panic.

Can you get rid of presidential government?

, Aug 04, 2017

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Events in Venezuela and the United States again cast doubt on the "separation of powers" constitutional model. Can it be reformed or replaced?

Yet another view of neoliberalism

, Jul 20, 2017

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An American liberal's interpretation of "neoliberalism" explores the messaging strategy of the left.

Poland and populism

, Jul 17, 2017

Anti-government protests in Poland offer a window on the difference between liberals and conservatives, and also an opportunity to think about whether the authoritarian right deserves the label of "populist".

The war against Arab democracy

, Jul 03, 2017

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The conflict with Qatar is fundamentally about the possibility of democracy in the Arab world. That's why Saudi and Trumpian autocrats are on the same side.

Georgia on their minds

, Jun 21, 2017

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Republicans win an astronomically expensive Congressional race in Georgia, and almost lose the low-profile one in neighboring South Carolina.

Cartographical fun in North Carolina

, May 25, 2017

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The US Supreme Court strikes a blow against gerrymandering but also exposes the depth of its own partisan divisions.

Macron and the debate on neoliberalism

, May 18, 2017

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Debate continues on what it means to be a "neoliberal", but more people seem willing to accept that it's not always a bad thing.

The Trump plan for Mid-East peace

, Feb 16, 2017

Courtesy of both President Trump and the "facts on the ground", Israel and Palestine seem to be headed for a one-state solution. Is it time to accept that outcome and focus on making it work?

Switzerland says yes to immigrants

, Feb 14, 2017

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Switzerland's strict citizenship laws are relaxed slightly following a very convincing referendum victory. It's one sign that the power of xenophobia might be waning.

Mr Putin cashes in

, Feb 06, 2017

Eastern Ukraine could be the first big test of just where appeasement of Russia will lead.

Australia’s missing conscience

, Feb 02, 2017

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The Australian government baulks at condemning Donald Trump's barbarism, for fear that its own barbarism should be undermined.