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Trump is the rearguard, not the vanguard

Charles RichardsonJan 23, 2017

A study of opinion shifts during Obama's time in office argues against the idea that Trump and the Republican Party have history on their side.

Update on fake news

Charles RichardsonJan 13, 20171 Comment

Three points to make as a supplement to Monday's post on fake news and free speech.

Fake news and free speech

Charles RichardsonJan 9, 20174 Comments

Peter Singer suggests a partial remedy for the "fake news" epidemic, but it raises some deep problems.

What does Israel want?

Charles RichardsonJan 5, 20171 Comment

The season of peace and goodwill has produced little of either in the Middle East. But as a negotiated peace between Israelis and Palestinians looks ever more remote, no-one seems willing to spell out the alternatives.

The republic and the Republicans

Charles RichardsonDec 24, 2016

A republic threatened by the tensions of empire and the rise of authoritarian demagogues. Now, where have we seen that before?

America keeps counting

Charles RichardsonDec 8, 20166 Comments

Hillary Clinton's victory keeps getting bigger in terms of votes. But America seems stuck with a system where votes don't matter.

Death of a dictator

Charles RichardsonNov 28, 2016

The death of Fidel Castro would be a good opportunity for reflection on some serious issues. Instead, many on both sides have embarrassed themselves.

Two million and still counting

Charles RichardsonNov 25, 20164 Comments

Not only did Hillary Clinton clearly win the popular vote, her margin is still growing. That marks a problem that America really needs to address.

An unusual president, but not an unusual election

Charles RichardsonNov 18, 2016

Much commentary on the US election misses the point completely. The predecessor that Trump most closely resembles is not Ronald Reagan but Mitt Romney.

The upside of Trump

Charles RichardsonNov 15, 20162 Comments

There's no reason to expect anything good from a Trump presidency. The best we can do is find some reasons why it might not be quite as bad as feared.

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