A crisis of governance

I have been arguing for some time that liberalism, and with it democracy, are under stress. I see the stressors coming from two directions: From autocrats like Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping; and From populists ~ Donald J Trump being their frontman. But Thomas Carothers of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, writing in Foreign … Continue reading A crisis of governance

‘Trumpism’ is on the (global) rise

Fareed Zakaria, writing in the Washington Post, says that "President Trump’s speech here at the World Economic Forum  ... [in the week 20-24 January 20202] ... went over relatively well. That’s partly because Davos is a conclave of business executives, and they like Trump’s pro-business message. But mostly, the president’s reception was a testament to … Continue reading ‘Trumpism’ is on the (global) rise

She’s right

Please watch this short video clip (it's only 30 seconds long). It's packed with real facts, with genuine data, in short, with the truth. Governor (Ambassador) and maybe future US presidential candidate Nikki Haley says that: "In the last 70 years ... [i.e. since after I was born] ... over 4 Billion people have been … Continue reading She’s right

Canadians need to pay attention

Following on from my previous post, I suspect that former Governor (South Carolina) and US Ambassador (to the United Nations) Nikki Haley might be President-elect of the United States five years from now. She is, right now, I think, the wholly unofficial but very clear voice of the post-Trump Republicans. She shares many of the … Continue reading Canadians need to pay attention

Nikki Haley in 2024?

Jay Caruso, who writes for several American and British journals, says, in an article in the Independent, that "One of the more disturbing aspects of modern American politics is the ascent of the zero-sum game. The divided culture in which Washington DC and, alas, many state governments operate means the concept of "everyone wins" is … Continue reading Nikki Haley in 2024?

Trump’s follies

Two former US diplomats, Professor Michael McFaul (← left) who was the United States Ambassador to Russia and, prior to that, Special Assistant to the President and senior director of Russian and Eurasian affairs on the National Security Council, and William J Burns (right →) who was also Ambassador to Russia and Deputy Secretary of State and is now president of the Carnegie … Continue reading Trump’s follies