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Trump: Logician to Rhetorician, by Jon Altman

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Trump’s message is to make America great again. The means to do this, according to him, is to revisit the twentieth-century industrial capitalism that made America ‘great’ before. It is the legacy of this American Dream of bloated materialism and waste that is now choking the planet.

Trump: The Point of No Return, by Simon Cooper

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In this excerpt from the forthcoming editorial of Arena Magazine, Simon Cooper argues that if a genuine alternative to Trump is to appear, liberals and progressives must recognise where their oppositional values come from, and the limits of the settings that produced them. Such settings, premised on global trade and hyper-consumption, are unsustainable for life itself, not merely politically divisive.

The Cost of Trump’s Victory

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Progressivism has to take some of the blame and will have to deeply reconsider its project if we are to counter the forces of Trumpism.



Latest comment: All true enough, but your “progressivism” is a fantasy , and you ignore the possibly even higher...

Trump’s Victory is Our Fault

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As it begins to sink in that a political earthquake has occurred in the United States, it is obvious that the media got it wrong in just the same way it got it wrong with the Brexit vote. Wrong in the first instance, they chose to assume that Brexit had simply been an aberration. More importantly, they made this assumption because they had no way of reflecting upon the earthquake in everyday life that is the real context of the current earthquake in politics in the United States — as was the case with Brexit.

Chameleon Clinton the ‘Saviour of Children’

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In today’s race for the White House, falsehoods and deceptions are no longer marginal to political debate but rather shape much of what is said by US presidential candidates. This is shockingly true for Trump, who has organised much of his campaign around endless fabrications, sending fact-checkers into a frenzy of activity. On the other hand, Hillary Clinton has earned a reputation as a chameleon, willing to say almost anything to promote her political career. In response, Clinton has managed her truth deficit by invoking her lifelong defence of families and children. Unfortunately, Clinton only focuses on managing some of the problems that young people face, rather than doing anything to change the conditions that produce them.