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Trump: The Point of No Return, by Simon Cooper

Simon Cooper

8 Feb 2017

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.

Trump: Internal Disporas, by Robert Geroux

Robert Geroux

25 Jan 2017

Markets turned all Americans into a kind of permanent internal diaspora.

Trump: Reality TV, by Andrew Lattas

Andrew Lattas

24 Jan 2017

Recently, Trump even called the candidates for his future administrative positions ‘final contestants’.

Trump: Totalitarian Individualism, by Bruce Kapferer

Bruce Kapferer

23 Jan 2017

Wall Street has effectively been repositioned in Vegas.

Trump: Clinton’s Fake Progressivism, by Gavin Lewis

Gavin Lewis

22 Jan 2017

Trump may be racist, but it was the Clintons who criminalised black Americans en masse.

Trump: Yes, Fascist, by Paul James

Paul James

21 Jan 2017

This is the ‘unthinkable’ threat that Philip Roth foretold in his novel The Plot Against America.

The Cost of Trump’s Victory

11 Nov 2016

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.

Trump’s Victory is Our Fault

10 Nov 2016

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…

Chameleon Clinton the ‘Saviour of Children’

4 Nov 2016

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.…

An Australian Story: Moral ​Breakdown

6 Aug 2016

N’s voice was tense; he was scared. He kept apologising for imposing, his heavily accented English and my deafness an unfortunate combination. I had asked him to call me an hour later as I was on a deadline. He told me he couldn’t as he feared for his safety.

Brexit and After

7 Jul 2016

While many commentators have expressed relief that the financial dust has settled after the decision of UK voters to withdraw from the EU, there is reason to think they relax too soon. Certainly in terms of immediate effects the political shockwaves in the UK are catastrophic and any ‘solution’ for either of the main parties is likely to have a medium (and probably longer) term unraveling effect. On the one hand there is a basic…

When the hurly-burly’s done is the battle lost or won?

3 Jul 2016

Was it a mistake? The voice of the people was heard, certainly. What they were saying isn’t quite so clear, and many comments since from Brexit voters suggest that it was the political caste per se, as much at the EU itself, that was the focus of protest. Whether the vote, which has sent shock waves around the world, and particularly in Europe, will have as its outcome some radical political change—which might be the…