Syria – and Trump’s Instincts
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Syria – and Trump’s Instincts

President Trump’s missile strike on Syria last week seems to have been based on instinct rather than reason. This is worrying.   Well, he finally got something right.   Following the attack on April 4, apparently with chemical weapons, on the Syrian rebel-held town of Khan Shaykhun, President Trump responded on April 7 by ordering ...
Liberalism’s Fateful Mistake
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Liberalism’s Fateful Mistake

In my last post, I attempted to analyse the reasons why so many people worldwide are finding the appeal of political populism so attractive. This concentrated on the right-wing populism which has proved so successful in countries like Poland, Hungary, the United Kingdom, and, most recently, the USA. 2017 will see further tests in the ...
Why Populism is so Popular
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Why Populism is so Popular

The election of Donald Trump as US president is the most spectacular example of the success which political populism has been enjoying worldwide in the past years. But the simple solutions populists put forward do not offer serious strategies for dealing with any of the challenges facing our globalised, networked, post-industrial societies. At the beginning ...