History News & Analysis

America’s Current Extraconstitutional Republic

How Trump’s presidency has taken the presidency out of the bound of the Constitution and puts America into dangerous, uncharted territory, and all to the delight and design of Vladimir Putin; whatever the outcome of today’s midterms, there will remain ...
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In Possible Government Shutdown, Trump and Republicans Lucky We’re Not Living in Ancient Rome

Author's note: as I repost this for Real Context News as Trump enters the third year of his presidency, we are in midst of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, one lasting already over a month. My below analysis is still deeply relevant, sadly: Trump began his first and now second anniversaries of taking office mired self-inflicted shutdowns. ***** Though I originally published this article in the fall of 2013 during America's last government shutdown, it is a sad measure of how little progress has been made ...
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North Korea’s Nightmare Past Key to Understanding Its Nightmare Present & Nightmare Future

North Korea’s brutal, tragic history is the key to understanding why options for dealing with Kim Jong-un and his troublesome nuclear ambitions are so bad and limited, and why we are at such a dangerous moment in history as this ...
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The (First) Russo-American Cyberwar: How Obama Lost & Putin Won, Ensuring a Trump Victory

Author's note: I was able to put this narrative together—one strongly supported by the available information even right after the 2016 election—in early December, 2016. It still shocks me that, even as of early 2019, virtually all the mainstream outlets ...
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Trump, the Specter of Political Violence, & Lessons From the Roman Republic (Or, We Have a Problem America!)

Trump's flirtatious waltz with hints and threats of political violence cannot be ignored and should not be underestimated. Apart from echoing some of America's own worst episodes in the South after the Civil War, such dangerous dancing brings to mind ...
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Republic of Georgia Shows Trump & His Fans Depressingly Normal: Just Another Ethno-centric Nationalist Movement

Author's note: as Tump's presidency unfolds into its third year, the idea that Trumpism really is little more than banal and racist ethnocentrism is only more obvious than it was a little less than a month before his election, when ...
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10 Reasons for Liberals to Worry About Election Besides Trump / Clinton Debate

It's kinda time to panic for liberals; regardless of how the public reacts to the debate, here are 10 reasons why liberals should not be relaxed between now and November 8th. Originally published on LinkedIn Pulse September 26, 2016 By ...
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Erdogan Leads Turkey’s Democracy on a Populist Death March After Failed Coup

In my previous piece on Turkey, written as the coup attempt was underway, I noted that should the coup fail, Erdoğan would simply accelerate Turkish democracy's death march he had already put in motion for some time. Sadly, things have ...
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America Staring into Abyss of Racial Terrorism After Shootings; Up to White America if USA Falls in, Sees Israeli-Palestinization of Race Relations

After events in Baton Rouge, LA, Falcon Heights, MN, and Dallas, TX, America—in particular white America—sorely needs to take stock of its current crisis in race relations. If it fails to do so, it risks falling into a cycle of ...
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Brexit Heralds End of Positive Era & Possible Lurch Towards Awful One for Europe & World

Least among the problems posed by the UK's Brexit vote to leave the EU are the actual effects that will be felt in the UK; there is so much more at stake in the wider world, not least the general ...
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Jim Webb Probably Best Trump VP Pick: Independents & Conservative Democrats Likelier To Consider Trump with Webb than with Women or Minority Running Mates

It's not a convincing argument that Trump picking a woman or a person of color will do much or anything to change how terrible he is doing with either women or people of color, but (Democrat?) Jim Webb does as ...
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Trump Foreign Policy Speech Latest Example of GOP Bankruptcy in Foreign Policy Ideas, Competence

A detailed examination of Trump's foreign policy speech from a few weeks ago reveals how little substantive thought or ideas the candidate, the Republican Party, and it voters have when it comes to foreign policy. Contradictory and confusing, Trump showed ...
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