American Politics

Jun 25

Running Out of Options

Posted by: George Grundy

100,000 dead, forty million unemployed, a cratering economy, tear gas and looting in the street. America divided. Please, Mr President, “it’s too much winning. We can’t take it anymore”. A good rule of thumb with Donald Trump has always been that if you think this is the bottom, just wait. There’s still plenty of time before the election for Trump to plumb new depths, spread more mayhem and steer America closer to collapse. The president may judge that this summer’s…

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Jun 02

Why America

Posted by: George Grundy

When the Spanish flu struck India in mid-1918 it found a nation ripe for devastation. Ruled by the haughty British and with a vast underclass of ‘lower caste’ Hindus living in squalor, Spanish flu wreaked havoc, killing around 13-million people, most of whom died in a period of just four months. Globally, Spanish flu mortality was not equally distributed – when the pandemic struck Japan the island nation closed down shipping and transport by sea, and as a consequence Japanese…

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Sep 12

Already Gone

Posted by: George Grundy

As the Democratic field narrows and the political commentariat speculate which candidate is best placed to defeat Donald Trump in 2020, America’s national conversation continues to ignore an elephant in the room – the profound threat to democracy posed by this irascible, irrational President. Biden, Sanders and Warren are auditioning for a role they may never be allowed to play. Historically, incumbency offers a first term President significant advantage when it comes to retaining power. Every President since FDR has…

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Jun 30

Concentration Camps in America

Posted by: George Grundy

The internet adage ‘Godwin’s Law’ suggests that the longer an online debate goes, the more likely it is that someone is going to make a reference to Adolf Hitler, and at that point the discussion becomes redundant. Nazi comparisons are often lazy and reductive, but the recent media frenzy about whether internment facilities housing immigrant children on America’s southern border can be labelled ‘concentration camps’ has brushed up against Mike Godwin’s law. It’s becoming chillingly more difficult to avoid some…

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May 06

The President is the Enemy of the People

Posted by: George Grundy

Until this week, it was possible to claim that perhaps this President was just an unhinged egotist, a bumbling criminal who stumbled into the top job but would be unable to enact a broad political agenda because of the cumbersome weight of his own stupidity and incompetence. That view is no longer tenable. Attorney General Bill Barr’s May 1st performance in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmed that a complete takeover of government by Trump is in fact well…

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