The impeachment curse

The final forced impeachment of Donald Trump has ended in the result that should never happen in a show trial. The sacrificial victim of the authorities' spite was acquitted. Jonathan Turley is a reasoned and moderate legal scholar who writes widely on constitutional issues in the United States of America. He has yet to post … Continue reading The impeachment curse

Our barren, deformed political society

And if and when Trump is no longer President, all the ills of political system can no longer be blamed on Trump. For four years now – in America but also through viral spread around the world – all the ills of our deformed, barren political society have been personified in a metonymic myth: Donald … Continue reading Our barren, deformed political society

The Time of Troubles to come in America

“There always is this fallacious belief: ‘It would not be thesame here; here such things are impossible.’ Alas, all the evilof the twentieth century is possible everywhere on earth.”Aleksander Solzhenitsyn The events of the 2020 USA election confirm Solzhenitsyn's insight. America stands on the brink of collapsing into an oligarchy. The Newspeakers of democracy have … Continue reading The Time of Troubles to come in America

Six asides on the USA 2020 election

This long post contains my reflections on the election in America. There are six reflections: One. The folly of forecasts: my confession Two. The Presidency is determined not by broadcast anchors, but by Constitutional procedure Three. The pending legitimation crisis. Four. Our deformed, barren political society Five. The post-democratic society Six. Heaven is high and … Continue reading Six asides on the USA 2020 election

Updated 2020 USA Election Prediction: the fall of America’s Brezhnev

In August this year I predicted that Donald Trump would win the 2020 USA election. The final debate has closed, and the laptop from hell has dropped. Early voting has begun. What is my prediction now? Everyone agrees this election is hard to predict; and yet pundits persist in making predictions, and not clarifying the … Continue reading Updated 2020 USA Election Prediction: the fall of America’s Brezhnev

Obsession and Trump’s derangement of the elites

Byron York's Obsession: Inside the Washington Establishment's Never-Ending War on Trump (2020) provides some insight into one of the most poisonous patterns in today's cultural decay: the derangement of the elites, especially the broadcast performers who pretend to be journalists, by Donald Trump. York's book describes the long campaign of the Washington establishment - that … Continue reading Obsession and Trump’s derangement of the elites

My prediction of the 2020 USA Presidential election

Four years ago, in the wake of the American party Conventions, I predicted that Donald Trump would win the 2016 American Presidential election. What do I predict in 2020? In July 2016 this prediction was an outlier. Even in November 2016 it stunned the world of the political elites and the commentariat. It turned out … Continue reading My prediction of the 2020 USA Presidential election

K.T. McFarland’s Revolution in Tamerlane’s Shadow

Over the last week I have read the K.T. (Kathleen Troia) McFarland's Revolution: Trump, Washington and 'We the People' (2020). I was led to this book by the remarkable case of injustice perpetrated on General Michael Flynn. K.T. McFarland was Michael Flynn's deputy, Deputy National Security Adviser in the first months of Trump's presidency, and … Continue reading K.T. McFarland’s Revolution in Tamerlane’s Shadow

Emmanuel Todd’s Lineages of Modernity

"Never have human groups of such a size been so rich, so old, so educated, so devoid of collective beliefs."Emmanuel Todd, Lineages of Modernity, p 21 I picked up from the local library Emmanuel Todd's Lineages of Modernity: a history of humanity from the Stone Age to Homo Americanus. It is a sweeping reconception of … Continue reading Emmanuel Todd’s Lineages of Modernity