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The following article is included in my new book, Donald Trump: Deadbeat Tyrant, published 13th January, 2021.

A French philosopher once noted of the Roman Empire’s fall:

If the chance of one battle — that is, a particular cause — has brought a state to ruin, some general cause made it necessary for that state to perish from a single battle. In a word, the main trend draws with it all particular accidents

Montesquieu was right. Rome did not fall due to the military defeats inflicted upon it by barbarians at the gate, it fell due to a combination of…

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The presidency of Donald Trump will be remembered for many things; his two impeachments, his saber-rattling against other nations, his consistent racism, and, of course, the storming of the Capitol building in Washington DC. That last act in particular will long linger in our memories and was a fitting reminder of just how extreme Donald Trump and his ardent loyalists are. …

Imagining the Post-Covid World

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We are entering a stage of the pandemic that we might optimistically term “the beginning of the end.” The rollout of the various vaccines has begun in earnest, and as our most vulnerable citizens are vaccinated, we can now finally catch a glimpse of that faint light at the end of the tunnel. That the pandemic will end is a certainty, but so too is the fact that its consequences will linger for many years to come.

What sort of world will Covid-19 leave in its wake? It would perhaps not be unreasonable to assume that…

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American democracy survived Donald Trump’s onslaught. His attempted coup, if we can call it that, ultimately amounted to little more than bluster, comedy, and, finally, on the 6th of January, rage. The invasion of the Capitol Building by enraged Trump supporters was a fitting closing scene of his presidency, for Donald Trump had spent the previous four years cutting deep scars into American democracy. What better way to conclude his term than by inciting an extremist mob into assaulting the figurative seat of American democracy itself? …

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It is nearly one week since America’s four-year long experiment with fascism was officially terminated. That Donald Trump refused to concede defeat after losing the election meant that the world had to postpone its long-awaited collective sigh-of-relief. In the meantime, we were treated to a glimpse of just what the Trump presidency stood for, as a motley crew of white supremacists, QAnon-ers, and assorted anti-democratic loons stormed the Capitol Building in Washington D.C., in what very much looked like a dress-rehearsal for a genuine fascist assault upon democratic rule.

Throughout Trump’s presidency there has been an ongoing debate as to…

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Donald Trump’s love affair with Twitter is renowned. Since he joined the platform in March 2009, he has tweeted tens of thousands of times, with at least 17,000 of these coming after his 2015 announcement that he would seek the presidency. Trump’s Twitter feed has been a place to boast, an arena to engage in feuds with celebrities and political opponents, a means to threaten foreign nations, and a venue to advertise his political beliefs. …

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We are now approaching the final endgame of Brexit. As the transitional dark zone between full EU membership and full Brexit nears its termination, we are yet to see a deal reached. The indications are that some form of compromise will be found (although who knows what will happen given the unpredictability of the man leading the United Kingdom).

Whether Britain gets a deal with the EU or not, the outcome will likely be unsatisfactory for Britain’s Brexiteers. A compromise with the EU will mean that Boris Johnson will have failed to deliver on his ridiculous promises that Britain could…

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Due to the destructiveness of modern military arsenals, war between states has become less frequent than in the past. However, growing instability and competitiveness in the international system indicates that we could be facing into a future where the likelihood of inter-state war might rise once more. The fact that climate change will result in severe shortages of resources, with accompanying instances of territorial disputes, in the coming decades only increases this possibility.

Presently, there are numerous unresolved disputes between heavily armed nations that could conceivably escalate into all-out war. What follows is a short explanation of five such cases.

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Neoliberalism has been exposed as a failed doctrine, first by the financial crisis that erupted more than a decade ago and now by the Covid-19 pandemic. What replaces it?

The seismic events of the financial crash of 2008 revealed the consequences of allowing rampant financial capitalism to operate without meaningful regulation. As capitalism teetered on the edge of collapse, the response of governments and central banks across the western world was to forego the neoliberal doctrine of limited government intervention in the economy.

Governments launched massive bailouts of banks and initiated huge fiscal stimulus programs. Central banks printed money in…

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The following article is included in my new book, Donald Trump: Deadbeat Tyrant, published 13th January, 2021.

Some critics of Donald Trump have long held that he is a fascist. It is easy to see why. He ran on an openly racist platform. He expresses admiration for strongman-type dictators. He denigrates all critical media as “fake news”. He attacks the judiciary. He seeks to erode the rights of minorities. He appears to hold contempt for democracy. His administration operates camps where immigrants, including children separated from their parents, are detained for long periods.

In recent days, Trump has burnished his…

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