The Coming Crash

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by John Feffer Donald Trump is the epitome of irrational exuberance. You might remember that phrase from the 1990s. Alan Greenspan, the head of the Federal Reserve at the time, was describing how the tech boom was creating a bubble… Continue Reading  

Anonymous and Trumpism Without Trump

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by John Feffer The recent anonymous op-ed in The New York Times about the resistance to Trump within his own administration was supposed to reassure the American people. Don’t worry, the writer was saying: we the “steady state” are making… Continue Reading  

Who’s the Real Maverick: McCain or Trump?

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by John Feffer John McCain was an American politician. That sums up his best and worst qualities. He was not a maverick. As a rather conventional politician, he wasn’t even particularly courageous or much of a straight talker. He represented… Continue Reading  

Attacking the “Deep State”

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by John Feffer Donald Trump has many enemies. And he has long had an enemies list: all the people that he has attacked repeatedly in person, in print, and on Twitter. But now Trump, as president, has drawn up a… Continue Reading  

The Best of All Possible Worlds?

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by John Feffer Candide is the first and most amusing example of the powerlessness of positive thinking. In this 18th century novel by Voltaire, the naïf Candide suffers one misfortunate after another – kidnapping, torture, earthquake. Still he adheres to the philosophy… Continue Reading