The Best of All Possible Worlds?

The Huntington’s 2012 production of Candide (T. Charles Erickson via Flickr)

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  

RIP to the Liberal Order

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump (Wikimedia Commons)

by Suzy Kim The June 12 summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un was a historic moment—for the first time a sitting US president met with the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), or North Korea,… Continue Reading  

China, The Language of Virtue, and the Global Order

Xi Jinping (Shutterstock)

by James Watt From a Western viewpoint, never has the international scene looked more provisional, more uncertain. Some of the confusion is self-inflicted (Trump, Brexit). Some results from a century of political failure and social crisis inflicted for the most… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Assault on Europe

Anti-Trump protesters float a giant “baby Trump” in London. (Shutterstock)

by John Feffer Donald Trump didn’t fly to Europe to meet with NATO, European leaders, and Russian President Vladimir Putin. He got there by stepping through the looking glass. Once on the other side, Trump made a series of extraordinary… Continue Reading  

Welcome to the Birthplace of Trumpism

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by John Feffer He was a rich businessman, an outspoken outsider with a love of conspiracy theories. And he was a populist running for president. In 1990, when Donald Trump was still beyond the furthest outskirts of American politics, Stanislaw… Continue Reading