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The dangers for democracy from America’s populist drift

Donald Trump has undermined the very essence of the US Presidency. However, he and the current Republican party are not alone responsible for the decline of American democracy. The US is certainly a divided country today, but those divides have been building for a very long time, with a Republican Party open to polarising anti-system […]

Trumpism is here to stay

The 2020 election has now confirmed beyond doubt that Trump’s victory four years earlier was much more than an aberration, a mere rejection of the ‘Washington establishment’ and the result of Hillary Clinton’s inability to mobilise the Democratic base. Over the last four years, President Trump has been scolded for his style, his rhetoric and […]

Inclusive nationalism wins in America

Joe Biden and American voters decisively defeat Donald Trump by focusing on character and a vision of post-Covid national renewal grounded on pragmatic policies for jobs, growth, and economic security for all people.  With the results now called in several key battleground states, the Democratic ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris decisively won the […]

The cultural politics defining the 2020 election

I began writing this on 5 November when the election had still not been called, but even then we learned something as important as who would win. America is not only more divided than progressives imagined. What is worse is that we are polarised in ways that Trump conjures. On the morning of the election, […]

Lessons of the American election for Europe and the world

Despite years of disastrous economic policy, and an even more catastrophic handling of the Covid-19 crisis, US President Donald Trump received substantially more votes in 2020 than he did in 2016. His blustering in the name of America was seen as standing up for the country by these voters – and they will not go […]

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