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2016: Understanding the nightmare

A selection of my articles on the hellscape that was 2016, divided by topic. Full list available here. If you want an understanding of how we got into this mess, try my book on the conditions leading up to the … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Authoritarian Kleptocracy Part II

Here are some of my articles and interviews from the past week: The fake war on fake news (12/15/16) — Globe and Mail Donald Trump, Russia, and the mystery of “these people” (12/14/16) — De Correspondent Trump and Putin: The … Continue reading

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An unaired interview on Trump, authoritarianism and kleptocracy

A few weeks ago, a news outlet sent me some interview questions, which I answered too late for the interviewer to use and therefore they didn’t get printed. (I apologize to this outlet and to everyone else to whom I’ve … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Authoritarian Kleptocracy

We are running out of time. My interviews and articles about what awaits, written since Election Day: A fascist’s win, America’s moral loss (11/9/16) — Globe and Mail We’re heading into dark times. This is how to be your own … Continue reading

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The election and the threat of white supremacist violence

If you’re going to read anything I write about the election this week, make it this piece for De Correspondent — on white supremacist mobs, political violence, and a crisis in US journalism: It is a terrible feeling to sense … Continue reading

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Conspiracies and machinations: what’s going on with the FBI?

For about a year, I have been arguing that Trump is trying to pull fringe movements to the center and mainstream extremism — and has succeeded thanks to the cooperation of ratings-hungry, morally vacant members of media. (When I pointed this out on … Continue reading

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What’s next for Uzbekistan? Karimov’s legacy and Mirziyoyev’s challenges

I wrote a 3000-word essay for World Politics Review on Uzbekistan’s history as an independent state, the rise of Islam Karimov, the death of Karimov, and the challenges for his successor, Shavkat Mirziyoyev. The essay explains how and why authoritarian leaders … Continue reading

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On irrational exuberance

For the Globe and Mail, I wrote about the virtues of low enthusiasm when it comes to political candidates: If this election has taught us anything, it is that enthusiasm for a political figure can be dangerous. It is a … Continue reading

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More on Trump’s “rigged” allegations

My article on the third debate for the Globe and Mail: In Mr. Trump’s alternate reality, Ms. Clinton occupies two contradictory positions. First, she is so powerful that she is unilaterally responsible for everything that has happened in the U.S. … Continue reading

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Two new articles on the election

Too busy to update this site lately. A couple of new(ish) articles on the election: Donald Trump’s conspiracy theories are making his supporters paranoid — and dangerous (10/13/16) <– This article was about the possibility of armed white supremacists plotting … Continue reading

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