• Donald Trump Successfully Wagged the Dog, and More

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    Although I have never seen Donald Trump with a pet, I do believe that he wagged the dog when he ordered the assassination of the Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. The expression “wag the dog” comes from a 1997 film satire in which a president, caught up in a sex scandal, uses a war to divert attention from his peccadillo. It was released at about the time of the Monica Lewinsky/ President Clinton scandal and later U.S. bombing in Sudan. In Trump’s case, he more than wagged the dog. By ratcheting up tensions with Iran, he also increased his stature as commander-in-chief to the detriment of Democratic candidates and reinforced his image as a rogue head of state.

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  • Where’s the Message? Who’s the Messenger?

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    Progressives need to sharpen their message. The left - be it Socialist, Democrat or Labour - lacks a clear voice. The messages of an Orbàn, Erdogan, Kaczynski, Johnson or Trump have captured the times with little countervailing forces. How to respond?

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  • 2019 the best year ever? The street’s the place to go

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    “In the long arc of human history, 2019 has been the best year ever,” declared an eminent opinion writer for the New York Times. His statistical proof was that “children were least likely to die, adults were least likely to be illiterate and people were least likely to suffer excruciating and disfiguring diseases,” plus more and more people had access to electricity, running water, went online and moved out of extreme poverty.

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