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My dad predicted Trump in 1985 – it's not Orwell, he warned, it's Brave New World

The ascent of Donald Trump has proved Neil Postman’s argument in Amusing Ourselves to Death was right. Here’s what we can do about it<p>Over the last year, as the presidential campaign grew increasingly bizarre and Donald Trump took us places we had never been before, I saw a spike in media references …

The Politicization of Everything

Is no part of American life safe from politics in the Age of Trump?<p>“All politics is local,” was famously Tip O’Neill’s favorite saying. Today, in the Age of Trump, all is politics.<p>Tired of the election and our latest First 100 Days already? Too bad. Good luck trying to disengage. Thanks to social …

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

How to Build an Autocracy

The preconditions are present in the U.S. today. Here’s the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism.<p>点击这里阅读中文版本<p>It’s 2021, and President Donald Trump will shortly be sworn in for his second term. The 45th president has visibly aged over the past four years. …

Political Science

A top strategist explains who — if anyone — can threaten America's status as the global economic superpower

Bloomberg screengrab<p>Viktor Shvets is Macquarie's head of global equity strategy and Asia-Pacific equity strategy.<p>We recently spoke with him about who, if anyone, can threaten the United States' status as the global economic superpower.<p>This is part three of a series. Part one was a discussion on the …

Economics

Why Peter Thiel Fears “Star Trek”

A spectre haunts Peter Thiel: the spectre of “Star Trek.” Earlier this week, in a cheeky exchange with the <i>Times</i>_ _columnist Maureen Dowd, Thiel dove headlong into one of science fiction’s most venerable debates. Asked by Dowd whether he was a bigger fan of “Star Wars” or “Star Trek,” Thiel replied …

The new world order, 2017

One insistent question that will shape 2017 is whether we’re witnessing the gradual decay of the post-World War II international order, dominated by the economic and military power of the United States.<p>After the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991, it became fashionable to talk of the United States as …

Geopolitics

Putin’s Real Long Game

The world order we know is already over, and Russia is moving fast to grab the advantage. Can Trump figure out the new war in time to win it?<p>A little over a year ago, on a pleasant late fall evening, I was sitting on my front porch with a friend best described as a Ukrainian freedom fighter. He was …

Geopolitics