Marius Diaconu

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The Trump Doctrine Is Winning and the World Is Losing

Decades from now, we may look back at the first weeks of June 2018 as a turning point in world history: the end of the liberal order.<p>At a summit in Canada, the president of the United States rejected associating the country with “the rules-based international order” that America had built after …

Geopolitics

The GOP plunges toward its own special place in hell

Are you old enough to remember when the Republican Party had principles and a backbone? It seems so long ago.<p>If you do recall that bygone time, you might expect that said principles and backbone will assert themselves, sooner or later, against President Trump. Stop waiting, because it’s not going …

Donald Trump

A Quisling and His Enablers

This is not a column about whether Donald Trump is a quisling — a politician who serves the interests of foreign masters at his own country’s expense. Any reasonable doubts about that reality were put to rest by the events of the past few days, when he defended Russia while attacking our closest …

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America Last: Trump’s Attack on the Amazon Job Machine

President Trump has declared war on Amazon, the nation’s second most valuable company. Amazon is creating more jobs than all but a handful of entire states. And nearly every major city in the country is vying to land the second headquarters of this global retailer and the 50,000 high-paying …

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Corruption, Not Russia, Is Trump’s Greatest Political Liability

“My whole life I’ve been greedy, greedy, greedy,” declared Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign. “I’ve grabbed all the money I could get. I’m so …

Putin Won. But Russia Is Losing

Vladimir Putin may have been re-elected president of Russia on March 18, but he’s far from the grand master of geopolitical chess portrayed in the …

Team of Sycophants

Tillerson’s dismissal leaves the White House more than ever the conniving and dishonest court of an erratic, ill-informed, and willful monarch.<p>In the end, the only one surprised to discover a presidential shiv protruding from Rex Tillerson’s back was the man himself. He was abruptly dismissed from …

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Prepare for failure and it will lead to success

<i>This is part of a series looking at micro skills – changes that employees can make to improve their health and life at work and at home, and employers can make to improve the workplace. The Globe and Mail and Morneau Shepell have created the Employee Recommended Workplace Award to honour companies</i> …

I Am Dying From Terminal Cancer. Here's What It's Taught Me About Living.

Sparkling bright and eight months pregnant, my French-speaking surgeon in Montreal, Quebec, was perhaps more direct than she would have been in her native language. She’d just removed my uterus and everything else that I could spare from my abdomen, but she was reporting on what she <i>hadn’t</i> been able …

The Trump presidency could cost the nation more than we realize

As the saying goes, you don’t miss the water until the well runs dry: This deeply aberrant presidency threatens to cost the nation much more than even some of President Trump’s harshest critics may realize.<p>From 1988 to 1992, I was The Post’s correspondent in Buenos Aires, covering all of South …

South America

We’re witnessing a war on public life. This is the cost.

We didn’t fully realize just how hard it is to be president until we had one with no idea of what it takes to do the job.<p>We didn’t appreciate having a government that was relatively honest and free of venality until we had one riddled with corruption.<p>And we didn’t know how wildly irresponsible …

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A history of the Trump slump

LOOKING back from the vantage point of 2025*, economic historians are starting to write their analyses of the Trump slump. It seemed to appear from …

Economics

Your First Thought Is Rarely Your Best Thought: Lessons on Thinking

The best advice I've ever gotten about thinking came from a private-company CEO who has a thirty-year track record that's up there with Warren …

Interest Rates

The Tyranny of Convenience

Convenience is the most underestimated and least understood force in the world today. As a driver of human decisions, it may not offer the illicit thrill of Freud’s unconscious sexual desires or the mathematical elegance of the economist’s incentives. Convenience is boring. But boring is not the …

Washing Machines

Raining on Trump’s Parade

One of the less pleasant tasks that we all have can be trying to maintain our intellectual integrity when it’s challenged—and nothing challenges it quite like Donald Trump. It’s unpleasant because it means trying to reconcile our instinctive, even reflexive, pleasures with our established …

French Government

Worse Than Willie Horton

A lot of Trump’s speech — and an even greater share of the emotional energy, since he seemed bored reciting misleading economic numbers — was devoted to lamenting a wave of violent crime by immigrants. Was this racist? Yes, of course. But saying that doesn’t capture the full evil of what he was …

Is Trump’s doctor okay?

Examining the White House physician's briefing on President Trump's physical, I was alarmed — not about the president's health, but the doctor's.<p>Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson was so effusive in extolling the totally amazing, surpassingly marvelous, superbly stupendous and extremely awesome health of the …

Donald Trump

‘The Lowest White Man’

I guess Donald Trump was eager to counter the impression in Michael Wolff’s book that he is irascible, mentally small and possibly insane. On Tuesday, he allowed a bipartisan session in the White House about immigration to be televised for nearly an hour.<p>Surely, he thought that he would be able to …

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How Would Jesus Drive?

Over the past several years we have done an outstanding job of putting total sleazoids at the top of our society: Trump, Bannon, Ailes, Weinstein, Cosby, etc. So it was good to get a reminder, from Pope Francis in his New Year’s Eve homily, that the people who have the most influence on society are …

Pope Francis

How to Counter the Circus of Pseudoscience

Maybe one day, once I have decades of experience as a doctor and further training in my area of specialization, I will be able to speak about health matters with the tone of authority of the average naturopath.<p>That was the thought that crossed my mind recently while I waded through the online world …

Everyone in Trumpworld Knows He’s an Idiot

One of the more alarming anecdotes in “Fire and Fury,” Michael Wolff’s incendiary new book about Donald Trump’s White House, involves the firing of James Comey, former director of the F.B.I. It’s not Trump’s motives that are scary; Wolff reports that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were …

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The Year in Fitness: Exercise, Add Intensity, Live to See Another Year

The overarching message of this year’s exercise-related science was that physical activity, in almost any form and amount, changes the arc of our lives.<p>But much of this research also hinted that there may be something unique about pushing yourself at least a little extra that alters and ramps up …

Structural Eye Color is Amazing

Did you think that blue eyes are blue because they contain blue pigmented cells? Did you think that green eyes are green for the same reason?<p>Think …

The Toxic Loyalty of Trump's Hardcore Zealots

They’ve excused his winking at neo-Nazis and his support of an accused child molester. Is there anything—anything—that would make Trump’s die-hards …

Opioid abuse in the U.S. is so bad it’s lowering life expectancy. Why hasn’t the epidemic hit other countries?

For the second year in a row, life expectancy in the United States has dropped.<p>It is not hard to understand why: In 2016, there was a 21 percent rise in the number of deaths caused by drug overdoses, with opioids causing two-thirds of them. Last year, the opioid epidemic killed 42,000 people, more …

Medicine

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau watches Grey Cup from snowy bleachers because Canada

Here in America, our politicians watch football in leather-draped suites while gorging on filet, sipping Dom Perignon 1959, and backslapping Jerry Jones after every first down/joke about the rapidly inflating cost of meat tubes down on the proletariat mezz. Up north, however, things are done a …

Why incompetent people often think they’re actually the best

There’s a psychological phenomenon behind it: the Dunning-Kruger effect.<p>Maybe you’ve experienced this at school or work before: Dealing with someone who thinks he’s much better at his job than he really is. This can not only be really annoying, but it can lead to disaster as a group project is made …

America will survive Trump, but it won't ever be the same

When I walked into the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, this summer, I was struck by the glowering portrait hanging in the lobby. Donald Trump is president? It seems like something out of a dystopian film. But it's not science fiction; it's reality. Exactly a year ago, the voters of America, …

Donald Trump

The GOP Is So Screwed Up It Might Not Be Able to Pass Tax Cuts

If you need evidence of how dysfunctional the GOP is right now, consider the difficulty Republicans are having with passing tax reform. Not only is …

The other huge scandal Mueller brought to light this week

Robert Mueller brought to light a huge scandal this week, and it has nothing to do with Russia.<p>He has introduced the world to Sam Clovis.<p>Clovis, we now know, was the Trump campaign official who oversaw George Papadopoulos and encouraged his efforts to meet with Russian officials. But what's more …

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