Who won the election? Were the polls accurate? What lessons learned?

Summary: The results of the election are in! The Republic lost, with a new President who got second place in the public vote. Then came a barrage of lies about the simple facts of the election, propaganda which our institutions seem unable to fight. Can we reform the Electoral College before 2020? That will show if the … Continue reading Who won the election? Were the polls accurate? What lessons learned?

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Resources to help you prepare for the Trump years

Summary: Trump's victory surprised the experts. But the potential for radical change, the alienation that caused it, and the resulting rise of populism have all been discussed at the FM website. Here are resources to help you prepare for what lies ahead for America during the next four years. Understanding is the first step. See … Continue reading Resources to help you prepare for the Trump years

Are we screwed no matter who wins, Trump or Clinton?

Summary: A question from a reader prompts this summary of our situation, fodder for thought before we vote on November 8. Perhaps it will spark action some readers on November 9, so that we have better choices in 2020. A question from a long-time reader of the FM website. "Both candidates are deeply flawed and … Continue reading Are we screwed no matter who wins, Trump or Clinton?

Prof Danner looks at “The Magic of Donald Trump”

Summary: Here's a gem amidst the flood of nonsense that is Campaign 2016. Berkeley Professor Mark Danner gives a sensible liberal analysis of the Trump phenomenon, with its strengths and biases. "Like Hercules, Donald Trump is a work of fiction." --- From “An Open Letter to Trump Voters from His Top Strategist-Turned-Defector” by Stephanie Cegielski … Continue reading Prof Danner looks at “The Magic of Donald Trump”

Trump wins because he says some sensible things which journalists can’t conceal

Summary: Political gurus have mocked Trump, run silly pictures of him, and dissected his soundbites without finding the source of his appeal to so many voters. Now they're descending into hysteria, surprised by his predictable primary wins. Instead let's look at what he says. Surprisingly to those that rely on journalists for news, Trump says … Continue reading Trump wins because he says some sensible things which journalists can’t conceal

Populism carries Trump to the nomination. He’s completed 1 of 4 steps to victory.

Summary: With Trump leading in polls for most of the coming primaries, let's review his success in the four keys to winning in November. Equally important is the reaction of Democrats to his success, and what it tells us about the potential for a new broad coalition (like the New Deal) that can defeat the … Continue reading Populism carries Trump to the nomination. He’s completed 1 of 4 steps to victory.

Journalists close their eyes as Campaign 2016 reshapes America

Summary: There are many astonishing aspects of Campaign 2016. The resurgence of populism, with slightly fascist overtones. The unabashed racism. The overthrow of the lavishly financed dynasties candidate of the GOP establishment, and the strong insurgency from the Left against the Democratic Party establishment's lavishly financed dynastic candidate. But journalists disinterest in these issues is … Continue reading Journalists close their eyes as Campaign 2016 reshapes America