New books tell dark truths about our political system. Their insights can help us do better in 2020 – if we act soon.
Summary: All the western nations are experiencing similar stress from slow growth, cultural change, immigration -- and political structures that no longer well fit their societies. We can learn much from how others cope. Now its France's turn. The results from Sunday's elections seem unlikely to improve or resolve their problems. "Has France's Fifth Republic … Continue reading Stratfor looks at signs the end times have begun for France’s Fifth Republic
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?
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
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?