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An anthropologist screens six documentaries about Hillary Clinton

Summary: You have read criticism of both Trump and Clinton here, showing aspects of both that the media have undercovered in their excitement with soundbites and other trivia. For the last round I turn the page over to Maximilian Forte, who has assembled a video festival about Hillary Clinton. Don’t have any illusions about what …

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An anthropologist reminds us why Trump rose & how populism will survive his crash

Summary: Now that Trump has self-destructed and the inevitable landslide (which I predicted in August) looms, the Left believes it can forget the forces that brought Trump close to victory. FAILure to learn is our national affliction. Anthropologist Maximilian Forte reminds us why Trump arose from nothing and why populism might survive Trump’s crash. “Terminal …

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Haunted by Gaddafi on the fifth anniversary of his overthrow

Summary: On the fifth anniversary of his overthrow, anthropologist Maximilian Forte is haunted by thoughts about Libyan ruler Mummar Gaddafi. It’s a sad chapter in the history of US foreign policy, rich with lessons for us — and one of Hillary Clinton’s two major initiatives (other other is the massive screw-up of her 1993 health …

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An anthropologist looks at the narrow choices we’re offered in Campaign 2016

Summary: From the sturm and drang about Campaign 2016 we might believe it offered us a wide choice of candidates and policies. Much of Trump’s platform is standard right-wing doctrine (e.g., bomb the Middle East, tax cuts for the rich). Clinton offers standard doctrines of the center-left Goldman-neocon-neoliberal alliance. Here anthropologist Maximilian Forte looks at …

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Before Trump, top economist Joseph Stiglitz warned about globalization

Summary: Lost amidst his bombast and folly, Trump has challenged key bipartisan policies of US elites. That is why they hate and fear him. That’s why attacks on him seldom mention issues, focusing instead on his character and language. Better to spin fantasy (he’s a Hitler) then remind the public that Trump dislikes globalization and …

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