Donald Trump, Empire, and Globalization: A Reassessment

“Hey, I’m a nationalist and a globalist,” Donald Trump recently declared, “I’m both”. The only way in which the two (seemingly contradictory) positions can be reconciled is by introducing a third term, one that is absent from Trump’s vocabulary: imperialism. Trump might not be conscious of the implication of his statement (nor would he be… Read More Donald Trump, Empire, and Globalization: A Reassessment

Encircling Empire: Report #27 — Donald Trump’s “America First” Foreign Policy

This and previous issues have been archived on a dedicated site—please see: ENCIRCLING EMPIRE. For frequent updates, please “like” our Facebook page and/or follow on Twitter. There are four parts to this report: Notes on Donald Trump’s first major foreign policy speech; An overview of Trump’s positions on NATO; An annotated list of articles on… Read More Encircling Empire: Report #27 — Donald Trump’s “America First” Foreign Policy

Kagan’s False Paradox and the Pro-War Media’s Confirmation Bias

“What Americans really want in a foreign policy” is a good choice of title, when writing an op-ed that effectively denies that the majority of the US public is against more wars and more interventions. If your starting point is an absolute and essentialist one, then you cannot allow deviation from war as the primary… Read More Kagan’s False Paradox and the Pro-War Media’s Confirmation Bias