Year: 2020

Editorial: The Grand Old Party’s Last Gasp
US Politics

Editorial: The Grand Old Party’s Last Gasp

They know the President is toast. But can the GOP even survive defeat when they bet it all on Trump? THE moment Republicans threw open arms around their presidential nominee in 2016, in an act of political desperation, the Grand Old Party (GOP) began its metamorphosis into the Cult of Trump. Moderate Republicans distanced themselves from their own party in disgust as Trump's misinformation, incompetence and shameless bombast became the norm. Those that remained either capitulated like invertebrates in pathetic fealty to their new leader, like Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz, or came to receive the relentless ire of Trump's bullying rhetoric, like John McCain or Jeff Flake. The metamorphosis was complete: Trump, just like a gangland mob boss, owned the Republican Party, from the party machinery...
<strong></strong>Josef’s Jukebox — ‘New York Dolls’ by The New York Dolls

Josef’s Jukebox — ‘New York Dolls’ by The New York Dolls

“I don’t really like to sit around the house listening to my own records. They’re not that good”. One reads David Johansen’s speech and thinks ‘what a curious proclamation’. Was he simply espousing the truth about a band whose discography received wholesale rejection by the corporate establishment? Or yet more wily sass from Staten Island’s greatest musical antagonist? I would plump for the latter. For the Dolls’ debut is unique in the canon of contemporary pop and, like Johansen’s statement, filled with contrarianism. Glamorous yet filthy; feminine yet masculine; a type of proto-punk wholly relatable yet so foreign to the modern ear. A sonic niche that only one record continues to fill. In ’71, Johansen (joined by guitarists Johnny Thunders & Sylvain Sylvain, bassist Arthur ‘Killer’ ...
<strong></strong>Covid-19: a window of opportunity for better global governance
World Politics

Covid-19: a window of opportunity for better global governance

It's been three months since Europe became the epicentre of the global Covid-19 pandemic, and six months since it was first discovered in China in December 2019. Yet, in that short period the virus has both revealed and inflamed the deep structural issues that exist throughout the globe — both in the domestic and international spheres. More importantly, the virus has accelerated a tumultuous shift in the international system — one that has been anticipated by those who have followed international politics for some time. This shift refers to the changing role of the US in international affairs. Since the end of the Cold War the US has been able to claim global hegemony — being the cornerstone of the liberal world order that governs the interstate system. Its unipolar moment has spanned t...