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Updated: 2017-01-29T11:16:40-05:00


The First 10 Days: Who Pulls Strings in the Trump White House?


By Brigitte L. Nacos The first ten days of the Trump presidency gave enough reasons for alarm. Not merely because of President DJT’s continued bias in favor of alternative facts. Clueless in matters of democratic governance and the truism that...

George Orwell’s 1984 and the Trump White House: Newspeak and Doublethink


By Brigitte L. Nacos In George Orwell’s 1984 the all-present slogans of Oceana’s Ministry of Truth are WAR IS PEACE FREEDOM IS SLAVERY IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH. In secret, the novel’s protagonist in Big Brother’s hellish dictatorship dissents such Newspeak and...

Trump’s Populist Inauguration Address: Road Map to Illiberal Democracy?


By Brigitte L. Nacos Donald Trump’s inauguration address was through and through an extreme populist declaration that attacked the corrupt political elite (sitting right in front of the just sworn in 45th U.S. president) and glorified "the people." His harsh...

Crooked Hillary or Crooked Donald?


By Brigitte L. Nacos Imagine for a moment that Hillary Clinton had agreed to an interview on Russia’s state-owned RT television during last year’s presidential campaign and praised Vladimir Putin frequently as exemplary leader. Imagine furthermore that as president-elect she...

Trump Won: What Now?


By Brigitte L. Nacos Unlike some of my colleagues at Columbia University and other places of higher education I did not cancel my seminar on media in American politics yesterday, the day after Election Day. Instead, although tired from a...