Jon Kofas

Scenarios of Russian war outcome

When the US became involved in both world wars in the 20th century, all sides knew the outcome would be in favor of US allies. However, they had no idea…

Downward Social Mobility and Authoritarianism

Authoritarianism’s Popular Base Inexorably linked to self-identity molded by the social environment, political identity, shaped by social class and the hegemonic culture, largely determines the individual’s participation in the political…

Cherry – Picking Human Rights Policy

US Condemns China’s Uighur Policy, while Providing Billions in Foreign Aid to Israel Condemned for Apartheid Policies The US has a long-standing double standard when it comes to condemning nations…

Twilight of American Democracy

Introduction: Framing the Debate The 1920s were the formative years for Fascism in Italy and Nazism in Germany, largely a reaction to a combination of factors from the devastation of…

Pandemics, Neoliberalism And Inequality

Introduction: Socopolitical Polarization and Capital Concentration amid Pandemics Shortly after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic erupted on 11 March 2020, there were optimistic scenarios that there would…

 May Day in a Neoliberal Society

A Forbes article entitled, “On May Day, Communism Is A Much-Closeted Joke” proclaimed the triumph of neoliberalism and the end of celebrating workers as follows: “Once its biggest self-celebration, May…

Trump, Syria And Russia

  1.   Trump Syrian Foreign Policy and its Consequences The off-the-cuff remarks that Trump usually makes are based partly on his own instincts, partly on intelligence briefings, and partly on…

America’s Caligula Culture

The election of Donald Trump prompted a number of people, including historians to make comparisons of Trump’s cult of personality with various historical figures from Benito Mussolini to Roman Emperor…

The “New Normal” In Cyclical Recessions

There is a ‘new normal’ in cyclical recessions, namely, that the recovery cycle is itself recessionary for the vast majority of the population, not just in periphery countries that invariably…

Neoliberal Totalitarianism And The Social Contract

 Neoliberal Totalitarianism and the Social Contract Abstract Analyzing aspects of the rightwing populist tide arising largely in reaction to the pluralistic-diversity model of neoliberalism, this essay examines the evolving social…

North Korea, The US And The Status Quo

In the age of “fake news” and President Donald Trump claiming that Sweden was riddled with terror attacks which of course never took place, and of perpetual corporate and state-media…

Russia:Enemy Of Western Democracy?

There is a great deal of continuity in Russian history from the reign of Peter the Great until the present. There was clear discontinuity during the Bolshevik Revolution and the…

Obama And Clinton Co-Founders Of ISIS?

On 10 August 2016, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump accused president Barak Hussein Obama and Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton of co-founding the jihadist rebel organization ISIS (Islamic State) operating…

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