Category Archives: statesmanship

Trump, supremacism and political extremism

“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.”– Abraham Lincoln Donald Trump has made America … Continue reading

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Of course, the Queen wants Brexit.

If we read Aristotle, his effort to insist that the function of political science is to describe accurately the regime we are talking about or living in, it becomes clear that the most dangerous thing we can do sometimes is … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Michael Anton and Leo Strauss’ Machiavelli

In a recent interview, Mr Anton said that he knew “Nick”, his short hand for Niccolo Machiavelli, for over 30 years. He qualified his support by saying he followed the Leo Strauss’ Machiavelli.[1] For his interviewer, this made sense. Leo … Continue reading

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Trump’s Syrian missile strike was a strategic blunder with Xi

Dedicated to the memory of Dean Rusk; a Southern gentleman, an American patriot, and a public servant who understood what is at stake with China. In statecraft, there are three types of blunders or sins. Two are punished and one … Continue reading

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To salvage his presidency Trump must defeat himself to escape the wilderness of mirrors

Rick Wilson has written something that every member of the Trump White House, including Trump, needs to read.[1] They need to read this if they want to salvage Trump’s presidency. Unlike Mr Wilson, I believe that the Trump presidency can … Continue reading

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Trump, Murdoch and digital tabloids: from media bodyguards to Praetorian Guards

For I know that some human beings are like horses—the more they get what they want, the more unruly they are apt to become. [3] The way to manage men like that is to put the fear of the bodyguard … Continue reading

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An ancient fable to explain the 2016 election

“A horse was in sole occupation of a meadow. A stag having come and done much damage to the pasture, the horse, wishing to avenge himself on the stag, asked a man whether he could help him to punish the … Continue reading

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Obama, Christie and Trump: a study in statesmanship (revised)**

(This is a revised version of the post. For the reasons see the bottom of the post) In ancient Greece, the statesman was often contrasted with the tyrant. A statesman ruled for the common good; the tyrant ruled for a … Continue reading

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Five Presidents: A picture tells a story

                  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) In the photographs (the one above and the one below) the various presidents provide signals of their status. Although no analysis is definitive since the context and … Continue reading

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Theresa May, Brexit and the lost imperial past of a Global Britain

Theresa May has flattered her party and she wants to seduce the public. Despite the harsh economic reality, she has offered a dream that re-imagines the UK’s imperial past as a bright future. Her post Brexit path is towards a … Continue reading

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