What President Trump Means for Thailand

What would Donald Trump mean for Thailand? This, of course, is a spectacularly difficult question to answer. We all know that Donald Trump is nothing if not inconsistent; he is “totally flexible on very, many issues”, as he has said himself and demonstrated on too many occasions to count. This means that it is not …

The Glass Ceiling Still Unshattered

It was a historic night when Hillary Clinton was crowned the nominee of the Democratic party. As Clinton finished her speech, as the balloons fell down, as the music started playing, everyone knew that this was the shattering of the “glass ceiling” that Clinton herself had spoken about in 2008, after losing the nomination to …

The Republicans Cross the Rubicon

Friends, Americans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury the GOP, not to praise them; The voters they need have abandoned them; The policies they want interred with their bones. The day has finally come when Trump accepted the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States. As he spoke- this time, …

Third Options

Scrolling through Twitter recently, I found a very interesting graphic by The Economist. Based on the results of both the Democrat and Republican primaries, the magazine tried to paint a picture of what the makeup of a US parliament would look like. They chose to split the seats up between not two parties- not just the …

The Paradox of Democracy

“Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time”, Winston Churchill said to the British parliament in November 1947, a few years after the Second World War. Back then, it would have been hard to argue with Churchill. To witness the horrors of totalitarian …

Bernie Sanders, Idealist

Bernie Sanders does not look like a man who aspires to be the most powerful leader in the world. In fact, his appearance would suggest the opposite; in his rallies, better described as grandpa rants, Sanders will hunch over his podium, pointing with an accusatory finger as he yells at his audience about the economic ills …

Creative Destruction

It’s probably safe to say this presidential election cycle has probably brought the greatest entertainment to politics than has ever been seen in a very long time. Policy discussions have devolved into a series of childish insults hurled at each other, and the race has truly become less of a true clash of ideas and …

The USA Presidential Election 2016, Explained

A month ago, I wrote a post called ‘An Angry American Election’, where I covered the rise of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Looking back at it, I feel that the post was quite heavy going, and people who aren’t familiar with the subject wouldn’t find it very easy to understand. Because of this, I’ve …