Davos or not, Donald Trump will feature in Great Man Theory of History

by Rashmee

Posted on January 26, 2018


On the day Donald Trump addresses Davos, it’s worth asking if he belongs to the ‘Great Man’ theory of history. Some little time ago, Princeton historian David Bell suggested we are unwise to focus solely on the social factors that brought Mr  Trump to power. Instead, he said, we should turn our gaze on the man … Continue reading “Davos or not, Donald Trump will feature in Great Man Theory of History”

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In 100 days Trump shows he’s same scam artist he described in Art of the Deal

by Rashmee

Posted on April 28, 2017


Today, on the 100th day of his presidency, consider Donald Trump’s accomplishments: : 30 or so executive orders (it was 25 at the start of the week) : 24 memorandums : 20 proclamations Now remember to give thanks. Though some of Mr Trump’s actions will have (and are already having) a deleterious effect on the … Continue reading “In 100 days Trump shows he’s same scam artist he described in Art of the Deal”

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America favours strategic coercion over Pyongyang

by Rashmee

Posted on April 20, 2017 / The National


Is Donald Trump trying to “out-North Korea the North Koreans” at this moment of high tension with Pyongyang? The question is worth asking after veteran US ambassador Christopher Hill, who served in South Korea, came up with the explanation for the Trump administration’s strategy. All the signs point that way. The administration appears to be … Continue reading “America favours strategic coercion over Pyongyang”

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2017 in a nutshell: You start with a joke then Trump’s White House seriously sends it out

by Rashmee

Posted on March 20, 2017


Have you heard of Alexandra Petri? She writes for The Washington Post but the White House now trusts her almost as much as Breitbart news. How did this happen you might ask. It’s because no one at the White House appears to read beyond the headline, much like those Twitter-users who re-tweet pieces within a … Continue reading “2017 in a nutshell: You start with a joke then Trump’s White House seriously sends it out”

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Historians see Trump in terms of Great Man Theory. Hacks as part of Big Personality Rule

by Rashmee

Posted on February 11, 2017


Princeton historian David Bell calls it the Great Man Theory, as well he might. Journalist Steve LeVine writes in Quartz about the Big Personality Rule, which he foresees will dominate this year. The Big Personality Rule, he explains, is “the impact of individuals whose idiosyncrasies can move and dominate events.” Mr LeVine predicts that a … Continue reading “Historians see Trump in terms of Great Man Theory. Hacks as part of Big Personality Rule”

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Trump-ism & philosophy. Lessons from the 10th cent & its insistence on thinking for oneself

by Rashmee

Posted on January 22, 2017


This blog is NOT about President Donald Trump and philosophy (even though his aides had assured us ahead of his inaugural address that it would be a “philosophical” meditation!) Here, we’re going to explore what, if anything, philosophy can teach us about Mr Trump’s election victory and his January 20 inauguration as Americas’ 45th president. … Continue reading “Trump-ism & philosophy. Lessons from the 10th cent & its insistence on thinking for oneself”

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Does it matter that no poet graced the inauguration of President Donald Trump?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 21, 2017


Did it matter that no poet graced the inauguration of President Trump? Nah, the scoffers will say, suspecting a plot to undermine America’s 45th President. Nah, some of the hairier bikers will argue with irrefutable logic, what’s poetry worth in dollars and cents? You can’t eat poetry, cash it in, or get it to pay … Continue reading “Does it matter that no poet graced the inauguration of President Donald Trump?”

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Things fall apart when the centre cannot hold as Trump takes office

by Rashmee

Posted on January 19, 2017 / The National


 On Friday, Donald Trump takes charge of an America in which various arms of the government are indiscriminately raining blows upon the body politic. The FBI is being investigated by the Justice Department’s internal watchdog to check for bias, if any, against Hillary Clinton. Congressmen allied with the president-elect are threatening to investigate the head … Continue reading “Things fall apart when the centre cannot hold as Trump takes office”

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Trump is Jacksonian, ie isolationist. What’s his excuse for fearing the world?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 13, 2016


Fareed Zakaria has it absolutely right. Donald Trump’s foreign policy address last week may have avoided vulgarity, refrained from bigotry and been read from a teleprompter, but was “an embarrassment, a meandering collection of slogans that were mostly pablum.” Jacksonian pablum. Or the sort of isolationist victimhood spouted by Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States … Continue reading “Trump is Jacksonian, ie isolationist. What’s his excuse for fearing the world?”

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Obama’s win revealed America’s racism. Will Hillary’s run show its sexism?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 11, 2016


Could Hillary’s run for president change the US in the same that happened with Barack Obama? I mean latent sexism coming to the fore just as Mr Obama’s 2008 election victory exposed America’s latent racism. Everyone read the results of that 2008 election wrong. Everyone thought America was in a post-racial phase, a glorious time … Continue reading “Obama’s win revealed America’s racism. Will Hillary’s run show its sexism?”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK