White tribalism was not made by Trump. It already existed in America as it does in Britain

by Lester Holloway ‘This was a whitelash.’ Political commentator Van Jones pulled no punches on election night as he sought to nail the reasons for Trump’s victory. ‘This was a whitelash against a changing country. It was a whitelash against a black president.’ The phrase was picked up by the chatterati, including Polly Toynbee in… Read More

Whatever the outcome of the US Election, Trumpism is here to stay

by Abdullah Shihipar In a few days Americans will head to the polls to decide who their next commander in chief will be.  Millions have already cast their ballots early in what seems like the longest presidential election in recent history. Debates have been held, punches have been thrown, epithets have been hurled and lives have… Read More

US Presidential Election: Politics Beyond Parties

by Sudip Bhattacharya   Poulami Banerji is my younger cousin and an all-around badass. Although only in her early twenties, she works for an USAID contractor, is an avowed intersectional feminist and volunteers for an organisation that provides free tutoring services to students in DC public schools performing below grade level. But when asked about her… Read More

Men’s Silent Consent Of Rape Culture

CONTENT NOTE: This piece will discuss rape and sexual assault (Here is a list of support services for survivors – via Alison Phipps). by Shane Thomas For those who don’t know, here’s what you need to know: Footballer Ched Evans was found not guilty of rape in a trial that ended last Friday. We’ve written about… Read More

Jeremy Corbyn and the problem with leaders

by Maurice Mcleod  Leaders make me nervous. If you believe you are the person who knows the way forward, who should lead your peers and speak for the masses you should probably not be allowed anywhere near power. This nervousness is why I ultimately want direct democracy with people regaining real power over their lives.… Read More

The Left, the Right, and American Exceptionalism

by Sudip Bhattacharya I was in high-school when I stopped standing for the pledge of allegiance. As the occupation in Iraq reached its peak and the War on Terror rampaged on, the further and further away I felt from the stars and stripes hanging from the wall. During our current presidential campaign, that same sense… Read More

Tory blue-on-blue battle is just a sideshow

by Maurice Mcleod  Last week, Parliament was closed for the Whitsun recess, so this column had a break – but the white men were dancing away even more frenetically than ever. The EU ‘neverendum’ continues to dominate the political news coverage, and therefore the minds of many politicians. What should be a national debate on… Read More

TTIP springs a leak and heads for the rocks

by Maurice Mcleod  The snappily-named Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has been in the offing for three years but despite there being a wealth of information about the deal, most people have little idea what it is or what it could mean for them personally. Its deliberately dull name and the even duller way it… Read More

A Former Republican Party Insider Tells All: ‘After all… they’re still black first.’

Lisa Fritsch ran in the Republican primary for Governor of Texas in 2014. She finished second against Greg Abbott as a first time political candidate. by Lisa Fritsch I was a state-level Donald Trump. In 2014, when I ran a primary campaign for Governor of Texas, I was an outsider, party loyalist, and a first-time political… Read More

America may be ‘Trumped’, but Britain has its demons too

by Maya Goodfellow Republican candidate Donald Trump was a figure of ridicule until he spouted yet another racist view earlier this week. We need a “complete and total shutdown of Muslims entering the United States”, he declared in the wake of an attack in California, where a Muslim couple – claiming to support ISIS –… Read More