Opinion – Time to get a ruddy grip on Britain’s drug gang problem – ASI

Neoliberal think tank, ASI, argues that legalising and regulating drugs would seriously reduce violent crime. I’m not convinced. Look at the examples of where soft drugs have been semi-legalized, surely criminal gangs are still able to undercut the market with dangerous and highly addictive drugs? Thoughts?

Opinion – Will We Stop Trump Before It’s Too Late? Madelaine Albright – Op Ed – NYT


This is a recommended op-ed, written by Madeleine Albright, published in the NYT. She was Secretary of State under Bill Clinton from 1997 to 2001. She takes a hard look at the growing popularity of Fascism and for her Trump is part of the problem rather than the solution. Sadly, she’s light on suggestions. Part of the challenge is the increasing polarization of power, with the alternative to the Far Right being the Far Left – for example, consider Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party in the UK. Political leaders representing the polarities turn to populism knowing that they can subordinate evidence and for them the end justifies the means. With Trump increasingly acting like a dictator, surely it will take a major crisis to effectively curtail Trump’s power? Thoughts?