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?


Opinion – Trump’s Bluster on the Opioid Epedemic – Editorial – NYT

Here’s a good editorial from the NYT. Simply, Trump is way behind the curve of America’s opioid epidemic. Of course, conservatives and liberals have vastly different views on the most appropriate intervention strategy. Liberals argue that the state should provide effective treatment more readily. Whereas, conservatives focus on the law and order aspects and expect the addict’s family to step in to help. The big rub is that the quality of treatment often depends on family income/wealth. Thoughts?