C Shannon

Great Expectations

The words “there is no greater burden than great potential” have been in the Anglo-Geist for some time thanks to German-American Cartoonist, Charles Schulz. I would like to adapt them for my own purposes: there is no greater burden than great expectations. Politicians often build up their personal myth by promising revolutions. “All that you… » read more

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Trump: A Comparison

I’m sure we are all tired about hearing about Donald Trump, but as a case in 21st century populism, it is fascinating. Before we get my main point, allow me to remind the reader of the significance of all these maple leaves. As a Canadian, my perspective is mostly unique. Specifically, we occupy a political… » read more

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David Cameron is threatened by the forces of populism, domestically if not internationally. This makes Cameron’s position excessively interesting. He himself is perhaps the last person one might describe as a “man of the people” and yet he surrounds himself with populists at the very time the populists have come baying for the blood of… » read more

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Populism’s Boogeymen

Populist Nationalism is the boogeyman of Europe’s brand on cosmopolitanism. With good reason: it should be no revelation that ideologically, the technocratic blend of globalism practiced by the “international elite” stands directly opposed to, as Koert Debeuf wrote in the EU Observer, tribalism. What cannot be forgotten in the daily condemnation in the media of… » read more

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Hindsight

The world can change dramatically in a week. Sometimes one writes something, only to have it vindicated within months or weeks. Sometimes you write an article about taking a calculated risk in de-prioritising ISIS to publish on the morning of the attack on Paris. Fate is, indeed, a fickle mistress. In the past two weeks,… » read more

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I do not want to write this article, or I should say that I do not want to have to write this article. I wish there wasn’t occasion to write again on another terrorist attack in France. I want to take this opportunity to think out-loud and reflect on this horrible event and my thoughts… » read more

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Realpolitik

Despite ongoing domestic challenges, NATO (the members and the organisation itself) have to make some very heavy political considerations concerning Russia, lest they lose a chance to steal momentum in the propaganda war between Russia and the West. With Russia’s intervention in Syria kicking into high gear, NATO has the opportunity to put muscle behind… » read more

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It can be argued that the European Union is a triumph of liberalism. To say this is somewhat odd in the current political climate in Europe. To many Europeans, when one talks about “liberal” policies, one talks about hard-nosed classical liberalism or neo-liberal globalisation schemes. This isn’t completely unfair. The EU has a lot of… » read more

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