A politics of fear

In the 1960s and 70s the prevailing opinion was that a politics love and peace would form a new world order, that in the post-war era, McCarthyism was just a blip. "All you need is love," The Beatles sang. It was believed that the enduring words of Franklin D. Roosevelt, "all we have to fear is fear itself," would pass into irrelevant redundancy. That hasn't quite happened.

Fear has become the trendy political capitol for modern politicians to exploit, but to cash in on this currency there needs to be an enemy.

Trump’s national address highlights his inability to speak the truth

Trump prefers leaning on voters’ fears by inventing facts and revising history using intentionally divisive rhetoric to justify his divisive policy, the most notable of which being his plans for a southern border wall to keep out those lurking to the south of the USA’s border with Mexico. The Washington Post reported that in his first 601 days in office, Trump has lied or made misleading statements 5,000 times. He’s showing no signs of slowing down and used his televised speech to demand his border wall. He did this without justification.

The Good the Bad and the Ugly film review

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a western epic and follows three morally questionable gunslingers searching for $200,000 in buried gold in a cemetery. The information about the location of the gold is divided up between them – one knows where the cemetery is; one knows the name on the gravestone where the gold is buried and the other only knows of the existence of the buried gold. So they must work together – for a time.

2018: a better year for Theresa May?

2018 could hardly be worse for Theresa May than 2017, an agonizing and even at times, humiliating year for the Prime Minister, with an election she only just about managed to avoid losing outright despite a thumping victory looking almost certain only weeks before. But glimmers of hope managed to shine through the sweeping clouds that covered much of the political world last year and could forecast a better year.

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