Robert Freeman

Robert Freeman

Robert Freeman is the author of "The Best One Hour History" series which includes "World War I" (2013), "The InterWar Years" (2014), "The Vietnam War" (2013), and other titles. He is the founder of The Global Uplift Project which builds small-scale infrastructure projects in the developing world to improve humanity’s capacity for self-development.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) speaks during a news conference with other House Republican leadership in Washington on Tuesday, November 17, 2020. (Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, January 06, 2021
The Republican Party and Victimhood as Ideology
The Republican party has become the party of victims. It is led by the biggest “victim” of all, Donald Trump. Victimhood is an effective political ideology because it allows its holders to shunt off blame for their own culpability in having devastated the country, whether through presidential...
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People line up for groceries and gift cards given out by Neighbors in Need in the parking lot of the 7th Day Adventist Church in Lawrence, MA on Nov. 23, 2020. Food insecurity has grown in low-income communities during the coronavirus pandemic, and many food pantries and banks have had to serve more families. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) Views
Monday, December 14, 2020
It’s Time We Called It What It Is: Fascism
When the economy in a democratic but capitalist country fails, there are two alternatives. You can modify the economic system. Or, you can modify the political system. When you modify the economic system (capitalism) but retain the political system (democracy), you have the arrangement the U.S. has...
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The second element of the controlled demolition of the economy was that the U.S. embarked on a plan to shift massive shares of U.S. income and wealth from the working and middle classes to the already wealthy. This is what was called “supply side economics.” It was Ronald Reagan’s signature economic policy when he ran for president in 1980. (Photo: Marion Ross/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, November 30, 2020
The Economy Isn’t Working. That’s Exactly the Plan.
The reason everybody is so angst-ridden about the economy is because we all have the wrong idea about what it is supposed to do and how it’s supposed to work. Most of us have a quaint, 19 th century idea about free markets and all that up-by-the-bootstraps Horatio Alger stuff. You know, work hard,...
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 Trump must be denounced and defrocked through the fair, transparent means that are given us to deal with such crimes, means that lie at the very heart of our collective existence. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
When They Had to Kill the King. Learnings for the Post-Trump Age.
The problem of what to do with Donald Trump once he’s left office is already a matter of heated debate. Do nothing, or prosecute him? Let him go, or hang him up? The stakes are extraordinarily high and we need to get it right. Fortunately, we have an excellent historical case that can give us...
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Sunrise Movement campaigners call on Democratic House members to back a Green New Deal Views
Sunday, November 15, 2020
How the Green New Deal Can Save Joe Biden and America
Joe Biden’s win did not translate into Democratic party wins. The party lost seats in the House, failed to take back the Senate, did not turn a single governorship, and lost massively in down-ballot races across the country. That leaves a majority of statehouses in Republican hands for the all-...
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Sunday, November 08, 2020
Now Comes the Hard Part
There will be two more months to celebrate the Biden/Harris election. But we should have no illusions: the hard part begins now. Disease is the most obvious problem we need to fix. What was once a pandemic is on the verge of becoming a hyper-demic. More than 100,000 new cases are being reported...
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The absence of a mandate, a hostile Senate, fiscal constraints, a hostile court system, resurgent Trumpism, a right-wing media machine intent on destruction, and a Democratic party far more protective of corporate interests than of people’s interests—it will be all but impossible for a Biden administration to succeed. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, November 05, 2020
It’s Far From Over
It looks like Biden has won, and that is a blessing. But the aftermath is not only not appealing. It is downright fearsome. COVID is still rampant in the land and appears to be accelerating. Trump has two-and-a-half months to let it run unchecked, and has a health policy advisor in Scott Atlas who...
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Sunday, October 25, 2020
How Did We Get Here? And How Do We Get Out?
How did we get here? We have the most objectively failed, personally repellent president in the history of the country, one who has publicly asked our greatest adversaries—Russia and China—to help him win, running a campaign that is a fetid cesspool of lies, venom, self-pitying, and conspiracy...
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The president encourages white supremacist groups and rationalizes right-wing terrorism when it is carried out against peaceful, legitimate protests of police brutality. (Photo: Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Views
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Judge Trump’s Worthiness by Either Past or Future
The great Danish philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, once wrote, “All imagined futures are but projections of lived pasts.” It is the lenses of our experience that color the possibilities of our visions. We can evaluate a second Trump presidency either by looking backward or imagining forward, or both...
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In the past two weeks, we have witnessed the Wizard of Oz moment of the 2020 presidential election. (Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Views
Monday, October 12, 2020
Trump, Plato, and the Wizard of Oz
One of the most memorable scenes in movie history is from The Wizard of Oz. The wearied travelers have finally made it to the Emerald City. They find themselves in the Inner Sanctum before Oz himself. There, a gaseous phantasm is erupting before them, thundering, “I am Oz, the Great and Powerful!”...
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