Recently, there have been a number of articles and statements asserting that fascism is rising in Europe, and that Donald Trump is an American example of fascism. This is a misrepresentation of a very real phenomenon. The nation-state is reasserting itself as the primary vehicle of political life. Multinational institutions like the European Union and multilateral trade treaties are being challenged because they are seen by some as not being in the national interest. The charge of a rise in fascism derives from a profound misunderstanding of what fascism is. It is also an attempt to discredit the resurgence of nationalism and to defend the multinational systems that have dominated the West since World War II.
An appeals court gave New York City the go-ahead to fine restaurants which do not use a salt warning icon on menu items with a high content of salt. The city will start enforcement June 6. The rule took effect in December and requires a salt-shaker icon be added next to menu items that contain more sodium than doctors recommend ingesting in an entire day. The National Restaurant Association took the city to court to fight the requirement, which could stick violators with fines up to $600. "I am pleased with the Appellate Division's decision allowing enforcement of a common sense regulation that will help New Yorkers make better decisions and lead healthier lives," said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
New York Times: Last month, during a routine review of New Jersey's finances, one could sense the alarm. The state's wealthiest resident had reportedly "shifted his personal and business domicile to another state," Frank W. Haines III, New Jersey's legislative budget and finance officer, told a State Senate committee. If the news were true, New Jersey would lose so much in tax revenue that "we may be facing an unusual degree of income tax forecast risk," Haines said. The New Jersey resident (unnamed by Haines) is the hedge-fund billionaire David Tepper. In December, Tepper declared himself a resident of Florida after living for over 20 years in New Jersey. He later moved the official headquarters of his hedge fund, Appaloosa Management, to Miami.
There is a smug style in American liberalism. It has been growing these past decades. It is a way of conducting politics, predicated on the belief that American life is not divided by moral difference or policy divergence -- not really -- but by the failure of half the country to know what's good for them.
In 2016, the smug style has found expression in media and in policy, in the attitudes of liberals both visible and private, providing a foundational set of assumptions above which a great number of liberals comport their understanding of the world.
It has led an American ideology hitherto responsible for a great share of the good accomplished over the past century of our political life to a posture of reaction and disrespect: a condescending, defensive sneer toward any person or movement outside of its consensus, dressed up as a monopoly on reason. read more
President Barack Obama is trying but failing to reassure foreign leaders convinced that Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. They're in full-boil panic.Now, world leaders cop to being afraid of a Trump presidency, and they're making preparations: scrambling to get deals done with the Obama administration while they still have the chance.
Leaders, members of their governments, even their aides are so spooked that they don't want to say anything, and many privately admit that it's because they think he'll win, and a quote now could mean a vengeful President Trump going after them personally next year.