Richard Lachmann

United States

Professor of Sociology Department, University at Albany, USA. Richard Lachmann is examining the decline of dominant powers, through comparing historical cases of decline with the contemporary United States in an effort to determine if this country will follow its predecessors on a path of decline guided by elite self-interest. He is writing about fiscal crises and military expenditures and is also interested in contemporary American culture.

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Who Does and Doesn’t Want the Iran Deal To Be Cancelled
15.11.2017
It is no surprise that Donald Trump is eager to cancel the deal President Obama made with Iran. He is allied most closely with the extreme right of the Republican Party, which opposed the deal from

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Why Catalonia Won’t Become an Independent State
20.10.2017
As long as the EU remains a union of national states, separation will be impossible for Catalonia or any other region with dreams of independence.

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Trump, A ‘Normal’ President in Afghanistan
14.09.2017
Trump is following in the footsteps of Barack Obama who also acceded to the generals’ demands for more troops in as yet unsuccessful attempt to secure victory. Trump’s increase is, for now, smaller

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Dunkirk and the American Perspective of War
18.08.2017
This post-Vietnam image of the American hero is what the movie Dunkirk anachronistically reflects back on British soldiers in 1940. Soldiers are to be honored not for winning a war, a task that today

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North Korea and the Limits of Trump’s and America’s Power
07.07.2017
Not for the first time in the past century, Korea is the most dangerous place on Earth. Kim Jong Un’s nuclear weapons and missile program is making seemingly rapid progress. The July 4 test

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Can Paris, and the Global Climate, Survive Trump?
21.06.2017
The choice between carbon and green technology will be determined politically. As we see in the US the oil and coal industry is wealthy and politically powerful and has the capacity to influence or

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Vive la Différence
15.05.2017
Macron, in essence, is undertaking a huge gamble. Against most past experience, he hopes his efforts to implement neoliberal policies will boost the French economy enough that unemployment will

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The Muslim Ban and Its Opponents
20.04.2017
Any version of soft power is undermined by a president who gives open expression to religious prejudice and by the enshrinement of prejudice in state policy. We can look around the world and see

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A Time for Testing: Social Science Theories
13.03.2017
Trump is the latest and most prominent exponent of a new nationalism. Sometimes it is asserted in civilizational terms, as when he and his closest advisors like Stephen Bannon call for limiting

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November 8, 2016: The Day American Hegemony Died
30.01.2017
America’s capacity to assert leadership has weakened in a number of spheres in recent decades despite the absence of significant enemies. Geopolitically, countries will cease to plan on the basis of

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Obama's Legacy and Trump's Vision
19.01.2017
Obama’s administration was entirely free of scandals, and of course his legacy as the first African American president will stand forever as the embodiment of the progressive, democratic and

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Valdai Paper #59: Anti-Elite Protests and the Future Of Democracy
23.11.2016
The article reveals causes of the social protest and the emergence of qualitatively new components in relationship between the elite and society.

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