Donald Trump makes people sick, himself and his entourage included. Given the U.S. president's shameful, almost criminally negligent record on COVID-19, it will be surprising if he is re-elected on November 3. A sizeable expat community aside, most Canadians will not have a say in that race but its outcome will be felt globally.
This issue of the Monitor assesses the strength of the Democratic challenge to Trump-faced Republicanism, while considering the stakes in this election for African Americans, LGBTQI2S+ people, migrants, and young voters, and Canada's place within a transforming, if not waning, U.S. empire.
Here's a sample of what you'll find in this issue:
- An anti-populist election for a populist moment: The Democratic establishment is wrongly treating Trump like the disease and not a symptom of a bipartisan illness, writes Luke Savage.
- Colour-coded Justice: Drawing on Frederick Douglass's famous speech, Anthony Morgan considers the meaning of the third of November to the Negro.
- Breaking through Big Oil's "regime of obstruction": An interview with William K. Carroll about the power, climate denialism and tactics of Canada's fossil fuel elite.
- The Safe Third Country Agreement must end: Laura Macdonald and Jeffrey Ayres propose the Trudeau government should drop its appeal of a Federal Court ruling against the Canada-U.S. refugee pact.
- U.S. Empire, Trumped: Asad Ismi reports on how U.S. foreign policy changed, and stayed the same, under the Trump presidency.
- The 2020 U.S. election as "last stand" for the boomers: Will young voters save American democracy? Arushana Sundersaeson speaks to a few about the prospects.
In the middle of each issue you'll find a detachable, foldable Trinational Workers Toolkit pamphlet supplied by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung New York. Click here to watch a video on how to fold the pamphlet.
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Monitor cover illustration by Remie Geoffroi.