07.05.21. Independence Day

Independence Day

This week, we examine the foundations of the American celebration of Independence Day, its relationship to 21st-century American politics, and the influence of the coronavirus pandemic. 

As we lead off this week, items up for discussion include China’s communist party celebrating a century in power, and what this means for the future of geopolitics, as well as the surprising release of comedian and accused sexual offender Bill Cosby from prison. In similar news, actress Allison Mack has been sentenced to three years in prison for her involvement with the NXIVM cult, and we analyze the NYT’s strange phraseology with its reporting of the story. We also look at the current developments regarding criminal charges brought against former President Trump’s business empire.

Then turning our attention toward the recent Fourth of July holiday, we reflect on the U.S. and its position on the current global stage, as well as how this relates to foreign policy, the influence of the coronavirus pandemic, and a host of other issues. Finally, we also note the passing of two-time former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and his troublesome dealing with, as he termed it, “knowns and unknowns.”

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