Mark Phillips
Writer, journalist & communicator based in Melbourne, Australia. Author of Radio City: the First 30 Years of 3RRR-FM.

It was inevitable that Trump’s presidency would end this way: in scandal and ignominy, fear, loathing and shame

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Donald Trump hugs the US flag as he arrives to speak at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on 2 March 2, 2019. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

From day one way back on 20 January in 2017 — when he ordered his press secretary to lie to the media about the size of the pitiful crowd at his inauguration — it was written in the stars that Donald Trump’s presidency would finish in scandal and ignominy, fear, loathing and shame.

A president who spent his last fortnight hiding in the White House out of sight, if not out of mind; a pariah to his own party, shunned by all but his closest family…


Trump lit the fuse, but scenes from the Capitol on Wednesday are the culmination of an unraveling of US democracy over 40 years

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A Trump supporter during the invasion of the Capitol building on 6 January. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

“Count me out. Enough is enough,” Lindsey Graham said on the Senate floor on Wednesday.

Graham was speaking once order had been installed in the Capitol building, hours after a wild mob in red MAGA baseball caps and waving Confederate flags had broken into the home of American democracy, rampaging through its corridors and chambers with impunity, looting and pillaging at will, and terrorising those within, including elected representatives. …


The signs were there from the very start that 2020 was going to be a year we wouldn’t forget

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I’ve never been much for celebrating new year’s or for the concept that flicking the calendar over to a new page will magically eradicate all the problems of the past 12 months. After all, on the Chinese calendar, the Year of the Rat (how appropriate) does not finish for a few more weeks. These are just arbitrary dates, heavy with the symbolism of a fresh start, but to nature it means nothing. Life goes on, good and bad.

But as a student of history, I am drawn to the idea that years can take…


As we grapple with what has gone so wrong in contemporary America, revisiting Springsteen’s back catalogue helps to begin to explain it all

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Eric Meola’s iconic cover shot from Born To Run featuring Springsteen with Clarence Clemons.

But his seventh album, Born In The USA, released in 1984, had been his global smash breakthrough, and the Brian De Palma-directed video for ‘Dancing in The Dark’ was a regular on Countdown, alongside Prince’s ‘When Doves Cry’, various Madonna hits and Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’. …


Trump’s refusal to leave office peacefully is an imminent threat to democracy

The thug who tried so hard to intimidate others spent his last moments in utter fear, in total panic and dread, terrified of the American forces bearing down on him . . . He was a sick and depraved man, and now he’s gone . . . he died like a dog, he died like a coward. He was whimpering, screaming, and crying . . . He didn’t die a hero.*

Remember the scenes of jubilation as Iraqis young and…


Celebrate this brief moment in the sun, because storm clouds are already gathering after Joe Biden’s victory

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Supporters of Biden-Harris pose for selfies near the security fence on the north side of the White House on Sunday, a day after Joe Biden claimed victory in the 2020 election. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The unrestrained joy seen on streets across the US has been echoed around the world because Trump was the ugly American personified. This bloated orange buffoon with his fake hair and fake tan was even more unpopular outside of his own country than he was within it.

But the 2020 election has…


The US is sliding into oblivion as a failed state, and the election of Joe Biden won’t save it

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A pro-Trump demonstrator with the slogan ‘We The People’ tattooed on his arm carries a semi-automatic at a protest in Detroit on 6 November. A Michigan judge rejected the Trump campaign’s request to halt the count of mail-in ballots, ruling the claims were pointless because the tally was almost over in a state where Biden has already been declared the winner. Photo: Emily Elconin/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States, but it will be a hollow victory because the tight result is just as much a win for Trump’s brand of fascism. It leaves the US more divided, more polarised and more violent than it was four years ago.

Hunter S. Thompson got it right all those years ago when he wrote shortly…


Only one thing is certain after all the votes are counted: the US will be even more polarised and divided following the 2020 election

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Tyrone Carter a former NFL player from Minnesota Vikings leads a group of kids who support presidential candidate Joe Biden take a knee and block the road near a polling place in Minneapolis, Minnesota on election day, 3 November. Photo by Kerem Yucel / AFP via Getty Images

What better way to prepare for the most important election in our lifetime than to revisit that doomed attempt by a ragtag bunch of hippies to take on the Aspen establishment.

The Battle of Aspen was in some ways a proxy for the much larger battle for the soul of America being fought across the nation at the end of the 1960s and beginning of the 1970s.

With…


In this news report relayed from the future, the current incumbent of the White House comments on the death of former President Donald J. Trump

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Asked for her views on the death of Donald Trump (pictured), President Ocasio-Cortez said “may he rot in Hell”.

23 August, 2033 — Washington D.C: US President Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has described the overnight death of former President Donald J. Trump as the final end to “the darkest chapter in our nation’s history”.

In brief remarks after opening a windfarm on the outskirts of Los Angeles which will supply enough electricity for the entire southern part of California and create several thousand permanent jobs, the 43-year-old President said Trump’s four years in the White House had been “a stain upon our democracy”.

Trump, 87, died in Moscow, where he has lived since being forced into exile following his failed attempt…


Democracy itself is at stake in the US Presidential election

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The stakes are incredibly high. If Donald Trump wins, not only will it usher in the final decline of the American empire, but it will send a signal to other right wing strongmen that fascism is back in fashion.

But if he loses, it will provide a glimmer of hope that values…

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