Madeline Albright, former Secretary of State, famously described the United States as "the indispensable nation" in world affairs. (The phrase was actually coined by Sidney Blumenthal and James Chace.) Since then, the concept has been abused by many people, none more so than... Donald Trump, who seems bent on making the United States irrelevant to the world. That, of course, is perfectly aligned with Vladimir Putin's goal.
A well reasoned argument is like a diamond: impervious to corruption and crystal clear - and infinitely rarer.
Here, as elsewhere, people are outraged at what feels like a rigged game -- an economy that won't respond, a democracy that won't listen, and a financial sector that holds all the cards. - Robert Reich