The cracks in the dike of Donald Trump against the world were more apparent last week, as one Republican senator from Arizona joined another from Tennessee in protesting that the disarray had gone far enough, and Barack Obama added his voice to the dissent—not to mention the first news from Robert Mueller’s investigation. But the staunch stand of the others who constitute a majority in the executive branch, the Congress and the courts, served notice that it would take more than public disapproval to restore the nation’s center. It’s only fall but it still looks like a cold winter.
We no longer have to wait for more bad news on the opioid crisis, which has now been proclaimed a public health emergency, or on poverty fronts everywhere, as this issue details wherever the disability checks run out and in Brazil, where millions face disaster. Not so China’s Xi Jinping, whose government has elevated him to a status next to the legendary Chairman Mao, and who in one distant province appears to be installing the apparatus of a police state.
This is Number 10 of New Times Always! The first was launched on June 1, and when this one emerges by October 31st it will mean a new number every 15.3 days. Of greater significance is that we will have reduced our frequency to almost weekly, the initial target. It will mean further that our publishing schedule will more closely match the rate at which the world is churning out change, with some time to spare for thoughtful consideration, But not, under the circumstances, for celebration.
Don West for New Times Always!