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Bill Humphrey

Senior Editor, The Globalist

Bill Humphrey (@BillHumphreyMA) has been at The Globalist since February 2013.

Mr. Humphrey also previously wrote for and hosted the Arsenal For Democracy political talk radio show, produced in Massachusetts and aired out of Delaware. Past episodes are available for download online. The show contextualized and explained current affairs in the United States and the world for a progressive millennial audience, while delving into processes and systems.

He is the author of I Accept Your Nomination: American Dream Rhetoric in Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speeches, 1932-2008 (Marker Press, 2012).

Mr. Humphrey grew up in Massachusetts and graduated with top honors from the University of Delaware’s political science program, with minors in political communication, history and geography. He has been active in both Massachusetts and Delaware politics. In addition, he has also been a research associate for a small, multinational investment and economic development consultancy in Boston, Massachusetts.

Articles by Bill Humphrey

Can Democrats Overcome Trump’s Shadow?

Should the Democratic Party be fortunate enough to rise to power again, the question arises: What will they do with it?

October 11, 2018

Five Structural Reasons for Lasting Republican Power

Why Republicans will be in power even after Democratic Party voting gains.

October 10, 2018

Donald Trump’s 40-Year Shadow

It will take future Democrats large majorities, luck and sustained effort to undo the national and global damage imposed by the Trump administration.

October 9, 2018

What Comes After the Second Gilded Age?

Stagnation and inequality could lead to a Second Progressive Era in the United States – or something far more dangerous instead.

November 13, 2017

President Mike Pence?

Where Donald Trump is undisciplined and entertaining, Mike Pence is very disciplined and boring. But that discipline will not benefit the Americans at large.

July 22, 2017

Angela Merkel: Ever-Lasting Woman Leader?

Among countries with populations of at least 100,000 people, which woman holds the record for the longest uninterrupted tenure as the elected head of government?

June 29, 2017

Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood

Qatar makes longer-term investments in religious or ideological factions.

June 20, 2017

Trump, the Great American Traditionalist

Close family ties were a way of life in early American presidential politics.

April 11, 2017

Eight is Enough For Now: Unpacking the Supreme Court

Should the Democrats act like Republicans – and block Trump’s new Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch, just as Obama’s nominee Garland was blocked?

March 24, 2017

US: When Billionaires Shred People’s Healthcare

The repeal of “Obamacare” is an alarming story about the quasi-dictatorial powers that billionaires have in the U.S. political system.

March 15, 2017

Trump and the Bomb: Stop Worrying?

The risk of Trump launching the nuclear arsenal is lower than many risks associated with his presidency.

March 8, 2017

America’s New Regime: Wisconsin, Not Trump or Putin

America's new top power broker isn't Donald or Vladimir, but Republican operators from America's 30th state.

January 23, 2017

Trump Inherits the Surveillance State

Resisting the damage of the Trump Administration will be made very difficult.

November 11, 2016

Does Saudi Arabia Want to Break Up Yemen?

What could possibly explain the current strategy?

April 13, 2016

Trump and Teddy Roosevelt: Bull Moose in the Made-in-China Shop

Could the Republican Party be headed again for a 1912-style convention breakdown and party split?

March 15, 2016

Courting the U.S. Environment

Why judges play such an outsized role on combatting climate change.

March 4, 2016

Trump’s Foreign Soulmates

Look at commodities-export strongmen like Chavez and Putin if you want to understand Trump.

February 18, 2016

France and the West: Inconvenient Questions

Action-reaction patterns in the November 13 terrorist attack in Paris.

November 17, 2015

The Future of Living Wages

What can governments do for incomes in an era of intense global labor competition and automation?

September 7, 2015

Trump’s Bankruptcies In Perspective

Trump’s business practices merely demonstrate a different set of rules for the rich.

September 4, 2015

Yemen and the Alliance of the Deaf

From Iraq to Syria and Yemen, U.S. and Saudi policymakers seem to have learned very little.

August 14, 2015

Selling Out the Kurds

To recruit Turkey against ISIS, the United States lost sight of its true friends.

July 29, 2015

Tunisia: Britain to Blame?

Can Tunisia really blame the NATO campaign in Libya for its current troubles?

July 12, 2015

Donald Trump: The Democrats’ Best Campaign Asset

Money worship and ethnic insensitivity – the Republicans’ toxic combination at the ballot box.

July 8, 2015

Tanzania and the Soft Power of the United States

Media circuses surrounding unqualified presidential candidates are the U.S. political system’s new export.

June 30, 2015

Modi in America’s Footsteps

After the Myanmar military operation: Beware of boundless missions, India.

June 14, 2015

Nigeria: I Have A Dream

At last there is true hope on the horizon for Africa's most important country and economy.

May 30, 2015

Victors’ Bonus: What Israel Could Learn From Athens

Israel has not tried to deal with leadership instability. Awarding the election winner additional seats would help.

March 17, 2015

Before Iran, Benjamin Netanyahu to Congress on Iraq

Why the U.S. would be wise to disregard Netanyahu’s counsel on Iran, for everyone’s sake.

March 10, 2015

Israel: No Crystal Ball for Election Outcome

Who joins Israel’s next coalition might matter more than who leads it.

February 10, 2015

The World’s Five Top Elections in 2015

Which countries’ elections are most worth watching — and why?

January 23, 2015

New York’s Renegade Police Department

Will the NYPD accept democratic control? The city's mayor wants it so.

January 11, 2015

Political Courage: Merkel Vs. Cameron

The German Chancellor takes the lead on fighting bigotry.

January 2, 2015

The U.S. Torture Report and White Supremacy

How the "debate" over U.S. torture unmasks a wider truth of thinly veiled White supremacy in official policy.

December 18, 2014

America’s Mezzogiorno: Take the Money and Run

What is the outcome of the anti-government legislating for the southern U.S. states?

November 28, 2014

America’s Mezzogiorno: How the South Really Operates

How southern U.S. Republicans embrace and reject big government at the same time.

November 27, 2014

U.S. Double Standards: ISIS and Murders in Mexico

The Mexico conflict is the U.S.'s most unjustifiable strategic blind spot.

November 16, 2014

Reform Islam Vs. the Billionaire Barons

Islam isn’t inherently backward – it’s being held back by powerful donors.

October 4, 2014

From Representative Democracy Back to Republic?

What radical U.S. conservatives forget about the country’s founding.

June 14, 2014

Not So Exceptional After All

How the Netherlands provided the guidebook for America's founding.

June 13, 2014

Pfizer: Tax Havens or Bust!

Why cutting U.S. corporate taxes won’t stop a wave of offshore reincorporations.

May 1, 2014

Heartbleed: National Insecurity Agency

When did spying itself, instead of security, become the NSA's mission?

April 14, 2014

Donetsk: Better to Join the UK than Russia

People in Eastern Ukraine have figured out how to use their heritage for advantage against Putin and Russia.

April 6, 2014

Repeating Collective Failure, Long After the Great War

Unrestrained climate change: 2014’s tragic answer to the epic, collective failure of 1914?

January 18, 2014

Chinese Antarctic Rescue a Positive Signal

The rise of China means another partner in global burden-sharing.

January 7, 2014

Chinese Peacekeepers in Africa?

Will China step up in South Sudan’s crisis?

December 19, 2013

The Problem With Billionaires

A different case for higher U.S. taxes on the ultra-rich.

November 18, 2013

Rohani’s Presidential Pulpit

Can the incoming Iranian president outmaneuver his country's hardliners on foreign affairs? Will that enhance global governance?

June 20, 2013

America as Number Two: We’d Try Harder

The case for acknowledging America's slide from first place — and how the United States can use reality to get back on track.

June 23, 2011