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Richard Phillips

New York Editor, The Globalist

[United States]

Richard Phillips is a New York-based international analyst. Since the 1980s, he has served as a senior advisor to major financial institutions around the world.

Among Mr. Phillips current responsibilities is the management of the Thomson Reuters Corporate Responsibility Ratings and Indexes, which measure 200 separate factors to assess the environmental, social and governance performance of over 5,000 companies worldwide.

His clients have included Deutsche Bank, UBS, Société Générale, Deutsche Borse and the United Nations Development Plan.

Mr. Phillips currently serves as senior financial analyst for S-Network Global Indexes and is responsible for developing and managing indexes and ratings that measure discrete aspects of the global economy.

Articles by Richard Phillips

US Presidential Election: 2020 Is Not 2016

Joe Biden will be vilified more and more by the Trump campaign as the election approaches. But this vilification is likely to be confined to inside the right-wing echo chamber.

September 13, 2020

Donald Trump: The Face of the US’s Decline, in Five Epic Failures

COVID 19 has torn the mask off all of the rot that had been festering just below the surface of US politics and society. More and more, the US resembles a developing nation.

August 25, 2020

Coronavirus: Information, Misinformation, Disinformation and Outright Lies

In the Trump era, we urgently need to equip ourselves better for the basic requirements of contemporary truth management. Here is your guide for survival in a very contested field.

May 10, 2020

The Sad State of US and Global Economic Affairs

If -- or is it already when -- the current crisis ends with the United States of America fiscally and monetarily bankrupt, the idea of a full-blown depression becomes all too real.

March 27, 2020

Does US Stare Into Fiscal Abyss? 8 Pointers

Eight key points explaining why the U.S. fiscal stimulus package could drive the country into bankruptcy.

March 25, 2020

Super Tuesday Odds: How Will Sanders Perform?

Instead of a Sanders blowout giving him a near-insurmountable delegate lead and a lock on the nomination, he will now be in a scramble to the convention.

March 3, 2020

Trump Vs. the “Deep State”?

The ardent defenders of President Trump's reckless foreign policy claim that the “deep state” is out to get the President of the United States. Do they have a case?

December 29, 2019

The Democrats’ Wrong Choice on Impeachment

Donald Trump’s rap sheet is spectacularly long. The Democrats made a big political mistake not impeaching him for all his offenses.

December 18, 2019

US: Building an Alliance for Climate Change Mitigation

A sensible climate plan will marry CO2 reductions aimed at remediating the climate challenge with infrastructure improvements designed to mitigate its impact.

September 23, 2019

Long Shot: Marianne Williamson for President!

If Donald J. Trump is darkness, then Marianne Williamson is light.

September 18, 2019

The Summer of 2019

In terms of economic contentedness, the summer of 2019 in the U.S. and globally had an eerie feeling of the summer of 1913.

August 25, 2019

Nancy Pelosi’s Hamlet Moment

For House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, it comes down to this: "To Impeach or not to impeach. That is the question."

June 21, 2019

Enter Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Socialist

When Ocasio-Cortez calls for "Medicare for All," the right calls her a socialist. But a large segment of the US electorate may be ready for a bit of socialism.

February 24, 2019

The Four Layers of Trump Disapproval

In the U.S., there is no one left who has not formed an opinion on Donald Trump. That’s a problem for Republicans in 2020.

February 9, 2019

Trump as the Kremlin’s Tool: The Logical Proof

Whether intentional or not, Donald Trump serves the Kremlin's interests -- from NATO to the global economy and the Middle East to democracy.

January 15, 2019

American People to Trump: What’s Goin’ on in the Markets?

What makes this particular market correction so spooky is that, unlike in 2008, no single reason has yet been identified as causing the downturn.

December 27, 2018

The Republican Crime Syndicate Takes Control

The Republican Party has become a Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO). As with other criminal organizations, its purpose is to rape, pillage and plunder America.

December 6, 2017

Trump’s First 100 Days in Office: What’s Changed?

The Trump Administration promises a lot, but delivers little. None of his "new" aggressive policies have made any considerable dent.

April 18, 2017

Fake News Alert: Memo to Putin

FSB Briefing Abstract, May 27, 2016 : Plan for Donald Trump to win U.S. Presidency

December 17, 2016

Hillary: I’m Not Donald Trump, Dammit!

Trump can win this election. If he does, it will be because of Hillary's steadfast refusal to take principled stands on any issue.

September 30, 2016

President Trump: The Magic of American Politics

Can this crude, narcissistic demagogue actually become President of the United States?

May 9, 2016

U.S. Politics: Primary Election Mess

This year's U.S. presidential primaries are not selecting candidates that can win the office.

April 5, 2016

United States: The End of Establishment Orthodoxy

Democratic and Republican Party elites have failed to produce outcomes U.S. voters expect.

March 28, 2016

Trump & America, You Can’t Have It Back Again!

Grandpa was dead; the kids were being poisoned; mom was enslaved and Armageddon was just around the corner!

March 16, 2016

The Fallout From Michigan

Takeaways for the would-be frontrunners from Tuesday's U.S. presidential primaries.

March 9, 2016

Bernie Sanders: Tackling America’s Biggest “Rackets”

Health care, education and finance have particularly significant effects in distorting the U.S. economy.

March 3, 2016

Bernie Sanders for President?

Why Bernie Sanders is the person best qualified to be the next President of the United States.

February 2, 2016

Papal Politics in the United States

Catholic men are now a bulwark of the Republican Party. But Pope Francis’s teachings do not square with Republican policies.

September 3, 2015

Iran Deal: Watch Who Is Doing the Warning

The same people who triggered the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq now categorically reject the Iran Deal.

August 12, 2015

The Republicans’ Acid Reflux Syndrome

Presidential candidates are long on blame, short on solutions.

August 4, 2015

US Fed: Go Knock Yourself Out, Chicken Little

Janet Yellen should be more assertive on interest rates.

August 3, 2015

Battling ISIS and the Six Lessons of Vietnam

Eerie similarities between the United States' defeat in Vietnam and early stages of conflict in Iraq and Syria.

June 9, 2015

Oil: Anatomy of a Bubble

Life is good — for oil consuming countries at least.

December 15, 2014

Immigration: The Story of U.S. Political Dysfunction

President Obama's immigration action is a product of a far larger problem.

December 1, 2014

Pricing the Risk of Climate Change

Why U.S. politicians must learn about dealing with reality.

November 13, 2014

Obama: So Good, Yet So Bad

How can someone so politically adept at campaigning be so politically incompetent at governing?

November 4, 2014

Pity Poor Germany? Leadership Comes with Responsibility

How can an economy, which represents only 4.9% of global GDP, be so central to the global economic outlook?

October 22, 2014

ISIS as a Colonial Creature: Is Washington Being “Played”?

ISIS is not an aberration. It is a legitimate part of the Middle Eastern political landscape.

October 15, 2014

The Power of Video: From ISIS to the NFL

The power of the media to shape and shift public opinion.

September 23, 2014

Willful Ignorance on the Economy

Did the American political right's willfully ignorant view of the economy undermine it's recovery?

September 19, 2014

Willful Ignorance on Foreign Policy

Stability through strength was and is a phantom concept

September 6, 2014

The Dumbest U.S. Foreign Policy Question Asked This Century

What do U.S. politicians mean when they say they want to save Syria?

August 19, 2014

Should Obama Quit His Job?

The job of president of the United States is impossible for anyone holding that office.

August 11, 2014

Countering the Voices of U.S. Economic Extremism

The economic extremism from the far right could have set the United States far off course.

July 17, 2014

This Thing Europeans Call Football

An American’s cultural journey toward the world’s most popular sport.

June 27, 2014

The Nagging Realities of the U.S. Foreign Policy Debate

U.S. foreign policy needs a complete rethink to move past the post-9/11 model.

May 22, 2014

Don’t Count the Democrats Out Just Yet

Why U.S. Republicans may not gain another unearned victory in the fall.

April 1, 2014

Rethinking China’s Future Path

The Chinese economy in its current form may not be sustainable.

March 10, 2014

Don’t Pity the Poor JP Morgan Shareholder

Accountability has to be the key underpinning of modern capitalism.

October 27, 2013

Learning to Love Inflation (Thanks To Quantitative Easing)

Why should real capitalists and long-term investors love quantitative easing?

May 16, 2013

Bringing About Real Corporate Change in Bad Industries

Is capital itself the only practical force capable of restraining capitalism's own excesses?

April 15, 2013

The Capital Paradox

Will groupthink about bank capital ratios merely set the stage for yet another banking crisis?

February 13, 2012

President Obama, Call the Republicans’ Bluff

Why would slashing government spending be more dangerous than a short-term failure to raise the debt ceiling?

July 13, 2011

President Obama, Plug the Hole

Is President Obama the only man who can plug the hole in American governance?

June 15, 2010

Obama's Lost Opportunity

Why isn't President Obama taking more tough stances on key issues?

July 30, 2009

Stop! You’re Giving Me the Blues

How should the United States pull itself out of this current state of (economic) depression?

November 20, 2008

A Second Bretton Woods

With the world economy on fire, what are the two most important steps needed to get to safer shores?

October 13, 2008

Why Europe Needs — And Wants — Bush to Win

How has President Bush's leadership benefited Europe?

October 13, 2004