Michael Weiss

Nota: Este archivo abarca los artículos publicados por el autor desde el 1 de abril de 2009. Para fechas anteriores realice una búsqueda entrecomillando su nombre.

Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Presidential Palace, Helsinki Summit, Finland, July 16, 2018

In March 1986, Yuri Dubinin arrived in New York to assume his post as the Soviet ambassador to the United Nations. Dubinin’s daughter, Natalia, was already a diplomat serving at the Soviet mission, and she picked her father up at the airport and drove him into a city to which he’d never before been. (He wouldn’t stay long—within weeks of his arrival, Dubinin was reposted as Soviet ambassador to the United States and relocated to Washington, D.C.) Their first stop, Natalia told the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, was a Tetris-like black skyscraper on Fifth Avenue. Professing himself impressed by what he saw in this monument to American capitalism, the graying apparatchik asked to meet its owner.…  Seguir leyendo »

Desde que me trasladé a vivir a Londres hace más de un año, he visto a una mujer arrojar un gato vivo a un cubo de basura porque sí; a un grupo denominado Partido Socialista de los Trabajadores manifestarse contra el Royal Bank of Scotland, que es de propiedad pública en un 84%, y a un hombre arrojar una tarta de espuma de afeitar a un magnate de los medios de comunicación derrotado dentro de un edificio oficial.

Los estadounidenses, en general, se habrán quedado asombrados y horrorizados al ver a unos alborotadores enmascarados y con capuchas recorriendo Londres, volcando coches, quemando tiendas de muebles de cien años de antigüedad y saqueando comercios como si fueran de compras: incluso se probaban la ropa que iban a robar.…  Seguir leyendo »

At its worst, the American Tea Party is a helter-skelter of conservative populism, a movement broadly united by small-government principles but more animated by a hatred of the current president. It lacks a coherent vision and prefers paranoid sloganeering and anti-establishment platitudes to a viable platform. At its most benign, the Tea Party represents what the late historian Samuel Huntington, in an insight more valuable than his more famous one about a “clash of civilizations,” once termed a “creedal-passion period” of American politics. That is to say, a cyclical phenomenon that occurs every few generations in Anglo-Saxon cultures and has its roots in the Protestant Great Awakening of the 1740s.…  Seguir leyendo »