exPLAINers of the Week June 4-10

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By Perfectly Plain Staff

We scour the depths of the media to bring you, our dear readers, what the best explainer pieces are each week. This week we have stopped on two pieces that delve into interesting events and actions, and bring them to us in a simple to understand and fascinatingly interesting way.

What Happens When a Bad-Tempered, Distractible Doofus Runs an Empire?

By Miranda Carter in The New Yorker

Miranda Carter’s look at the way Kaiser Wilhelm II ruled Germany from 1888 to 1918 was an interesting read that links the unruly behavior of the German ruler to that of President Trump. Carter s the author of “George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I”, and her piece showed how the impulsive and often disrespectful character of Wilhelm II may have led the world into World War One. I enjoyed the informative article and picked it as my exPlainer of the Week because she links the contemporary “free world” leader with one of the prominent figures in Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries.

To read full exPlainer, click here.

Teodor Teofilov
Normalizing Trade Relations With China Was a Mistake

By Reihan Salam in The Atlantic

Reihan Salam’s examines the decision by the US government, in the early 2000s, to normalize the trade relations with China. Salam argues the US didn’t just develop favorable trade relations with China but made China our most favorable trade nation, and it had negative consequences for both countries. Salam has also authored, The GOP’s Path to Economic Populism, where he explains that the GOP’s desire to relate to working-class Americans will lead them to embrace social-benefit programs. This explainer was thought-provoking and brought a perspective I haven’t thought about before. While the explainer doesn’t argue for not normalizing trade relations with China, it does contemplate the different world we would have lived in it never happened.

To read full exPlainer, click here.

Pawan Naidu

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