Donald Trump may have decisively lost the White House to Joe Biden, but he’s seemingly intent on encouraging unrest during his continuing post-election temper tantrum. Tens of thousands of Trump supporters, cheered on by the president, descended upon Washington, D.C. this weekend to falsely claim the election was rigged, and relatively minor incidents of violence broke out when counter-protesters showed up. Today in The Conversation Canada, Jack L. Rozdilsky, a professor of disaster and emergency management at York University, argues that the threat of much more widespread violence continues to exist in the United States even though it didn’t erupt as feared on election day.

That’s because the United States is now a fragile state, according to international observers, and all the conditions that can produce massive civil unrest are now in play in Trump’s America.

In a related story, Ron Stagg of Ryerson University explains why Trump performed better in the Nov. 3 vote than predicted by pollsters.

Also today:



Lee-Anne Goodman

Politics, Business + Economics Editor

People identifying themselves as members of the Proud Boys join supporters of President Donald Trump as they march on Nov. 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Trump’s election tantrum could still fuel widespread violence

Jack L. Rozdilsky, York University, Canada

Donald Trump continues to stoke his base with false allegations of a 'rigged' election, meaning widespread violence is still possible post-election as the U.S. devolves into a fragile state.

U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a Veterans Day wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., on Nov. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Why did Donald Trump do better than expected in the U.S. election?

Ron Stagg, Ryerson University

A look at the forces at work in the 2020 presidential election in which Donald Trump defied pollsters again even though he lost to Joe Biden.

Ontario’s new order in council adopting the IHRA definition on antisemitism risks stifling criticism of Israel. (Newtown grafitti/flickr)

New human rights order risks restricting criticism of Israel

Reem Bahdi, University of Windsor

Ontario's recent order-in-council adopting the IHRA's definition of antisemitism has been lauded by some. However, critics fear that it could be used to curtail criticism of the Israeli government.

Dangers to academic freedom: Many see a shift to equate criticism of Israeli state policies with antisemitism. (Miguel Henriques/Unsplash)

Criticizing Israel is not antisemitic — it’s academic freedom

Jasmin Zine, Wilfrid Laurier University; Greg Bird, Wilfrid Laurier University; Sara Matthews, Wilfrid Laurier University

Scholars researching the politics and policies of Israel have been facing a growing and uphill battle for academic freedom.

La Conversation Canada

Des millions d'animaux sauvages se font tuer chaque années sur les routes. Shutterstock

Des millions d’animaux se font tuer sur les routes. Voici comment stopper l’hécatombe

Jochen A.G. Jaeger, Concordia University; Ariel Spanowicz, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich; Fernanda Zimmermann Teixeira, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

Les routes et le trafic entraînent une mortalité massive des animaux sauvages dans le monde entier et le réseau routier est en pleine expansion. Est-il possible de mettre un terme à cette hécatombe ?


Culture + Society

Environment + Energy