Populism Is Rooted in Politics, no longer Economics

Some one billion people around the world are now being ruled by populists of one sort or another. That number will continue to grow if we continue to view populism as the result of economic rather than political dysfunction. LONDON – Nearly 330 million Americans are governed by Donald Trump. Brazil, with 210 million people,…

Per chance They’re Factual Disagreeable Of us

Not all Trump support is ideological.Nov. 26, 2018Image CreditCreditDoug Mills/The New York TimesSeven years ago, a former aide to Ralph Reed — who also worked, briefly, for Paul Manafort — published a tawdry, shallow memoir that is also one of the more revealing political books I’ve ever read. Lisa Baron was a pro-choice, pro-gay rights,…

“JIM GILLIAM, 1977-2018”

Jim Gilliam speaking at Personal Democracy Forum 2015 in New York City The world of tech and politics lost one of its giants Friday when Jim Gilliam, the founder of the organizing platform NationBuilder, passed away after a long illness and many battles with cancer. Jim was probably best known for a talk he gave…

High Patreon creators of the ‘Intellectual Murky Web’ dispute they’re launching an replacement crowdfunding platform not ‘inclined to arbitrary censorship’

Jordan Peterson, a Canadian professor who has built a reputation for fighting ‘political correctness’ and ‘cultural Marxism,’ and the Libertarian comedian and pundit Dave Rubin announced Monday that they would launch an alternative to the crowdfunding website Patreon after the removal of several high-profile right-wing users of the service. In a discussion posted to YouTube…

It isn’t easy being a Koch

Elizabeth Koch is obsessed with the self—not just hers, but yours and mine, too. She’s the founder of a neuroscience nonprofit called the Tiny Blue Dot Foundation, which aims “to understand the nature of consciousness and its place in nature.” There, researchers are working on figuring out the physical processes underlying the mental experience of…

Is dynastic politics on the trend out?

Rep. Liz Cheney was elected chair of the House Republican Conference on Tuesday, a leadership position that her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, held in the 1980s while representing the same Wyoming at-large district that she holds today (despite spending most of her life since middle school living in Virginia). It was a potent…

BALZ: Instability and populist unrest is novel world explain…

Dan Balz Chief correspondent covering national politics, the presidency and Congress December 11 at 7:04 PM The particulars might be different, but the upheavals playing out in Britain and France this week have familiar and common undercurrents, born of the same forces — rebellion against globalization, fear of immigrants and distrust of traditional leaders —…

A Contemporary Heart Being Born

The market and the welfare state go together.Dec. 20, 2018ImageJerry Taylor of the Niskanen Center.CreditCreditGreg KahnAre you optimistic or pessimistic about America’s future? I’m optimistic. I say that because there have been many moments in our history when old ideas and old arrangements stopped working and people chopped them up. Those transition moments were bumpy,…

A Wistful Bipartisan Summit in Houston

Baker is still sharp at 88, and Obama is a mere 57, but you couldn’t help feeling that the current climate had left them, and their audience of political moderates, out in the cold.By Mimi SwartzMs. Swartz, an executive editor at Texas Monthly, is a contributing opinion writer.Nov. 29, 2018ImageBarack Obama spoke with Jon Meacham…

Brexit: Juncker tells Could possibly maybe deal would possibly maybe furthermore very effectively be clarified, nonetheless ‘no room whatsoever for renegotiation’ – Politics live

6.51pm EST18:51 Closing summary We’re closing down this live blog now. Thanks for sticking with us late into the night – as well as for all the comments. Here’s a summary of the evening’s events: Westminster came alive on Tuesday evening with speculation the prime minister will face a confidence vote as a senior Tory…

Of Monuments, Arguments, Vampires and Thanksgiving

John Wayne, Brett Kavanaugh, my brothers Michael and Kevin, and me.Nov. 22, 2018ImageMonument Valley, Utah, last month.CreditCreditRick Bowmer/Associated PressMy older brother Michael taught me many things.He taught me to hold vinyl records gingerly at the edges, so I wouldn’t smudge them, and how to wipe them down with a soft cloth before returning them to…

World leaders in Paris worth 100th anniversary of WW1 Armistice

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron led tributes to the millions of soldiers killed in World War One on Sunday, using an emotional ceremony in Paris attended by scores of world leaders to warn against nationalism a century on from the conflict. U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel…

Comey to testify on Russia, Clinton emails ahead of Residence committees in the aid of closed doors

CLOSE Former FBI Director James Comey says he testified about Hillary Clinton’s emails during a closed-door interview Friday with two House committees. (Dec. 7) APFormer FBI director James Comey speaks June 8, 2017, during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.(Photo: Andrew Harnik, AP)WASHINGTON – Former FBI Director James Comey emerged from…

Talking Politics All the map in which by the Holidays

How to avoid alienating everyone. Posted Dec 12, 2018 Source: Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash It has been said that if you don’t have something nice to say, then confine your discussion to the weather. Well, that is going to be a very short holiday meal, I think. Inevitably over the holidays—and throughout the year—we…

It’s Time for Angela Merkel to Hotfoot away

The German chancellor has done an admirable job over her 13 years in office. But her stoic pragmatism is out of step with the times.By Jochen BittnerMr. Bittner is a political editor for the weekly newspaper Die Zeit and a contributing opinion writer.Nov. 23, 2018ImageGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a joint news conference with the…