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Populism’s Challenge to Democracy

It’s crucial to recognize the distinction between genuine threats to liberal institutions and mere differences over policy.<p>By<p>William A. Galston<p>From Mitteleuropa to the English Midlands to the American Midwest, a populist revolt has arisen against long-established political arrangements. It seemed …

Why America Is Going Broke

Entitlements are driving deficits and debt. Absent reform, the problem will soon become a crisis.<p>The federal deficit is big and getting bigger. President Trump’s budget estimates a deficit of nearly $900 billion for 2018 and nearly $1 trillion (with total spending of $4.4 trillion) for 2019. Its …

Donald Trump

French Presidents Once Acted Like Referees. Then Came Emmanuel Macron

New leader is revamping labor laws, co-opting opposition political parties and dividing union leaders. The question now is whether his free-market blitz will stick.<p>PARIS—Weeks before President Emmanuel Macron took office, a business leader confronted him about his plans to sidestep Parliament and …

Emmanuel Macron

New Jersey’s Liberal New Governor Faces a Fiscal Nightmare

Raising taxes will be even harder now that Congress has limited the state and local tax deduction.<p>Democrat Phil Murphy cruised to victory in New Jersey’s gubernatorial race in November. The state’s powerful public-sector unions, which endorsed his progressive vision of higher taxes and more …

Canada’s Health-Care Queues

Bernie Sanders’s model system makes patients wait and wait and . . .<p>American Democrats are following Bernie Sanders in embracing single-payer health care on the Canadian model. But when they get sick, our neighbors to the north increasingly find that the only way to get “free” medical care is to …

Do Black Students Need White Peers?

A news report worries about the racial makeup of charter schools, despite their better performance.<p>The Associated Press published a hit piece earlier this month that blamed charter schools for perpetrating racial segregation. No shock there. The mainstream press has long been sympathetic to …

A Reporter’s Anguished Farewell to Afghanistan

During four years based in Kabul, a Journal foreign correspondent watched the capital become a battle zone<p>When I moved to Kabul four years ago, the Afghan capital was better known, among foreign visitors, for its parties than for its bombs. A surge in U.S. troops and foreign aid had fueled an expat …

What Swedes Give Up for ‘Free’ Money

When the state treats childrearing like a job, make sure you don’t run afoul of the boss.<p>I moved to Sweden for love, not money, but I was happy to learn that merely living in this social democracy also entitled me to paid parental-leave benefits. Who could object to free money, handed out by the …

We Need Guns Before the Cops Arrive

Members of Congress were lucky the Capitol Police were on hand.<p>The attack on congressmen last week illustrates the realities of sudden violence. There’s a saying among gun-carry permit advocates: “When seconds count, police are minutes away.”<p>That was not the case last week but only because Majority …

Zuckerberg’s Opiate for the Masses

If we get ‘universal basic income,’ the millennials will never leave our basements.<p>At Harvard’s commencement last month, dropout Mark Zuckerbergtold eager graduates to create a new social contract for their generation: “We should have a society that measures progress not just by economic metrics …

No more painkillers and gluten-free food on the NHS as health service head launches cost-cutting drive

The NHS will no longer pay for everyday medicines, including painkillers and cough mixture, the head of the health service has said.<p>Simon Stevens has outlined plans for patients to have to pay for basic items, such as hay fever drugs, indigestion pills and gluten-free food, in a money-saving …