Democracy

Can We Save Democracy?

For all its prestige, the U.S. Supreme Court has issued some highly questionable rulings in recent years. Its 2010 decision that corporations are people still leaves many citizens scratching their heads. Comedian Jon Stewart made more sense when he noted wryly that corporations can’t be people …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The Fewer Competitive Districts We Have, The Better

<i>Politico</i> reports that the Trump administration is considering naming Thomas Brunell, a Texas professor “with no government experience,” to head up …

Conservative View

James Meek · Against Passion: Passionate Politics

Lilla portrays America’s colleges (he is professor of humanities at Columbia University) as dark, suspicious places where debate has been smothered …

Martin Heidegger

Attacks on Media, Like Roy Moore's, Endanger Democracy

Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for an upcoming Alabama special Senate election, called <i>The Washington Post</i> “fake news” earlier this month after the …

Donald Trump

Democrats have the advantage of negative partisanship

Increasingly I'm of the opinion that all the internal anguish over what Democrats' "message" should be in 2018 and 2020 is utterly off the mark. At …

Liberal View

Robert Reich: The poor are being barred from voting. And that’s unconstitutional

<i>This article first appeared on RobertReich.org.</i><p>Hundreds of thousands of Americans are being denied the right to vote because they are poor.<p>In nine …

Equality

Here's why Angela Merkel would be better off in a minority government

The collapse of talks to form a coalition government in Germany has left an unsettling sense of uncertainty in Europe’s biggest democracy. In a …

Germany

Wait, You Mean Voting Can Violate the Voting Rights Act?

A school board case in a town divided has national implications.<p>This month's local and state elections brought the usual dismal news about voter turnout: Fewer than 1 in 4 New Yorkers went to the polls. In New Jersey, less than 40 percent did. Virginia had its highest turnout in 20 years and still …

Right To Vote

One year later, who do Trump voters trust?

Definitely not news media.<p>President Trump’s improbable campaign focused on the singular importance of trust — trust in Donald Trump against all comers. His campaign was built on the foundation that he alone was the person voters could believe in to make American great again.<p>The Trump campaign made …

Elections

Zimbabwe beware: the military is looking after its own interests, not democracy

November 2017 will go down in the history of Zimbabwe as the beginning of the end of Robert Mugabe’s 37 year tyranny. One cannot understate the …

Africa

As Kenya Struggles to Recover from a Tumultuous Election, America Must Stand by Its Side

This week marked yet another chapter in the saga of Kenya’s now three-month-long presidential election. With the Supreme Court’s unanimous rejection …

Africa

How to Unite the Anti-Trump Republicans

The president's GOP opponents need to face up to five truths.<p>My View colleague Ramesh Ponnuru has an excellent column about the huge differences among anti-Trump Republicans. As he points out, they can't even agree on a label, with some embracing the #NeverTrump hashtag and others finding it not …

Business

Does Liberalism Still Have a Future? - Los Angeles Review of Books

AMERICAN LIBERALISM is in crisis. It has long been in crisis — at least since the rise of Reaganism in the 1970s, but perhaps since the fracturing of …

Books

Kerala violence is targetted at CPI(M) to create atmosphere that helps BJP through central intervention: Prakash Karat

Written by Jipson John , Jitheesh PM |<p>Former CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat. (Photo by ‘Kenz Ul Munner’)<p>VIDEO: Delhi security guard foils …

India

Trump's "Frightening" Pick for Top Census Job Thinks "Competitive Elections Are Bad for America"

Julia Conley, staff writerThomas Brunell is a political science professor with no government experience, and would politicize the agency tasked with …

Liberal View

The rise of populism in the West

With populism growing in the West, there has been a recent emerging wave of academic literature on populism in its recent avatars. Among this is a …

Refuting the Biggest Lies About Communism, Lie #3: The 1917 October Revolution in Russia was a "coup" staged by Lenin...

- Advertisement -<p>LIE #3: The 1917 October Revolution in Russia was a "coup" staged by Lenin and the communist Bolshevik Party. They were power hungry …

Liberal View

Chile just went to the polls — and transformed its legislature

On Sunday, for the seventh time since Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship ended, Chileans went to the polls to elect a president and National Congress. Only 46 percent of those eligible to vote actually did so, one of the lowest turnouts in the country’s history.<p>In the presidential race, no candidate …

U.S. Politics

Charlotte Observer blasts "startling hypocrisy" of NC GOP

Be sure to check out today’s lead editorial in the Charlotte <i>Observer.</i> In “The startling hypocrisy of N.C. Republicans,” the paper highlights the …

North Carolina

Why do some elections in Africa turn violent?

On Nov. 20, Kenya’s Supreme Court upheld Uhuru Kenyatta’s win in the repeat presidential election conducted Oct. 26, which opposition leader Raila Odinga boycotted. Kenya’s Supreme Court featured prominently in the 2017 elections, most notably by nullifying the earlier Aug. 8 election — a move that …

Africa

A Book for Reactionary Times

In 2017, everyone wants to know why. Why Trump, why mass shootings, why student debt, why anything? And why does Republican Party policy enable the …

Liberal View

The Nationalist's Delusion

Trump’s supporters backed a time-honored American political tradition, disavowing racism while promising to enact a broad agenda of discrimination.<p>THIRTY YEARS AGO nearly half of Louisiana voted for a Klansman, and the media struggled to explain why.<p>It was 1990 and David Duke, the former grand …

Racism

Catalan election polls 2017 — FT.com

Catalans will elect a new regional parliament on December 21. The snap election was called by Spain’s central government, which suspended Catalonia’s …

Ada Colau

Robert Reich: Sex abuse victims are turning on America’s bullies

<i>This article first appeared on RobertReich.org.</i><p>Why are so many women now speaking out about the sexual abuses they’ve experienced for years?<p>Is there …

Ralph Northam

Padmavati controversy: Drama over Bhansali's film reflects collapsing democracy where State defers to fringe

Once upon a time, India had a lunatic fringe. The hotheads living on this periphery would sporadically attack individual freedoms, stalk couples on …

India

Trump signals that competitive elections may be bad for America

How does President Trump subvert democracy? A little at a time. He doesn’t need big hands to get his little fingers into every mechanism. And a little thumb on the scale may be all that’s needed. What scale? Which mechanisms?<p>Let’s begin today with the 2020 Census. That’s one area you might think …

Impeachment Is Worth the Wait for Zimbabwe

Following the rules to remove a dictator like Mugabe sends a powerful signal.<p>When you get rid of your dictator, is it important to follow the rules? That delicate question is dominating the transition-in-progress in Zimbabwe, where longtime president Robert Mugabe has refused to step down despite …

Business

Is Texas a true democracy?

Is Texas a true democracy? Not even close -- that's the belief of Lauren Lluveras, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas. Her op-ed about …

DANIEL SILKE: Nine scary parallels between Zimbabwe and South Africa

<b>1. Single-dominant political parties – especially those immediately post-Liberation like Zanu-PF and the ANC - conflate party and state at all times</b>. …

South African Politics

Most citizens support military rule in the world's largest democracy

India , the world's largest democracy, is showing an appetite for military rule — a potential indicator that the country's nationalist politics are …

Mamata Banerjee