What is democracy worth?

Josh Marshall has a classic Editor’s Brief at Talking Points Memo this morning: Long, rambling, extemporaneous and loose, but also inherently fascinating: “I’m talking about the global contest between autocracy and authoritarianism on the one hand and...

The Fed bends the knee

Now comes word that the Federal Reserve is about to cut a key lending rate by about a quarter of a point. Even if you don’t routinely pay attention to financial news, this is a story you need to be following. Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen economic...

It’s the system, stupid

This morning’s Guardian includes an op-ed piece from a former UC-Berkeley sociology prof who contends (via somewhat dubious example poll questions) that college-educated Democrats live in denser bubbles than Republicans. Perhaps, but that’s not the...

Thanks but no thanks, pundits

Yes, despite our national majorities and the encouraging results of the 2018 midterms, there are legitimate reasons to be concerned about Trump and the GOP in 2020. But over the past few days, the pundit class has been aggressively pushing the alarming notion that if...

The case for Democratic fusion

Enough about the Democrat Party being one big tent. It’s more like a refugee camp inhabited by multiple parties that would naturally — in a parliamentary system — squabble and scrap before elections, but then come together to form a coalition...

Adrift and aflame

Politicians, even the good ones, lie from time to time, and sometimes with good reason: Remember how Jimmy Carter tried to tell us the truth, and we repaid him with mockery and defeat? Governments lie, too. But then again, so do companies, and coaches, and churches,...
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