TV pundits and op-ed writers of every major newspaper epitomize how the Democratic establishment has already reached a consensus: the 2020 nominee must be a centrist, a Joe Biden, Cory Booker or Kamala Harris–type, preferably. They say that Joe Biden should “run because [his] populist image fits the Democrats’ most successful political strategy of the… Continue reading Keith Spencer: …data shows that a centrist Democrat would be a losing candidate – Salon.com
Understanding Trump’s charisma offers important clues to understanding the problems that the Democrats need to address. Most important, the Democratic candidate must convey a sense that he or she will fulfil the promise of 2008: not piecemeal reform but a genuine, full-scale change in America’s way of thinking. It’s also crucial to recognise that, like… Continue reading Eli Zaretsky: Trump’s Charisma – LRB Blog
[T]he Korea issue is but an extreme expression of a tendency that blights the entire field. We are uncomfortable with democratic accountability, unwilling to subject ourselves to public debate, and uninterested in the constraints public opinion and popular politics place on the policies we craft. This complacency is not excusable. It is not sustainable. We… Continue reading The Scholar’s Stage: You Do Not Have the People
It welcomed the tests of time/
Like an eternal friend,/
Our country is blessed,/
Our country is such!
To take power, May had to pretend that she, too, dreams these impossible dreams. And that led her to embrace a phony populism in which the narrow and ambiguous majority who voted for Brexit under false pretences are be reimagined as “the people.” This is not conservatism—it is pure Rousseau. The popular will had been… Continue reading Fintan O’Toole: Britain: The End of a Fantasy – The New York Review of Books