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Weekend Roundup: From Beijing to Moscow, a Digital Curtain Descends

Nathan Gardels | Posted 05.07.2017 | World
Nathan Gardels

In March 1946, Winston Churchill famously declared that an "iron curtain" had descended across the European continent, casting a decades-long chill between East and West known as the Cold War. A new chill is in the air once again as China and Russia seek to draw a new "digital curtain" across the world in a joint effort to thwart the Western web from penetrating their cultural space.(continued)

The Pragmatic Impacts of Sanders' Big Dreams

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.11.2017 | Politics
Sarah van Gelder

The race for the Democratic presidential nomination has pitted a dreamer against a realist, right? Bernie Sanders is the unrealistic one, and Hillary Clinton, the pragmatist, is the candidate who can get things done.

Out of the Bubble

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.06.2017 | Business
Peter A. Georgescu

There's a bright, new columnist working at the New York Times, a fresh voice who may bring a bit of sanity to our national conversation. His name is David Brooks.

Why Primaries Are Not the Best Way to Choose a Candidate

Mark Chou | Posted 05.04.2017 | World
Mark Chou

MELBOURNE, Australia -- In a recent poll, almost two-thirds of surveyed voters said they have little or no confidence in the political wisdom of the American public to make the right decisions and choose the person best suited to lead their country.

No, Bernie Sanders Has Not Pushed Hillary Clinton To The Left

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics

Different people run for president for different reasons. Some want to publicize important issues or influence political party platforms. Some want to...

Why This Top European Progressive Is Excited About Bernie Sanders

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 04.27.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While it looks increasingly likely that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will not be the Democratic presidential nominee, his impact is alrea...

In Favor of Free Trade

Remy Raisner | Posted 04.22.2017 | World
Remy Raisner

In the United States, Donald Trump threatens economic war on China and Mexico. Hillary Clinton lambastes the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal she...

Populism Was The Real Winner On Tuesday Night

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics

Tuesday was a tough night for Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. It was a promising one for the populist movement that has been building stea...

The Resurgence of 'Strongmen' Like Trump Threatens Our Liberal World Order

Thomas Weber | Posted 04.15.2017 | World
Thomas Weber

The conditions in Europe after 1873 that gave rise to Hitler, Mussolini, Lenin and Stalin look eerily similar to the conditions that have brought the "strongmen" of today to the fore. The emergence of a new world order, while different from the world of Hitler and Stalin, should worry us all. We should fear the return of the world of Barbary piracy after the decline of the Ottoman Empire or of Europe after the fall of Rome.

Meet the Trump of Ancient Rome, a Populist Demagogue Who Helped Bring Down the Republic

Philip Freeman | Posted 04.13.2017 | World
Philip Freeman

The roots of populism stretch back to the beginning of the end of the Roman Republic. The man who ultimately brought down the system was a wealthy and ambitious nobleman named Publius Clodius Pulcher, a populist demagogue who refused to play by the rules. The more audacious his behavior, the more the public loved him for it. The ruling classes stood by dazed and helpless as control of the state they had run for centuries slipped from their hands.

Populists on the March Worldwide: Seven Steps to Keep Donald Trump and European Nationalists Out of Power

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.09.2017 | Politics
Doug Bandow

No one knows when the latest populist political wave will break. Maybe not before Donald Trump is elected president in America. The best way to reduce that possibility, however, and the influence of populist parties in Europe, is to respond to the concerns animating the angry middle.

The Demise of Liberalism

Yascha Mounk | Posted 04.07.2017 | World
Yascha Mounk

What's so dangerous about strongmen like Victor Orban or Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not just that they are disdainful of individual rights -- but also that they really do give voice to the will of the people.

Pop Culture Captures Campaign Politics

Carla Seaquist | Posted 04.04.2017 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

When a nude picture of a potential First Lady of the United States is used in a presidential campaign, and when that news, with photo, makes the publi...

The Ancient Roman Donald Trump

Andrew Chase | Posted 04.02.2017 | Politics
Andrew Chase

Gracchus had the people in the palm of his hand, and turned it into a fist. Donald Trump yet might not be the Republican Party's nominee, but he is following the very playbook Tiberius laid down and achieving success.

We Need to Improve, Not Destroy, Central Banking in America

Ben Railton | Posted 04.02.2017 | Politics
Ben Railton

American populism has taken many strains and forms, but when it comes to federal financial policy there have been two predominant factions. On one side have been those populists who distrust any such federal power and seek to dismantle it whenever possible.

Britain and the Continent: A Necessary Union

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 03.29.2017 | World
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

While the UK has never truly embraced European integration, its presence within the Union has been indispensable.

The 2016 Populist Uprising in Perspective: Part 4 - The Future of Populism in the United States

Frank Islam | Posted 03.30.2017 | Politics
Frank Islam

No matter the final results of the presidential elections in November, 2016 will be forever known as the year of the uprising of the populists in both political parties.

Shift Happens: Switzerland's Triumph Over Populism Politics

Akash Arasu | Posted 03.30.2017 | Politics
Akash Arasu

Eight years after the financial crisis, Europe has steered steadily towards the right of its political spectrum. This seemingly silent, rather stealthy shift, is one narrated by populism and nationalism, veiled in xenophobia.

How to Stave Off the Populist Challenge to European Foreign Policy

Prof. Cas Mudde | Posted 03.30.2017 | World
Prof. Cas Mudde

One of the more recent concerns is that populist parties are influencing foreign policy, and not just the usual (European integration and immigration policy) but also positions on, for example, Russia.

Populism Isn't Going to Go Away

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.29.2017 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democratic populism seems to be growing. If Sanders falls short this time around, the next time a populist runs, they may actually succeed. Bernie has already gone a long way towards transforming the Democratic Party into a much more people-centered party.

The 2016 Populist Uprising in Perspective: Part 3 - The History of Populism in the United States

Frank Islam | Posted 03.29.2017 | Politics
Frank Islam

No matter the final results of the presidential elections in November, 2016 will be forever known as the year of the uprising of the populists in both political parties.

The 2016 Populist Uprising in Perspective: Part 2 - The Development of Today's Populist Brands

Frank Islam | Posted 03.24.2017 | Politics
Frank Islam

The current socioeconomic conditions have created the climate for the emergence of these divergent populist brands today. It is the dramatic shift of the Republican Party to the right and the slow drift of the Democratic Party toward the center over time, however, that has contributed to and helped define the nature of the right and left wing versions of populism.

The 2016 Populist Uprising in Perspective: Part 1 - The Nature of Populism Today

Frank Islam | Posted 03.21.2017 | Politics
Frank Islam

No matter the final results of the presidential elections in November, 2016 will be forever known as the year of the uprising of the populists in both...

Trump's Religion Problem: Studies Find Tolerance Increases the More Faith Matters

David Briggs | Posted 03.22.2017 | Religion
David Briggs

A study of 13 European countries found that supporters of populist radical right parties were relatively non-religious. With the exception of Poland, higher levels of Christian religiosity were weakly or negatively associated with voting for the populist radical right.

Something Old, Something New in Donald Trump's Populism

Kirby Goidel | Posted 03.20.2017 | Politics
Kirby Goidel

Donald Trump's surprisingly successful presidential campaign accompanied by violence at campaign rallies and a general disregard for democratic norms are only the latest manifestation of this declining confidence. Trump would be impossible at a time or a place where democratic commitments were more robust and where the temptations of yielding to a strong leader who operates outside of the normal rules of the game were less pronounced.