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「サンダース世代」とは何か?社会主義者・サンダース氏を 若者が支持する理由

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 9:19 PM

サンダースを支持しているミレニアル世代は、大恐慌以来最悪といわれる経済の中で生きてきた。

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Generation Sanders

(508) Comments | Posted February 7, 2016 | 9:33 PM

For more than a year, my pragmatist friends and colleagues have under-estimated the appeal of Bernie Sanders. As a big Sanders win approaches in the New Hampshire primary, they insist that this will be Sanders' last hurrah and urge his supporters to get real and get with the program --...

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In Praise of Unrealistic Ideas

(110) Comments | Posted January 31, 2016 | 9:33 PM

The core blockage of American politics today is that nothing in mainstream debate is radical enough to fix what's broken in the economy. Today, the vast majority of Americans are being left far behind a halting economic recovery. The typical American family has not gotten a raise in more than...

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This Election Needs Michael Bloomberg (Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle)

(135) Comments | Posted January 24, 2016 | 8:57 PM

Just when Republicans were on the verge of blowing the election sky-high, with the race narrowing down to the bizarre and unelectable Donald Trump versus the despicable and unelectable Ted Cruz, we have an even wealthier billionaire coming in to split the Democratic vote.

As you have doubtless read...

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The Election Carnival Has Just Begun

(75) Comments | Posted January 17, 2016 | 7:38 PM

This could well be the first election since 2000 with an independent candidate. That has happened only four times in the past century, the others being 1912, 1948 and 2000.

And a three-way -- or even a four-way race --would be a wild card. It could take...

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Where Economic Distress Meets Political Dysfunction

(222) Comments | Posted January 10, 2016 | 10:18 PM

Summer is over. The harvest is in And we are not saved.

-- Jeremiah 8:20

The economy generated almost 300,000 jobs last year and cut the nominal unemployment rate to five percent. But family incomes for most people are still deeply depressed.

Yet a lot of experts seem to...

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Thinking Harder about Political Correctness

(403) Comments | Posted January 3, 2016 | 6:44 PM

Donald Trump and the rest of the Republican presidential pack have had a field day disparaging political correctness as an affliction of liberals that is resented by regular Americans. Some liberal commentators have suggested that political correctness has become a serious albatross for Democrats.

Columnist Thomas Edsall, in a piece...

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Democracy Trumped

(498) Comments | Posted December 27, 2015 | 9:30 PM

I've been having incessant conversations with friends, family and colleagues about politics, and they all boil down to the same question. Could Donald Trump be our next president?

Here is an amalgam of the conversation. See which side you're on:

- I think Trump might actually win.

- You mean...

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A Big Win for Planned Parenthood

(373) Comments | Posted December 20, 2015 | 8:11 PM

Little noticed in the deal that Congress approved Friday is the fact that the anti-abortion lobby got wiped out. The deal included no provisions cutting funding for Planned Parenthood -- an issue on which Republicans have been prepared to shut down the government in past budget fights.

Nor did...

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Thinking About President Trump

(206) Comments | Posted December 13, 2015 | 8:59 PM

It appears that nothing Donald Trump says deflates his standing in the polls. The more outlandish his comments, the more his support grows.

The Washington Post recently reported on a focus group conducted by arch-Republican strategist Frank Luntz with 29 Trump supporters. Literally no argument Luntz could devise shook...

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How ISIS and Trump Enable Each Other

(114) Comments | Posted December 6, 2015 | 9:39 PM

ISIS is the best thing that happened to Donald Trump since he narrowly averted bankruptcy as a real estate mogul. And Donald Trump is the best thing to happen to ISIS since George W. Bush blew up the status quo in the Middle East by needlessly invading Iraq.

The new...

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Black Lives Matter -- and Beyond

(84) Comments | Posted November 29, 2015 | 10:28 PM

College campuses, from Yale to Claremont, are awash in black protest, to a greater extent than any time since the 1960s. It has struck conservatives as odd that protest against lingering racism is coming from the most privileged of African-Americans, most of them on full scholarships at elite...

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Quiet Desperation and American Fascism

(269) Comments | Posted November 22, 2015 | 9:59 PM

There's a must-read article if you want to understand why Democrats are losing the support of low income people who benefit from government programs like Medicaid and food stamps and logically should vote for Democrats based on pocketbook interests.

Alec MacGillis, of ProPublica, writing in the New York Times Sunday...

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A Grand Bargain With Putin Against ISIS?

(257) Comments | Posted November 15, 2015 | 9:01 PM

What follows is not very pretty. But it may be the best option available in a crisis without good options.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made no secret of the fact that he would like some kind of political settlement with the West. The German magazine Der Spiegel has just...

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Raising Rates: A Bad Idea Whose Time Has Come

(60) Comments | Posted November 8, 2015 | 8:25 PM

What is it with the Federal Reserve? Anticipating a decent job-creation rate, Chair Janet Yellen told Congress Wednesday that the central bank is likely to hike interest rates next month after all.

According to the Labor Department's latest jobs report released Friday, unemployment ticked downward...

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Who Will Be Hillary's Economic Team?

(204) Comments | Posted November 1, 2015 | 9:03 PM

Ever since she faced a stronger than expected challenge from her left, Hillary Clinton has been sounding more progressive than expected on economics. Let's hope she means it.

She has come out against the Keystone Pipeline, against the really dubious Trans-Pacific Partnership, in favor of substantial debt relief for college...

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Racism Hidden in Plain View

(259) Comments | Posted October 25, 2015 | 10:26 PM

One of the odd things about our era is that 50 years after the great civil rights era, ugly realities that the black community knows all too intimately are finally being recognized by the broader society. The question is whether constructive change will result.

The Sunday New York...

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Hillary: Not Out of the Woods Yet

(234) Comments | Posted October 18, 2015 | 11:38 PM

Whenever it appears that frontrunner Hillary Clinton has finally caught a break, along come reminders of the unexploded time-bombs that still lie waiting, just up the campaign trail. Take the email scandal (please). As Bernie Sanders pointed out during the CNN debate, in an uncharacteristic moment of courtliness, people are...

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What to Watch for in Tuesday's Debate

(135) Comments | Posted October 11, 2015 | 11:20 PM

Tuesday's Democratic debate is a very big deal, especially for front-runner Hillary Clinton. Bernie Sanders will probably exceed expectations because many viewers will be seeing him for the first time, certainly for the first time against Clinton. The other three candidates will likely find themselves far back -- this is...

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Bernie Sanders Is About as Radical as Harry Truman

(243) Comments | Posted October 4, 2015 | 11:18 PM

The mainstream media continues to be shocked that Bernie Sanders keeps gaining traction against frontrunner Hillary Clinton. However, if you look at what Sanders actually stands for, it is well within the mainstream of what used to be the Democratic Party.

Ever since Jimmy Carter, it has been...

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