Trumpism and Clintonism Are the Future

No matter who wins the New York primaries on Tuesday or which candidates end up as the presidential nominees of the two major parties, one thing is already clear: Trumpism represents the future of the Republicans and Clintonism the future of the Democrats. Those who see the nationalist populism of Mr. Trump as an aberration […]

Economic Growth vs. Social Insurance—Why Can’t We Have Both?

Why do Republicans on the campaign trail tend to emphasize policies that are focused on enhancing long-run economic growth while Democrats tend to focus more on immediate problems such as high unemployment? Republicans have a Club for Growth that grades politicians on their support of “free-market, limited government” policies that they believe are the key […]

The liberal war over the Obama legacy has already begun

The race for the Democratic nomination is a battle over the legacy of the Obama presidency. Hillary Clinton, completing her transition from rival to heir, lathers herself in that legacy whenever possible. Bernie Sanders offers a skeptical wag of the finger, his every call for revolution suggesting that so much hope has led to little […]

The Politics of Anger

CAMBRIDGE – Perhaps the only surprising thing about the populist backlash that has overwhelmed the politics of many advanced democracies is that it has taken so long. Even two decades ago, it was easy to predict that mainstream politicians’ unwillingness to offer remedies for the insecurities and inequalities of our hyper-globalized age would create political […]