An attempt to explain the consequences of institutional design.
An attempt to explain the consequences of institutional design.
The Moore situation illustrates the nonhierarchical nature of US parties. This is nothing new.
A complicated concurrence to Steven Taylor’s recent postings.
The ‘No Labels’ movement is back, and it’s as irrelevant to contemporary politics as ever.
A Duke history professor uncovers “stealth plan” by “fifth columnists” who are seeking to overthrow democracy in the U.S. for their plutocrat masters.
Worth a read at the Monkey Cage: President Trump couldn’t pass Obamacare repeal. This is why.
“We had no Democratic support. They weren’t going to give us a single vote.” — President Donald J. Trump. Indeed: when one tries to repeal a major piece of Democratic legislation, and one’s party does so without any attempt to negotiate before the vote, one tends not to get Democratic votes. Further, when the Republicans […]
Via the NYT: Wealthy Would Get Billions in Tax Cuts Under Obamacare Repeal Plan It is not unusual for tax cuts to benefit mostly the wealthiest, but still save some money for a majority of Americans. But the benefits of these reductions would be aimed squarely at the top. […] People making $200,000 to $999,999 a […]
Megaprojects are not a partisan thing. Megaprojects are large projects typically costing more than $1 billion and often tens of billions of dollars and impacting the lives of tens of thousands of people if not millions.
Yet more incoherent economic policy from the Tweeter in Chief. A border tax will mean that Americans will undoubtedly pay for at least part of the Great Wall of Trump™.
Concepts, basic applications, and even a bibliography! Merry Festivus, everyone.
Congressional term limits are a good idea, but they are only a partial solution at best and may not be the best solution to the problems facing our political system.
Democracy produces good rulers, right? Sometimes. What good democracies actually produce best is good losers. Let us then be grateful for gracious losers, for our losers no less than our winners carry forward the American experiment in self-rule.
Reports of the demise of the Democratic Party have been greatly exaggerated.
With Donald Trump on the ballot, Bill Maher regrets some past words. He shouldn’t be the only one.
Damon Linker writes, “Millions of people disagree with your political views. That doesn’t make them moral monsters.”
Political Science research suggests that the election is, in basic ways, about what we would expect.
The Republican nominee is threatening our fragile democracy.
Giving credit where credit is due, via NPR: Mic Check: There Was Something Up With Donald Trump’s Debate Mic “Regarding the first debate,” the commission said in a statement, “there were issues regarding Donald Trump’s audio that affected the sound level in the debate hall.” NPR has reached out to the commission for more information but […]
The idea that Donald Trump has gotten his racialized rhetoric from libertarians is simply errant nonsense. The libertarian view, broadly speaking, is not defined by Murray Rothbard, Llewellyn Rockwell, and Ron Paul and those who share their views. This is but a small and even fringe group of what could be called the libertarian community.
One result from the new NBC News poll shows us how important it is to pay attention to how poll questions are phrased.
Given the consequences of a Brexit, one wonders why the referendum didn’t require more than just a simple majority to pass.
With two former Republican governors running under its banner, is there such a thing as a “Libertarian Party”?
Top officials of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have taken jobs in the industry they were regulating.
The rise of Trump and Sanders has resurrected a debate as old as Western civilization.
Primary turnout is not predictive of general election outcomes.
So, there is this (via CNN): Donald Trump: ‘I think Islam hates us’ Donald Trump said Wednesday that he thinks “Islam hates us,” drawing little distinction between the religion and radical Islamic terrorism. “I think Islam hates us,” Trump told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, deploring the “tremendous hatred” that he said partly defined the religion. He […]
This year’s Nevada Caucuses are a good argument for why there should not be any more caucuses.
Reports of discrepancies in the counting of ballots in the Democratic Caucus in Iowa reveal yet again why the caucus process is outdated and ought to be abandoned.
With a tip of the hat to occasional OTB contributor Chris Lawrence.
Well, so much for getting a month into the year without for forgetting a Friday. At any rate, this seems an appropriately themed image for the season: “Confused Democracy” June 20, 2011 Pike Road, AL
A useful primer: Statistical terms used in research studies: A primer for media.
There have been many arguments that polling has over-stated Donald Trump’s actual level of support among likely Republican voters, but there’s also a good argument that they are understating it and that Trump may do better when people start voting than many think.
The quadrennial fantasy of a brokered convention, which American politics has not seen since 1952, is rearing its head again, and it’s no more likely now than it was when we talked about this four years ago.
Why Republicans nominate moderates for president and not other offices.
Forget about Congress, the real story going forward is likely to be Republican dominance of state legislatures nationwide.
Today, many states and municipalities are having elections that will mostly attract Democrats.
We are still a ways from actual voting–this needs to be remembered.
Or, at least, a key challenge. Via the Monkey Cage: No, we’re not arguing from the same facts. How can democracies make good decisions if citizens are misinformed? Widely shared misinformation hampers democracy because it makes it difficult for groups of people to take effective and appropriate action on shared civic problems. Indeed. I recommend […]
While “fundamentals” will have more impact on choosing our next president than what happens on the campaign trail, the race itself is important.
One of the things that a politicians can do to immediately underscore to me their total cynicism vis-a-vis their own supporters is to propose a constitutional amendment on a highly controversial subject. To wit (via Bloomberg): Ted Cruz Introduces Bills to Stop Gay Marriage Days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex marriage, […]
49 “experts in governance and democracy” to call for nonsensical reforms to the presidential debates.
Rand Paul is carrying on a family tradition, winning the CPAC straw poll won many times by his father Ron.
Via the BBC: Rouble turmoil leads to Apple halting online sales in Russia Technology giant Apple says it cannot sell products online in Russia because the rouble’s value is too volatile for it to set prices. The company stopped sales of its iPhones, iPads and other products in the country after a day in which […]