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Blog Profile / Democracy in America


URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica
Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
Posts on Regator:1760
Posts / Week:9.8
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Motoring forward

ON SUNDAY the Tigers, Detroit’s baseball team, qualified for the World Series playoffs (pictured). Fans hope this could be the Tigers’ year. Some see this as yet another sign that things are taking a turn for the better in this otherwise beleaguered, bankrupt city. Show More Summary

In defence of spontaneous order

AMONG the " manifestly silly and occasionally harmful positions " espoused by libertarians, "t he idea of spontaneous order might be the silliest and most harmful of all", says Damon Linker in a much-read post at the Week. This took me by surprise. Show More Summary

I give you Narendra Modi

“YEAH, go that way,” yells a frazzled cop guarding a security cordon outside Penn Station. Narendra Modi, India’s Prime Minister, is the pain-in-the-ass who is snarling traffic around Madison Square Garden, an arena normally graced by WrestleMania, the Knicks and the Rolling Stones. Show More Summary

Who will replace him?

ERIC HOLDER has announced he is stepping down after six years as attorney general. Perhaps the most influential member of Barack Obama’s cabinet, Mr Holder has inflamed Republicans by advancing an agenda that is unusually progressive for the head of America’s justice department. Show More Summary

I dither

JANE AUSTEN’S characters took it for granted that men with money made more eligible mates. “A man like that is hard to find, but I can’t get him off my mind,” lamented the female vocalists of ABBA. A new study from the Pew Research Centre, a think-tank, finds that little has changed. Show More Summary

Consensus, but for what?

WITH remarkable speed, a broad American consensus has formed in support of air strikes against the Islamic State, even if that means taking the fight across the Iraqi border into Syria. Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress have offered bipartisan support to a first wave of overnight strikes in Syria. Show More Summary

In defence of Thomas Frank

THOMAS FRANK'S column denouncing political science for undermining progressivism and the Democratic Party has spent a week serving as a piñata for mainstream liberals and political-science wonks. Mr Frank has been widely ridiculed for...Show More Summary

Unprecedentedly dysfunctional

“IF I sponsor a bill declaring apple pie American, it might fall victim to partisan politics,” declared Barack Obama over the summer. His statement came in a speech on the border crisis, but could have been made about any number of recent issues. Show More Summary

The secessionist temptation

EVERY once in a while, often with no prompting whatsoever from Scotland, people in some area of America start talking about secession. The most famous recent instance of secession talk involved comments made by Rick Perry, the Republican governor of Texas, in 2009. Show More Summary

Special delivery

ACTIVISTS on warring sides of the abortion debate rarely take the same position when it comes to Supreme Court cases involving women’s rights. But pro-choicers and pro-lifers have found common cause in Young v United Parcel Service, a pregnancy discrimination case the justices will take up on December 3rd. Show More Summary

How to make libraries exciting

THE central branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia is an impressive building—its neoclassical facade looming over most of a block. But inside, though chandeliers still hang from the ceilings and the floors are of polished marble, there is a feeling of neglect. Show More Summary

Seeking change

GOFUNDME bills itself as a crowdfunding site where visitors can discover “Amazing Stories from Incredible People”. A swift scroll through the projects does yield some impressive stories—a special-needs teacher who got hit by a car trying...Show More Summary

The politics of outrage

NO pastime unites America like the National Football League (NFL). During the 2013 autumn season, 34 of the 35 most-watched shows on television were NFL games. Though non-Americans may puzzle over the game’s allure, football offers advertisers one of the last chances to reach huge, real-time audiences. Show More Summary

Slowly, slowly

THE economic recovery since the Great Recession has been subdued by historic standards. Typical families have born the brunt of this sluggish growth, thanks to rising inequality. But there are signs that even if things aren’t getting better for these families, they have stopped getting worse. Show More Summary

Shelved

THE central branch of the Free Philadelphia Library is an impressive building—its neoclassical facade looming over most of a block. But inside, though chandeliers still hang from the ceilings and the floors are of polished marble, there is a feeling of neglect. Show More Summary

Analysts and evangelists

A RECENT article by Ezra Klein on the theme of "How political science conquered Washington" has sent Thomas Frank, a progressive firebrand and author of "What's the Matter with Kansas", into a tizzy. "Nearly every aspect of this argument annoyed me", Mr Frank confesses. Show More Summary

Serving up pre-cooked meat

THE one thing about Hillary Clinton that currently excites Iowa Democrats is the idea that she might seek the presidency. For the moment, it probably does not matter that her return to Iowa on September 14th—her first visit after her...Show More Summary

Riling the juggernaut

HERE'S a simple question: would Barack Obama have gone on prime-time TV to announce a new military campaign in Iraq and Syria had Islamic State (IS) not distributed savvily-produced videos depicting the beheadings of two American journalists? I doubt it. Show More Summary

She's in harness now

“WE WANT to alternate ‘Ready’ and ‘Thank You Tom!’ signs all the way down,” volunteers were told by a staffer for Ready For Hillary, the shadow presidential campaign machine being built by fans of Hillary Clinton, should she decide to seek the White House in 2016. Show More Summary

High anxiety

AN NBC News/Wall Street Journal opinion poll this week revealed a collapse in American public confidence that the country is safer than before the September 11th attacks. Analysts traced that collapse directly to news reports of the beheading of two American journalists by the murderous fanatics of the Islamic State (IS). Show More Summary

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