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Trump and the politics of cultural despair

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, August 18, 2016 For some of us, the puzzle of this election is not why Donald Trump is doing so badly but why he is doing so well. Given his obvious lack of qualifications, his absurd proposals, his hypocrisy, his obnoxious rhetoric, his sheer incompetence as a candidate, why is he … Continue reading

It’s not just Trump: The GOP is not serious on the economy

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, August 11, 2016 In recent days, I have had a dream: that America has a real Republican Party, a party offering a serious right-of-center alternative to the Democrats. Such a contest of ideas would improve the public debate and offer Americans a real choice, not the cartoon campaign we have today. … Continue reading

The unbearable stench of Trump’s B.S.

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, August 4, 2016 A few days ago, I was asked on CNN to make sense of one more case in which Donald Trump had said something demonstrably false and then explained it away with a caustic tweet and an indignant interview. I replied that there was a pattern here and a … Continue reading

The Democrats’ big bet

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, July 28, 2016 I came to America in 1982, attracted to the country and interested in its politics. Those were days of economic trauma (a deep recession) and national security fears. And I came from India, where the conventional wisdom was quasi-socialist and anti-American. Still, I found myself fascinated by Ronald … Continue reading

America would be Trump’s banana republic

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, July 21, 2016 Over the years, I have watched campaigns in third world countries in which one candidate accuses the other of being a criminal, sometimes even threatening to jail his opponent once elected. But I cannot recall this happening in any Western democracy until this week. The Republican convention has … Continue reading

Obama’s Whac-A-Mole strategy

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, July 14, 2016 It has become conventional wisdom to note that President Obama has failed in his efforts to extricate the United States from military conflicts in the Middle East. Having promised to end these wars, he has in the past year expanded U.S. interventions in Iraq, Syria and other countries. … Continue reading

The politics of the future: Be open and armed

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, July 7, 2016 If Tony Blair is remembered in history only for his support of the Iraq War, that will be a tragedy. The former British prime minister was one of his generation’s most important political leaders, bringing the left out of the wilderness and reshaping it for the post-Cold War … Continue reading

The obvious Trump running mate? Bernie Sanders, of course

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, June 30, 2016 Republican leaders such as House Speaker Paul D. Ryan have explained that their core rationale in supporting Donald Trump is that only he can ensure the success of conservative, free-market ideas. The alternative, Ryan notes, is Hillary Clinton, who would simply continue Barack Obama’s policies. One wonders how … Continue reading

The GOP’s deafening silence on Trump

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, June 16, 2016 Once Donald Trump locked up the nomination, Republicans were confident about his next moves. He would tone down his rhetoric and pivot to the center. “Donald Trump understands that this is not a primary season anymore,” said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. Trump aide Paul Manafort explained … Continue reading

Can Hillary Clinton win?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, June 9, 2016 Hillary Clinton has had a good run in recent days. She delivered her best speech yet, secured the Democratic nomination, beat Bernie Sanders in California and received President Obama’s endorsement. But will this last? Can she win in November? Some scholars believe that the outcome of a presidential … Continue reading

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