The Democrats’ problem is not the economy, stupid

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, June 29, 2017 The Democratic Party has reacted to its series of recent election losses by once again concluding that it needs a better economic message. As Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Sunday, “Democrats need a strong, bold, sharp-edged and common-sense economic agenda.” The only disagreement within the party … Continue reading

Democrats need to focus on the gut, not the head

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 As Democrats contemplate their losses in November’s election, most have settled on a solution. They believe that the party needs more economically populist policies. But this misses an essential reality: Most people don’t vote on the basis of policies. There is excellent research by political scientists and psychologists … Continue reading

Why Donald Trump is different

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, November 3, 2016 Over the course of this campaign, I have heard from many people who have cheered my opposition to Donald Trump. But others have objected, arguing that I was being biased, that Hillary Clinton has many flaws as well. So let me try to explain, one last time, why … Continue reading

Can Republicans be rational, not tribal?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, September 29, 2016 Donald Trump is a strange standard-bearer for Republicans. He espouses few of the party’s traditional positions and disavows most of its icons. Almost every important conservative publication — National Review, the Weekly Standard, Commentary — opposes him, as do most leading conservative pundits, from George Will to David … Continue reading

Obama is now alone in Washington

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, September 1, 2016 While we are consumed with the ups and downs of the bizarre U.S. presidential campaign, Barack Obama will make his last trip to Asia as president. The direct purpose of his trip to China is to attend a meeting of the Group of 20, but perhaps more importantly, … 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

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

Why the center holds, barely

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, February 25, 2016 “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.” It’s time to quote W.B. Yeats’s famous poem again. But this time, it really does seem that the political center is under intense pressure — from left and right — all over the Western … Continue reading

I called it ‘radical Islam.’ So what?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, December 17, 2015 “Radical Islamic terrorism.” Apparently, the phrase — if you can actually say it — has mystical powers. At Tuesday’s Republican debate, the candidates once more took pains to point out that they would speak the dreaded words that President Obama and Hillary Clinton dare not. “We have a … Continue reading

Let’s talk about bridges, not burrito bowls

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, April 23, 2015 The discussion of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy has, so far, thoroughly explored her video announcement, restaurant choices, clothes, health, ethics and, of course, husband. Relatively little attention has been devoted to her ideas — or the ones that should animate her campaign. The easiest way for Hillary Clinton to … Continue reading