There’s a middle ground on immigration. Both sides refuse to find it.

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Jan. 18, 2017 Emmanuel Macron is today the most admired world leader among liberals, centrists and cosmopolitans around the globe. He has managed to win the French presidency, enact reforms and stay relatively popular — all while speaking positively about the free market, the European Union, globalization and trade. He has … Continue reading

Steve Bannon has a point

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 The fire and fury over Michael Wolff’s book has largely centered on the personalities and power struggles within the White House. But behind all of that lies an important political development, one that explains the real rift between President Trump and his former chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon. … Continue reading

Maybe Trump knows his base better than we do

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 Watching the Republican tax plan race through Congress, one is reminded of a big apparent difference between President Trump’s program and other populist movements in the Western world. In the United States, Trump is leading something that is best described as plutocratic populism, a mixture of traditional populist … Continue reading

The Democrats should rethink their immigration absolutism

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 In 1992, the Democratic Party faced a challenge on the issue of abortion. Pennsylvania’s governor, Robert Casey, a Democrat dedicated to the working class, asked to speak at the national convention in New York City. He wanted to propose a pro-life plank for the party platform, mostly as … Continue reading

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

The force behind populism everywhere? Immigration.

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 A joke among journalists is that we are taught to count: “one, two, trend.” But at this point, I think it’s fair to say that we are witnessing a populist trend around the world. The real question is, what is fueling its extraordinary rise? Almost a month after … Continue reading

America is being changed – but by whom?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, February 11, 2016 It is the line that might have sunk a presidential campaign. “[Barack Obama] knows exactly what he’s doing,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said at Saturday’s debate (again and again and again). “[He] is undertaking a systematic effort to change this country, to make America more like the rest … Continue reading

Trump and the Republican crack-up

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, November 12, 2015 Today’s conventional wisdom is that Donald Trump’s best days are behind him and that his poll numbers will soon descend. Maybe. But Trump has come to represent something fundamental about the Republican Party: the growing gap between its leaders and its political constituency. Even if he disappears, this … Continue reading

Broken and Obsolete

An immigration deadlock makes the U.S. a second-rate nation By Fareed Zakaria As the American economy sags, the race for the presidency gets tighter—except in one dimension. Hispanic Americans continue to support Barack Obama by an astonishing 61%-to-27% margin. Were Obama to win, it might well be because of his attitudes on one issue: immigration. … Continue reading