The Good Fight
The Good Fight

The Failure of the Center-Right

Europe’s conservatives are failing to prevent the spread of right-wing authoritarianism.

Aug. 26 2018 1:04 PMThe Right Kind of PartisanJohn McCain respected those he profoundly disagreed with. His adversaries should do the same.
Aug. 13 2018 5:08 PMStrzok ShockThe FBI agent’s firing sets a dangerous precedent for the abuse of power.
July 24 2018 3:04 PMTrevor Noah Doesn’t Get to Decide Who’s FrenchThe Daily Show host says his critics in Europe missed the context of his World Cup commentary. But he’s making the same mistake.
July 11 2018 12:37 PMLeading From BelowHow populists can transform governments—even when they don’t lead them.
June 24 2018 11:27 PMTurkey’s WarningWhy Erdogan’s consolidation of power should be cause for concern in every liberal democracy.
June 14 2018 10:54 AMA New ChoiceMaine’s experiment in ranked-choice voting is a rare cause for optimism about our democracy.
May 31 2018 8:19 AMDestroying Democracy to Save ItThe president of Italy’s move to block the populists will only make them stronger.
May 11 2018 11:18 AMThe Red and the BrownItaly’s emerging political order shows how easily the far-left and far-right can join forces.
May 2 2018 3:01 PMIt’s Time for an Outrage ArmisticeHow to reach a truce in the culture war.
April 9 2018 2:58 PMHungary’s Election Was a Milestone in the Decline of DemocracyViktor Orbán disproves everything we thought we knew about the resilience of democratic institutions.
March 22 2018 2:39 PMNo, Really, DO NOT CONGRATULATE!Western media and leaders—Not Just Trump—are helping Putin legitimize his sham election victory.
March 8 2018 5:50 AMWhy Isn’t Trump President for Life Yet?He is following the same playbook as other authoritarian populists around the world. He’s just bad at it—so far.
Feb. 26 2018 2:42 PMThe Bunga Bunga Is BackWhat Berlusconi’s latest comeback tells us about the future of Trumpismo.
Feb. 12 2018 11:32 AMGermany’s Trumpian MomentEveryone can see the country’s political institutions breaking down, but nobody is doing anything to stop it.
Jan. 30 2018 10:25 AMDid McCabe Jump or Was He Pushed?Trump’s actions have given us no reason to give his administration the benefit of the doubt.
Aug. 23 2018 11:47 AMLight in the Darkest TimelineCould this week’s Manafort and Cohen developments finally do real damage to the Trump presidency? We’d better hope so.
Aug. 7 2018 12:14 PMLiberals Don’t Have to Defend Sarah Jeong’s TweetsThe impulse to bash “old white men” is satisfying, but it’s also wrong and counterproductive.
July 16 2018 3:40 PMAn “Extraordinarily” Trumpian Day in HelsinkiScenes like the Helsinki summit still seem strange to us. But we’re getting numb to them.
June 27 2018 8:44 PMSo Much For the InstitutionsKennedy’s retirement proves we can’t count on elites to constrain Trump’s worst excesses
June 20 2018 9:14 PMTrump Finally Went Too FarThe reaction to family separations proved the public outrage still matters—and that attitudes on immigration are more complicated than we often think.
June 8 2018 1:31 PMEven Canada Is Not Immune to the Rise of PopulismHow Doug Ford, brother of Rob Ford, quickly surged to drag the once-liberal bastion to the right.
May 23 2018 6:43 PMThe Conversations We Need to HaveA new forum for cross-partisan dialogue sparks a tiny bit of hope for the Trump era.
May 3 2018 10:29 AMBefore Making Peace With North Korea, Let’s Not Forget the North KoreansThe moral dilemma of sitting down with a leader like Kim Jong-un.
April 23 2018 1:29 PMStill the OneNo matter how blatantly Trump lies, voters (and Shania Twain) will see him as authentic. Here’s why.
April 2 2018 12:49 PMDon’t Brush Off Trump’s Attacks on BezosLiberals and Wall Street are far too relaxed about the implications of the president’s anti-Amazon ranting.
March 13 2018 1:36 PMThe Strongman GapThe good news: Trump is curing Americans of their desire for a strongman leader. The bad news: It’s becoming a partisan issue.
March 5 2018 1:54 PMThe Clowns Are in ChargeWhy Italy’s election result should alarm all of us.
Feb. 20 2018 11:28 AMWhy Are Democracies Bending Over Backward to Placate Dictatorships?A disturbing case in Germany highlights an alarming trend.
Jan. 30 2018 11:23 PMDonald Trump Just Asked Congress to End the Rule of LawThis should be the biggest headline of the speech.
Jan. 23 2018 10:47 AMTake the Win, DemocratsThe left has gotten so used to being sold out and betrayed that it can’t tell when it’s winning.