The Good Fight
The Good Fight

A New Choice

Maine’s experiment in ranked-choice voting is a rare cause for optimism about our democracy.

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.
Jan. 8 2018 12:31 PMThe Insanity OffenseWhy calling Trump mentally ill doesn’t solve anything.
Dec. 13 2017 4:55 PMThe Banality of GoodDoug Jones’ victory shows that the old rules of politics still apply in the age of Trump.
Nov. 20 2017 11:39 AMThe End of German StabilityThe collapse of coalition talks bodes badly for Angela Merkel, and for democratic governments everywhere.
Nov. 6 2017 2:15 PMNot Everything Is TerrorismWhile calling out the right’s double standards on mass violence, the left has developed its own form of intellectual dishonesty.
Oct. 24 2017 3:56 PMWe Still Need the Hopey-Changey StuffA new speech by Barack Obama should remind the left that only optimism can get us through the Trump years.
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.
Jan. 17 2018 6:00 AMNormalizing the AbnormalWe haven’t stopped finding Trump bizarre, we’ve just gotten used to him. That may be worse.
Jan. 2 2018 11:59 AM2018: The Year We Fight BackWhy this new year calls for cautious optimism.
Dec. 4 2017 1:56 PMWhat We Talk About When We Talk About Donald TrumpI’ve never been more worried about how Americans would respond to a murderous authoritarian government.
Nov. 9 2017 11:55 AMMonopoly PowerWhy the Justice Department’s demand that Time Warner sell CNN is a troubling subversion of democracy.
Oct. 29 2017 10:22 PMDon’t Wait for Trump to Fire MuellerThe time to start fighting back is now, not after the president crosses another red line.
Oct. 17 2017 10:10 AMTrump Is Not the Failure He Appears to BeA lot of people laughed when the president claimed to be “ahead of schedule,” but he’s not wrong.