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Democrats Need to Connect with Voters at the Gut Level

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- 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 now excellent research by political scientists and ...Read more

President Flip-Flop, I Hope

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- So Donald Trump now says, in an interview with The New York Times, that he believes there is some connection between human activity and climate change, that Hillary Clinton should not be prosecuted, and that, after one conversation with retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, he has changed his mind about waterboarding. One ...Read more

The two sins revealed by this election

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- For those of us who opposed Donald Trump, the response to Tuesday's vote could be anger or honest reflection. I'm not by nature an angry person, so I will try the latter.

Trump remade the political map with a huge surge of support from working-class whites, particularly in rural communities. Let me be honest, this is a world I...Read more

Why Donald Trump is Different

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Over the course of this campaign, I have heard from many people who have cheered my opposition to Donald Trump. But there are others who have objected, arguing that I was being biased, that Hillary Clinton had many flaws as well. So let me try to explain, one last time, why Donald Trump is worth special attention.

I am not a highly ...Read more

Trump Has Run the Worst Campaign in Modern History

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- As this presidential election draws to its close, I keep wondering: Why has Donald Trump run such an ineffective campaign? Trump began with three big advantages. The Democrats were seeking a third consecutive term in the White House, something that a political party has achieved only twice in the last 80 years. In addition, economic ...Read more

Why Surprise Attacks and Massive Bombing Won't Defeat Islamic State

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The battle for Mosul will soon demonstrate that the key to success is not that Washington should have surprised the Islamic State or "bombed the hell" out of it. Around 100,000 coalition forces are involved in helping liberate the city, backed by formidable American air power. They will face up to 5,000 Islamic State fighters. The ...Read more

The End of the Republican Party

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Politics is an enduring feature of human life, but political parties are mortal. This week we watched the beginning of the end of one of America's great, illustrious parties. The Republican Party, as we knew it, is dying.

The death of a party is not so unusual. Scholars divide American history into six distinct party systems, each ...Read more

Trump's Exposes the Corruption of the U.S. Tax Code

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Donald Trump has done America a great public service. No, really. By taking advantage of the country's tax laws in such spectacular fashion, he has shone a spotlight on the corruption that is at the heart of American politics -- the tax code.

When most people discuss taxes, they tend to talk about it in left-right terms. The right ...Read more

Can Republicans Be Rational, Not Tribal?

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

WASHINGTON -- 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 Brooks...Read more

The Center Can Still Hold

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- It's the annual gathering of world leaders in New York this week, and for most of them, it's time for group therapy. Around the globe, leaders of all stripes seem afflicted with the same malady: low approval ratings. Morgan Stanley's Ruchir Sharma has pointed out that the median approval rating for the leaders of the top 20 emerging ...Read more

Why We Are All Deplorables Now

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Whether you put them in a basket or not, the question of this election is -- who are Donald Trump's supporters? One way to answer is to widen its scope beyond the United States. Trump is part of a broad populist trend running across the Western world. Over the last few decades, we have seen the rise of populism -- both left- and ...Read more

How to Win the War on Terror

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, I was driving on the Long Island Expressway, heading out to a friend's house to spend a few weeks working on a book. An hour into my drive, I switched from music to news and listened with horror to reports that two large passenger planes had crashed into the World Trade Center. I turned around ...Read more

Barack Obama -- The Last Man Standing

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

As we are all consumed with the ups and downs on this bizarre campaign, President Barack Obama will make his last trip to Asia. The direct purpose of his trip to China is to attend a meeting of the G-20, but it is perhaps more importantly to breathe life into one of his big ideas -- the pivot to Asia. It is a genuinely important policy, but ...Read more

The World as Revealed by the Olympics

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The Olympics are over and the verdict is in -- America won. The United States left Rio with the most gold, silver and bronze medals. The last time a single nation topped all three categories was 40 years ago (except for boycotted games in 1980 and 1984). America's lead over the second-place finisher was 51 medals,Â...Read more

Trump and the Politics of Cultural Despair

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- 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 not down 10 points in every state?

In other words, who are Trump's ...Read more

My Dreams for a Different Republican Party

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- 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.

Donald Trump had the opportunity to reset his ...Read more

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