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In Defense of Globalization

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

DAVOS, Switzerland -- The World Economic Forum this year feels like an exercise in ritual self-flagellation, which -- as with the old Christian practice of fasting and whipping one’s own body -- is supposed to purify the sinful nature of man. The sin, of course, is globalization, which everyone now seems to agree has been lopsided, inequitable...Read more

The Political Briefing on Russia that Trump Should Get

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- I’m glad that Donald Trump will finally get a briefing on the unanimous conclusion of America’s intelligence agencies that the Russian government was behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman. But he should also request and receive a political briefing on Russia that can ...Read more

Illiberal Democracy in America

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Two decades ago, I wrote an essay in Foreign Affairs that described an unusual and worrying trend -- the rise of illiberal democracy. Around the world, dictators were being deposed and elections were proliferating. But in many of the places where ballots were being counted, the rule of law, respect for minorities, the freedom of the ...Read more

Why Would Trump Help Putin Achieve His Goals?

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Put his campaign rhetoric, tweets and appointments all together, and we’re getting a sense of American foreign policy under Donald Trump. The president-elect has consistently signaled that he wants to be accommodating toward Russia and get tough on China. But that sees the world almost backward. China is, for the most part, ...Read more

The Force Behind Populism Everywhere? Immigration.

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- 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 we are witnessing a populist trend around the world. The real question is, what is fueling its extraordinary rise?

Almost a month after Donald Trump’s election, Europeans went to the polls, with mixed ...Read more

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

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