Tag: Liberalism (US Politics)

Could Bloomberg Buy the Nomination?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Massive ad spending is boosting Michael Bloomberg’s 2020 presidential candidacy — and attracting negative attention from his rivals for the Democratic nomination. With Ross Douthat off this week, special guest Charlie Warzel, a Times […]

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The Trumpian Liberalism of Michael Bloomberg

Donald Trump is who he is as a politician because of his unapologetically racial vision of the American nation. Trump’s America is white, and he sees his job as protecting that whiteness from black and brown people who might come to the country or claim greater status within it. That’s what it meant to “make […]

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Democrats, Don’t Wish for Your Own Rogue

It is truly a devastating sight to watch liberals who have winced for years at Donald Trump’s issues on wealth, race and women allow fear, propaganda and influence mercenaries to push them into supporting a man who has his own issues concerning wealth, women and race. It is jaw-dropping to see people who have long […]

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No, This Isn’t Biden’s Fault

More than four years ago, in the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign, many progressives were hoping Elizabeth Warren would run. Only after she passed on the race — evidently deciding that Hillary Clinton was too strong to be beaten — did a less prominent progressive enter: Bernie Sanders. Last year, a different version of […]

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The Bloomberg Temptation

For a long time the notion of a Michael Bloomberg presidential candidacy seemed like a Manhattan fancy, a conceit with elite appeal but no mass constituency, a fantasy for Acela riders who imagine that the American people are clamoring for a rich person’s idea of centrism. This was especially true in the days when Bloomberg […]

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Are We Headed for a Bernie Sweep?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Is Bernie Sanders on an unstoppable path to the Democratic nomination — and if so, can he defeat President Trump in November? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists discuss the results of the […]

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America Needs the Left and Center to Get Along

It’s been a rough week for Democrats. President Trump is preening over his acquittal, his poll numbers and the economy, while the Democratic nomination race looks like a divided mess. Many Democratic voters are anxious that they have no great candidates, only those guaranteed to alienate one half of the party or the other. Moderates […]

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The Harrowing Chaos of the Democratic Primary

Although I’m a pessimist by nature, deep down I think I always believed that the Republic would survive Donald Trump. The majority of Americans have never accepted him, and his ascendancy fueled a nationwide civic awakening, starting with the Women’s March and proceeding through airport protests, health care town halls and finally the midterms. It’s […]

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What Did We Learn in Iowa?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher What does the debacle of the Iowa caucuses mean for the trajectory of the 2020 Democratic race? Fresh from a reporting trip to the Hawkeye State, Michelle Goldberg sees a Democratic electorate that’s neatly […]

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The Future of American Politics

Men and women are primarily motivated by self-interest. No other partial truth has done as much damage as this one. If you base your political and social systems on the idea that the autonomous self-interested individual is the basic unit of society, then you will wind up with an individualistic culture that widens the maneuvering […]

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Trump’s Best Case Against Impeachment

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher President Trump and his impeachment trial lawyers haven’t tried to mount a logical case against removing him from office. But what if they did? With Michelle Goldberg on assignment this week, Ross Douthat channels […]

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The Many Polarizations of America

This month has brought a surfeit of interesting new books about American politics, most of them attempts to explain exactly how we reached our current era of gridlock and demagogy, in which disliked establishments and disreputable populists clash by night. This task means that they are necessarily studies in polarization, in the roots of partisan […]

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The Bernie Juggernaut

A half-hour before a Bernie Sanders rally on Saturday night in Iowa, a line snaked around the nearly 900-seat Ames City Auditorium, but no one else was being let in: The theater was full. Inside, the Grammy-winning indie rock band Portugal. The Man was playing. Rows of people were assembled on risers behind the musicians, […]

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Why Democrats Still Have to Appeal to the Center, but Republicans Don’t

American politics has been dominated by the Democratic and Republican Parties since the Civil War. That gives us the illusion of stability — that today’s political divisions cut roughly the same lines as yesteryear. But in recent decades, the two parties have been changing, and fast. Those changes are ideological — the Democratic Party has […]

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The Darkness Where the Future Should Be

William Gibson, the writer who coined the term “cyberspace” and whose novel “Neuromancer” heavily influenced “The Matrix,” has spent a lifetime imagining surreal and noirish possibilities for human development. But Donald Trump’s victory threw him off balance. “I think it took me about three months to come out of the shock of his actually having […]

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Why Endorse Two Candidates?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Which 2020 Democratic contender would be the best nominee to take on President Trump? This year, the Times’s editorial board — a group of opinion journalists and editors separate from The Times’s op-ed columnists […]

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Why Trump Persists

The failure of the American electorate to rise up in opposition to President Trump — whose outrages are well-documented — suggests that voters are less tolerant, less empathetic and less insistent on integrity than many believe. The election of Trump and his first three years in office have revealed a nation deeply ambivalent about immigration, […]

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Could Bernie Sanders Win It All?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Has Bernie Sanders been woefully underestimated? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists discuss his rise in 2020 polling, his spat with his rival progressive Elizabeth Warren and whether Sanders has been given short […]

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