An Unexpected Democratic Revolt

The rise of candidates hailing from outside the class of professional politicians has led observers to accurately assess that the mood among average Republican voters is a rather dark one. Republicans who profess to pollsters their support for candidates like Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina are surely less fatalistic about the present state of affairs or the country’s future than are Donald Trump’s backers. The fact, however, that those who back these candidates make up a majority of the GOP electorate communicates clearly that Republican voters have adopted a semi-revolutionary disposition. Those political analysts who can so easily recognize a Republican revolt when they see one seem incapable of identifying a similar sense of restlessness on the Democratic side until it hits them in the face. The tipping point, at which it will no longer be possible to ignore the growing disquiet among Democratic primary voters, might be upon us.

104
Shares
Google+ Print

An Unexpected Democratic Revolt

Must-Reads from Magazine

The Revolution Eats Its Own

The revolution will not be tweeted.

Why do successful insurrectionary movements have a habit of eradicating their zealots and ideologues? Revolutionary movements can only succeed by radicalizing the public against existing power structures. Stable governments tend to see an ungovernable public as a liability, and those whose expertise is rendering the public ungovernable quickly transform from an asset into a menace.

8
Shares
Google+ Print

Gravity Waves Observed

A great leap forward.

One of the great events in the history of astronomical observation took place last August 17th.

11
Shares
Google+ Print

How Half-Measures Lead to Half-Nelsons

Podcast: Making a big deal out of baby steps.

On the first COMMENTARY podcast of the week, we take up the Trump White House’s move on the Iran deal, its declarations on health care, and its shifting policies on immigration and “Dreamers” and how they reveal that this revolutionary administration is actually engaging in half-measures that are designed to make everybody miserable. Give a listen.

1
Shares
Google+ Print

‘Never Again’ Is a Lie

This won't be the last time.

When does ethnic cleansing become genocide? If that tipping point has not already been reached in Burma, it may be coming soon.

40
Shares
Google+ Print

Everyone Owns the Iran Deal’s Deceits

The deal that cannot be undone.

From all the behind-the-scenes reporting, it seemed as though the Trump White House was of two minds on the Iran nuclear accords. The president wanted the deal gone, but his advisors feared that the risks of such a course outweighed the rewards for the United States. So President Trump gets to have it both ways.

23
Shares
Google+ Print