How to lose a constitutional struggle 101

The inexplicable inaction of the Catalonian government following the referendum vote shifted the political initiatative back to the Spanish government, and has left seccesionists divided and demoralized

October 31, 2017
October 31, 2017

"Both Sides are in the Wrong" Seccesionist Gamesmanship in Spain and the Myth of Excessive Force

The Spanish government was in a no situation with regards to the Catalan referendum. Precedent showed that allowing it to proceed would have established its legitimacy, whereas enforcing the law was a PR disaster

October 3, 2017
October 3, 2017

The Fatal Lack of Republican Messaging on Healthcare

A flaw of Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare has been a lack of agreement on why they are doing so. With the most recent effort, there seems to have been a abandonment of even trying to claim healthcare will improve

September 21, 2017
September 21, 2017

European Elections 2017: The Far-Right recedes?

Upcoming elections in Austria, Germany, and Norway appear likely to be dissapointments for the far-right. But with the exception of Norway, this owes more to a resurgence of the center-right than a leftward swing

September 3, 2017
September 3, 2017

The cult of Robert E. Lee and may have served its purpose, but we need an alternative not erasure

The criticisms of the cult of the Confederacy in the South, that it excludes African Americans and minimizes the crimes of slavery are beyond a doubt true. But critics seem more interested in destroying idols than unity.

August 25, 2017
October 31, 2017

Interesting Numbers in Venezuala

Venezuela's recent Constituent Assembly elections were a mockery, but so is every other aspect of governance in the country at this point. The struggle is no longer about ideology, but rather power.

July 31, 2017
July 31, 2017

The Overdue Decision to Cut America's Losses in Syria

US aid to the Syrian opposition never had a political objective, and therefore lacked any viable military goals as well. The decision of the Trump Adminstration to terminate it will be spun as Pro-Russian, but is overdue

July 22, 2017
July 22, 2017

The "Soft Brexit" myth: If "Hard Brexit" is off the table, the UK should withdraw Article 50

It is now clear that on Brexit there is no "deal" to be made. If British voters truly value immigration control more than economics they need to be prepared to walk. And if they value economics, "Soft Brexit" is a fraud

June 29, 2017
June 29, 2017

Thoughts on the 2017 UK General Election

The implications of the Conservative government of Theresa May losing its majority in the House of Commons on June 9th, 2017 have dominated media discourse. Momentous enough, exageration has taken the place of analysis

June 14, 2017
June 14, 2017

Iran's Other Elections

For all the focus on Rouhani's reelection as President, the real shift in Iran happened downballot a delayed effect of how important the transfer of the Presidency in 2013 actually was despite the limitations.

May 22, 2017
May 22, 2017

Closing the Gap? The UK Elections 14 Days Out

Even before last nights YouGov and Survation polls the gap was already closing between Labour and the Tories. The dynamics of the campaign made this inevitable, just as they ensure the tough part lies ahead for Corbyn

May 20, 2017
May 21, 2017

28 Days out: The UK 2017 Elections

The first of several looks at the polling, campaigns, and dynamics of the UK 2017 election..

May 12, 2017
May 12, 2017

General Jackson is Dead Sir

Recent comments about the Civil War have reopened a debate that wrongly focuses on "what the Civil War was about?" rather than the more interesting question of why it had to be fought.

May 2, 2017
May 12, 2017

The Worst of Timing: Why Scotland's Second Bid for Independence Will Earn a Cold Shoulder From the EU

The decision of the Scottish Government to seek a second referendum is a gamble that the panic surrounding Brexit will disguise the fact that the prospects for an independent Scotland are worse than in 2014

March 16, 2017
March 27, 2017

A Feature, Not a Bug: Why May is using the status of EU Nationals to tempt her enemies into destruction

Theresa May's stubborness on the right of EU nationals to remain in the UK will force hard choices on many MPs. That is precisely why the Prime Minister is so insistent on doing it.

March 8, 2017
March 8, 2017

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