Bullshit on the Stump: The Highs and Lows of US Politics

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Normally, I shy away from adult language; but from time to time it helps to dispense with formalities and, for the sake of clarity, call a spade a spade. Following the example of philosopher Harry Frankfurt, today’s post will focus on the high art of American political bullshit. Continue reading

Possible Grexit Highlights Europe’s Real Deficit

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There has been much talk over the last few years of Europe’s budgetary deficits and of its democratic deficit, but Europe’s more troubling deficit might be its constitutional deficit. Simply put, Europeans are not clear among themselves on how difficult decisions are to be made, how the pain for such decisions is to be shared, and, more basically, the nature of their mutual obligations. Continue reading

The Court’s Decision on Same-Sex Marriage Isn’t the End of the Line

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Last Friday, the Supreme Court handed down one of its most anticipated rulings. In a 5-4 decision, the Court found that gay people have a Constitutional right to marry and in so doing, marked a definitive inflection point in the country’s evolution on equal rights. But there’s still a lot of work to be done. Continue reading

Briefing the UK’s Election – and Why it Matters to Americans

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The 2016 election, it would seem, has been going on for years. In contrast, the British just managed to pull theirs off in a few short months. In a surprise, the Conservatives won a decisive victory – and there are good reasons for Americans to pay attention. Continue reading

The Electoral System is Broken, Time for Something Radical – Part II

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All the obvious pathways to electoral reform are dead ends – if anything meaningful is going to happen, it needs to happen in a new way. That way might be an effort to try something that hasn’t been tried since 1787: call a constitutional convention. Continue reading

The Electoral System is Broken, Time for Something Radical – Part I

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Pessimism about campaign finance reform is well-placed. It’s a problem that an overwhelming majority of Americans can see, and that politicians readily pay lip service to. But if you’re waiting for Washington to fix it, you’re going to be waiting a long time. If anything is going to get better, it’s going to take something radical. Continue reading

Time for Rand Paul’s Political Obituary

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Rand Paul just declared has candidacy for President, and is possibly the most intriguing of this year’s candidate stable. Equipped with a potent activist base and ideas that resonate with a diversity of voters, it might seem premature to declare the end of his presidential candidacy, but The Fog of Policy thinks it helps to call a spade a spade: Rand Paul will never be President. Continue reading