Looking for Hope in the Age of Trump

It has come to this: supposedly serious people have tried to find solace in the naked absurdity of what Mr. Trump is saying, reasoning that at the very least he couldn’t possibly sincerely mean it. Thus, in a contest for the most powerful office in the world, the thought that what the winner might do is a total mystery has become the optimistic telling. Continue reading

Possible Grexit Highlights Europe’s Real Deficit

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

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

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