Although a seemingly simple concept, the issue of polarization has long frustrated political scientists. A superficial examination of the American political scene suggests an intensely polarized electorate, divided along partisan and ideological lines.
Washington’s self-righteous establishmentarians talk of professionalism when they act unprofessionally. They refer at length to their intellectual and professional pedigrees when they prove incompetent. And they cite their morality and ethics when they possess neither.
French President Emmanuel Macron is meeting with President Trump today. That means Trump is meeting with the other great political disrupter on the world’s stage. He is also meeting with the leader of Europe. In less than one year, Macron has given France the international stature it has not enjoyed for more than a century.
Hoover Institution fellow Michael McFaul discusses the meeting between President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron and whether President Macron can convince President Trump to at least delay pulling out of Iran nuclear deal.
The spring issue of Hoover Digest is now available online. The journal focuses on topics both classical—the economy, personal freedom, the role of government—and timely, such as cybersecurity, terrorism, and geopolitical shifts.
Jonah Goldberg of National Review talks about his latest book, Suicide of the West, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Goldberg argues that both capitalism and democracy are at risk in the current contentious political environment. He argues that we take for granted what he calls "the miracle"--the transformation of the standard of living in the democracies with market economies.
Hoover Institution fellow Michael McFaul discusses the Steele dossier's validity and the possibility of Russia releasing any additional details regarding Trump’s alleged interactions with Vladimir Putin as detailed in the Comey memos.