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  • Economy • Campaign • Living Standards
    James Morris - 13 November 2013
    Elections framed in terms of austerity vs anti-austerity favours the right. Election framed as austerity vs living standards favours the left.
  • State of the Left - U.S
    Michael Lind - 05 November 2013
    The destructive brinkmanship over the debt ceiling looks set to continue as disapproval ratings of the US Congress soar.
  • US • Inequality • Institutions
    Joe Guinan - 01 October 2013
    In neighbourhoods across America ever more people are using economic alternatives to build new wealth collectively from the bottom up.
  • US • Obama • Political Capital
    Michael Lind - 18 September 2013
    Barack Obama has unusually depleted political capital as he goes into contentious debt ceiling negotiations with Republicans later this year.
  • US • Obama • Democrats
    Michael Lind - 27 June 2013
    A series of “legacy” initiatives rolled out by the Obama administration have been overshadowed by major controversies.
  • U.S. • Progressivism • Grand Bargain
    Michael Lind - 30 April 2013
    The Social Security reforms proposed by the Obama administration have delighted Republicans and angered the Democratic base.
  • US • Politics • Obstructionism
    Michael Lind - 13 February 2013
    Despite a rousing second inaugural address in defense of the role of progressive government, Barack Obama faces a protracted period of legislative trench warfare.
  • US • Election • Partisanship
    Michael Lind - 19 December 2012
    The “emerging Democratic majority” finally made their mark in 2012 and the long-term implications for US politics are significant.
  • US • Election • Identity Politics
    Michael Lind - 01 November 2012
    Obama’s strategy for re-election has foresworn any inspiring vision for a second term.  Instead, his campaign has focused on identity politics and the “emerging Democratic majority”.
  • SOTL • U.S. • Election
    Michael Lind - 11 September 2012
    A reflection of the zero-sum politics of the Great Recession, the most likely outcome of the 2012 election is either divided government or Republican domination

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