Right and Left Being Replaced by Open and Closed -- The ideological divide of right and left has persisted since the French Revolution when the Girondist supporters of the old regime sat on the right of the Convention Hall and the Montagnards who opposed them sat on the left. During the 19th and 20th centuries, these terms evolved such that the right was capitalist and the left socialist. Something is happening in the politics of the developed world that renders these two terms obsolete. The smart kids at the Economist have labeled the new dichotomy open versus closed. While the realignment will take a decade or two to be completed, their new terms seem to fit. [28 July]
Turkish Purge Progressing Apace -- A failed coup is always a good opportunity for a strong man to do some housecleaning. Turkish tough guy President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is making the most of his opportunity following a really poorly executed coup on July 15. He has blamed everything on an exiled Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen. According to Reuters, the president has "suspended, detained or placed under investigation more than 60,000 soldiers, judges, teachers, journalists and others suspected of ties to Gulen's movement." Despite the alleged complicity of a cleric, the result of the current purge is likely to be a less secular Turkey. [27 July]
Third Parties May Influence Senate Races, Not Presidency -- With Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton running for president despite being widely disliked across the country, the appeal of third party candidates is growing. There are actually dozens of people, perhaps a couple hundred, registered with the Federal Election Commission as candidates for the White House. Of those, two campaigns stand out; Gary Johnson and William Weld of the Libertarian Party and Jill Stein (whose choice of running mate has yet to be announced) of the Green Party. Neither will win the presidency, and it is highly unlikely that they will make a difference in the electoral college final tally. However, their efforts may influence the balance of the US Senate in the next congress [26 July]
Wikileaks Takes Down DNC Chair on Convention Eve -- The Bernie Sanders campaign spent quite a bit of time trying to interest the media in a story about Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her pro-Clinton bias. The media ignored the story until yesterday, shortly after Wikileaks released thousands of e-mails that proved the Sanders' claim. The Congresswoman is leaving her post immediately after the convention, which suggests the Clintonistas will be sorry to see her go, or she would be gone now. The DNC, of course, has never been neutral in the selection of candidates for the presidency, but the naive are appalled at this. Here, the position is a bit different. She and her posse need to be drummed out of the party for gross stupidity. Writing down the kinds of things in those emails is criminally dumb. [25 July]
Trump Changes Republican Philosophy -- In accepting the Republican nomination for the Presidency of the United States, Donald J. Trump spent 75 minutes delivering a speech that showed he has to practice using a teleprompter. The delegates cheered where appropriate, booed even louder the rest of the time, and the party faithful swallowed the feast of red meat without chewing much. However, Mr. Trump has also made some changes to the party's philosophy. If he wins, it will mark the end of the Reagan GOP. Nationalism will replace conservatism. [22 July]
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