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Wall Street Journal (December 4)

2018/ 12/ 05 by jd in Global News

“A carbon tax is in theory a more efficient way than regulation to reduce carbon emissions. But after decades of global conferences, forests of reports, dire television documentaries, celebrity appeals, school-curriculum overhauls and media bludgeoning, voters don’t believe that climate change justifies policies that would raise their cost of living and hurt the economy.”

 

Wall Street Journal (October 22)

2017/ 10/ 24 by jd in Global News

“Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won his third consecutive landslide victory on Sunday. That doesn’t mean voters are enamored of the man who is on track to become Japan’s longest-serving leader. Local commentators attribute his victory to TINA, short for ‘there is no alternative,’ and they have a point.”

 

The Economist (October 21)

2017/ 10/ 22 by jd in Global News

“Populism’s wave has yet to crest.” Yet the gestures Trump is making “to his angry base” are unlikely to bring relief. “The demise of NAFTA will disproportionately hurt the blue-collar workers who back Mr Trump. Getting tough on immigrants will do nothing to improve economic conditions.” Instead, “mainstream parties must offer voters who feel left behind a better vision of the future, one that takes greater account of the geographical reality behind the politics of anger.”

 

The Economist (August 27)

2017/ 08/ 29 by jd in Global News

“In the wreckage of the Arab world today, many act as if the idea that Islamists can play a useful democratic role is broken, too. They are being repressed anew by reactionary regimes, challenged by violent jihadists and looked upon with suspicion by voters whom they failed…. Yet the blanket repression of all Islamists is the worst possible response. In the end, it will lead only to more resentment, more turmoil and more terrorism.”

 

LA Times (January 1)

2017/ 01/ 02 by jd in Global News

Americans want Trump to succeed. In a recent “Pew poll, most voters who supported Hillary Clinton said they were willing to give Trump a chance. But he’s on thin ice. Even among his voters, Trump’s honeymoon could turn out to be short.”

 

New York Times (August 12)

2016/ 08/ 13 by jd in Global News

“When Mr. Trump fans racist rage against the president, suggests that gun owners take up arms against Mrs. Clinton, or speaks darkly of a ‘rigged’ election, he is not trying to woo Republican skeptics, independents or undecided voters. He is appealing to the mob.”

 

Los Angeles Times (July 24)

2016/ 07/ 25 by jd in Global News

“Clinton will, and should, use her acceptance speech to provide a vision of what she hopes to accomplish as president and to excoriate Trump for his extremism.” She must also “work hard to make voters trust her. She is a steady and serious candidate with a commanding grasp of the issues. Going beyond her usual perfunctory defensive responses is an important step toward winning voters to her side.”

 

The Economist (July 2)

2016/ 07/ 03 by jd in Global News

“It is now a week since voters narrowly opted for Brexit, and the country has seldom looked so wildly off the rails. The prime minister has handed in his notice. The leader of the opposition is struggling to survive a coup. The pound hit a 31-year low against the dollar and banks lost a third of their value, before stabilising. Meanwhile there is talk in Scotland and Northern Ireland of secession.”

 

Washington Post (June 24)

2016/ 06/ 26 by jd in Global News

“British voters have defied the will of their leaders, foreign allies and much of the political establishment by opting to rupture this country’s primary connection to Europe in a stunning result that will radiate economic and political uncertainty across the globe.”

 

The Economist (June 4)

2016/ 06/ 06 by jd in Global News

Swiss voters will go to the polls on Sunday to decide whether to adopt a basic income for all citizens. Smaller experiments are underway in Finland and the Netherlands, but fundamentally “basic income is an answer to a problem that has not yet materialized…. A universal basic income might just make sense in a world of technological upheaval. But before governments begin planning for a world without work, they should strive to make today’s system function better.

 

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