How policies get dropped and positions reversed.


Political policy changes constantly in a democracy. It does so primarily in response to the changing concerns of its electorate, because by addressing these concerns, politicians hoping to gain office naturally expect to attract votes by catering to these concerns. When the economy is prosperous and the employment rate is high, the electorate’s concerns tend … Continue reading

America is throwing another Tea party.


For those of you not aware of it, there is a grass-roots movement in America called the Tea party that in its two scant years of existence has become significantly influential. It is not as such a political party but rather a loose collection of diverse individuals. It seems to me that they represent a … Continue reading

A decisive minority of idiots, fashionistas and the innocent.


Politics is all about getting voted into power. If you don’t get voted in, you’re a loser – that’s it. There are no prizes for second place; it’s defeat any way you cut it. All political analysis starts and ends with that. No matter how high-principled a politician is, that’s the imperative they’ve got to work … Continue reading