Politics Information

To Grow Out Of Unemployment

There is a connection between economic growth and unemployment. There is a connection between growth and inflation. Therefore, commonsense (and financial theory) goes, there must be a connection between inflation and unemployment. A special measure of this connection is the Non Accelerating Inflation Rate of Unemployment (NAIRU). Supposedly, this is the rate of unemployment which still does not influence inflation. If unemployment goes below NAIRU, inflationary pressures begin to exert themselves.

This is closely linked to the other concepts, those of "structural", "frictional" and "conjectural or cyclical" unemployment types.

Some unemployment, the theory, goes is frictional. It is the inevitable result of a few processes:

  • Labour Mobility - People move from one job to another, either because they are fired or because they seek to improve their lot. In the intervening period between leaving an old workplace and finding another, they are unemployed.

  • Labour Force Expansion - Every year there are new entrants to the labour market. Generations mature and are ripe to be part of the labour force. Until they find their first job - these new participants are unemployed.

  • Seasonal and Part Time Employment - Some professions are seasonal by their nature (a hotel in a resort hotel, for instance). These workers join the ranks of the unemployed at certain times and desert them seasonally. Other workers prefer to work part time or in the "Grey" or "Black" economy. They go unreported or report themselves as unemployed, thus distorting the true picture of unemployment.

The frictional type of unemployment is a sign of economic health. It indicates a dynamic economy in fast development. It is a sign of labour mobility, of labour flexibility (part time solutions and flexitime) and of labour adaptability. This cannot be said about the second, more insidious, type, the structural unemployment. It is this kind of unemployment which really bothers governments and worries social planners. It has long term psychological and social effects and limits both economic growth and social cohesion. It is also the most difficult to battle.

Usually, it is the result of ingrained, long term and structural processes and changes in the economy and cannot be fought with artificial one-time measure (employment initiated by the state or fiscal stimulus intended to encourage employment). Among the factors which create it:

  • Technological change - new professions are created, old ones lose their lustre and, ultimately, their place in the economy. New professions, connected to new technologies, emerge. Some workers can be retrained but even this takes time (in which they might, technically, be defined as unemployed). Others cannot be retrained and they join the ranks of the long term unemployed, swelling structural unemployment.

  • Changes in Consumer Preferences - Fashions change, mass consumption patterns alter, emphases on certain goods and services shift. Today's hot item is tomorrow's dead one. Whole industries can and are effected by these tectonic shifts.

  • Globalization and Cross Border Labour Mobility - Labour mobility is intentionally encouraged, the world over. Economic unions and trade pacts include social or labour chapters. The most notable example is NAFTA which created hundreds of thousands of new jobs in Mexico and in the USA. As companies go multinational, as production processes become global, as services and goods are exported and imported within a rising tide of international trade, as international brands develop - the biggest restructuring of labour markets is taking place across the globe in rich and poor countries alike. Consider the clear erosion of the power of the trade unions or the cheap labour available in Central and Eastern Europe and in parts of Southeast Asia. These cause jobs (even skilled ones) to be reallocated across political borders.

  • Skill Acquisition Failure - People who failed to acquire the minimum education necessary to participate in today's workforce (secondary high school) are doomed to be permanently unemployed or part time employed. School dropouts form a large part of the structural unemployment in many countries. In countries which are in the process of shifting from one economic system to another, even those with the right formal education are made redundant and useless by the new paradigm. Think about a professor of economy who studied and taught Marxist economy from the wrong textbooks - he is quite useless in a capitalist market economy and might find himself unemployed despite his high education.

The last, benign, type of unemployment is the cyclical one. It is the result of the natural business cycle (at least natural to capitalism) and of the ebb and tide of aggregate demand for workers which is a result of these cycles. This is considered to be an unavoidable side effect of market economy. The pain of the laid off workers can be ameliorated (through the introduction of unemployment benefits) but the solution comes from sorting out the cycle itself and not by attacking the unemployment issue in an isolated artificial manner.

The "Natural Rate of Employment" takes into account that frictional and structural employment must exist. What is left is really the full employment rate. This is highly misleading. First, economists are forced to rely on government data which, normally, tend to underestimate and understate the problem. For example: the statistics ignore "discouraged workers" (those who despaired and stopped looking for work). A second, more philosophical issue, is that, as opposed to frictional unemployment, which is a welcome sign, structural unemployment is not and must be fiercely fought by the state. But Economy give Politics a legitimacy to ignore structural unemployment as a part of life.

But the third problem is the most pressing: what is the "natural" rate of unemployment and how should it be determined? This is where NAIRU came in: the natural rate of unemployment could be construed as that rate of unemployment which prevented bad economic effects, such as inflation. In the USA this was estimated to be 5-6%. But this estimate was based on a long history of labour and inflation statistics. History proved the wrong guide in this case: the world has changed. Globalization, technological innovation, growing free international trade, growth in productivity, electronic money, the massive move to the "Third Wave" (Information and knowledge) industries - all this meant that inflationary pressures could be exported or absorbed and the employment could go much higher without fostering them. This became part of a new paradigm in economy which proclaimed the death of the business cycle and of the inflationary boom-bust phases. Though exaggerated and probably untrue, the "New Paradigm" did predict that productivity will grow, inflation will remain subdued, unemployment will decrease drastically and the prices of financial assets will explode - all simultaneously (which was considered hitherto impossible). The unemployment rate in the USA has stayed well below 5% and there are still no sign of inflation. This is remarkable (though probably short lived. Inflation will pick up there and the world over starting in 1998).

And what about Macedonia? It is one of a group of countries in transition that suffered an unprecedented series of external shocks separation from a Federation, the loss of virtually all export markets, economic siege, monetary instability, a collapse of the financial system, and, lately, interethnic tensions. Small wonder that it endured an outlandish (official) rate of unemployment (more than one third of the active workforce). Granted, the real unemployment rate is probably lower (many workers in the black economy go unreported) - still, these are daunting figures.

Is this a structural or frictional or cyclical unemployment? It is tempting to say that it is structural. It seems to be the result of trying to adapt to a brave new world: new technologies, new determinants of survival, new market mechanisms, the need for a set of completely new skills and new consumer preferences. But a closer analysis will yield a different picture: most of the unemployment in Macedonia (and in countries in transition in general) is cyclical and frictional. It is the result of massive layoffs which, in themselves, are the results of efficiency and productivity drives. It is not that the workforce is ill adapted to cope with the new, post-transition situation. The composition of skills is well balanced, the education, in some respects, better than in the West, labour mobility is enforced by the cruelty of the new labour markets, the pay is low and is likely to remain so (wage pressures don't go well with high unemployment). The workforce has adapted wondrously.

The failures belong to the management levels and, above all, to the political echelons. Unwilling to adapt, eager to make a quick (personal) buck, entrenched in cosy offices and old ways of thinking, more interested in their perks that in anything else, not educated in the new ways of the markets - they led themselves and their workers (=their voters) to the unemployment swamp. This unfortunate condition was avoidable.

There is no reason to assume that structural unemployment in Macedonia should be much higher than in Germany. The relative sizes and richness of the two economies is not relevant to this discussion. What is relevant is that labour in Macedonia is by far more mobile than in Germany, that it is paid much less, that it is, therefore, relatively more productive, that it is better educated, that both countries suffered external shocks (Germany the unification, Macedonia the transition), that both countries are macro-economically stable, that Macedonia has real natural and human endowments. By certain measures and theoretic formulas, the structural unemployment in Macedonia should be circa 9%, the frictional unemployment (the business cycle is turning up strongly so cyclical unemployment is bound to go down) contributing another 5%. The natural unemployment rate is, therefore, circa 15%.

Moreover, Macedonia is in the rare and enviable position of not having to worry about inflation or wage pressures. Even much higher employment will not create wage pressures. Only the most skilled workers will possess the ability to dictate their own wages and, even then, we are talking about ridiculous wages in Western terms. There is so much competition for every vacancy ("an employers' market") that the likelihood of demanding (and getting) higher wages (and, thus, generating inflationary pressures is all but non-existent). So NAIRU in Macedonian terms is an abstract notion with no applicability. Every additional percent of permanent employment in the West entails 2-3 as much in economic (GDP) growth. Macedonia has to grow by 10% and more annually to reduce the level of unemployment to 15% in 5 years (taking additions to the workforce into account). This is doable: Macedonia starts from such a low base that it would take little effort to achieve this kind of growth (to add 300 million USD to the GDP annually=3 months exports at today's rate).

But this rate of unemployment can be achieved only with the right policy decisions on the state level - and the right management cadre to take advantage of these decisions and of the thrilling new vistas of the global market scene. It is here that Macedonia is lacking - it is here that it should concentrate its efforts.

About The Author

Sam Vaknin is the author of "Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited" and "After the Rain - How the West Lost the East". He is a columnist in "Central Europe Review", United Press International (UPI) and ebookweb.org and the editor of mental health and Central East Europe categories in The Open Directory, Suite101 and searcheurope.com. Until recently, he served as the Economic Advisor to the Government of Macedonia.

His web site: http://samvak.tripod.com

On Politics: The Biggest Stories of the Week  The New York Times

It's been a busy week in American politics. Here are some of the stories you might have missed.

John Mearsheimer on International Relations, Great Power Politics, and the Age of Trump  The National Interest Online

John J. Mearsheimer's The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities argues how the United States' pursuit of a “liberal hegemony” has been a ...

Safecrackers, Quant Funds and Machine Politics  Bloomberg

The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of Danish blend coffee, grab a seat by the window, and get ready for our longer-form weekend reads: Economics: The ...

Week In Politics: The Many Investigations Into The Trump Administration  NPR

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with political commentators León Krauze of Univision and John Phillips of the Orange County Register about the different ...

As Va. GOP seeks new course, Corey Stewart says he’s finished with statewide politics  Washington Post

NORFOLK — As Virginia Republicans met to figure out how to reverse a decade-long losing streak, their most recent standard-bearer and most polarizing figure, ...

Politics cloud felon voting rights restoration in Florida  Reuters

TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Elections officials across Florida say they expect former felons to flock to their offices to register to vote next month when a newly passed ...

Politics Report: SANDAG Chief Offers Real Talk on Shortfall  Voice of San Diego

The transportation and planning agency seems to be coming to terms with the fact that it won't make good on the promises it made to voters in 2004.

Canadian and U.S. diplomats say politics has no place in extradition of Chinese executive  The Washington Post

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his Canadian counterpart said Friday that politics should not be a factor in the extradition of a Chinese technology ...

The Next Koch Doesn't Like Politics  POLITICO

Last May, Chase Koch, the 41-year-old son of billionaire businessman Charles Koch, gathered about two dozen wealthy young professionals for a weekend ...

The Gods That Will Fail  The Atlantic

If voters are freighting politics with religious significance, we need to drain it of the expectation of transcendence.

Mounting legal threats surround Trump as nearly every organization he has led is under investigation  The Washington Post

Two years after Donald Trump won the presidency, nearly every organization he has led in the past decade is under investigation. Trump's private company is ...

Fred Greenstein, 88, Dies; Political ‘Psychologist’ Assessed Presidents  The New York Times

Fred Greenstein, a pre-eminent scholar of political psychology who devised a systematic approach to evaluating the leadership styles of American presidents ...

MORE OF THE SAME: Midterms behind them, voters ponder politics ahead  Newsandtribune

NEW ALBANY — Frank Holz did something Nov. 6 that he can't remember ever doing.

The Politics of Memory in Barry Jenkins’s “If Beale Street Could Talk”  The New Yorker

Richard Brody reviews Barry Jenkins's “If Beale Street Could Talk,” starring KiKi Layne and Stephan James and based upon the novel by James Baldwin.

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Kyl Switch  The Atlantic

Arizona Senator Jon Kyl, who was appointed to replace the late Senator John McCain in September, announced that he will resign from the Senate on ...

The new dividing line in Western politics  The Washington Post

For Stephen K. Bannon, the way to create an enduring populist majority is to combine forces on the left and right. That's why he was in Italy this year, where ...

Investors are hypersensitive to politics  CNN

Wall Street often ignores political headlines. Earnings and the economy are what matter most to the market. But it's getting harder for investors to brush aside ...

Longtime politics writer says Trump is 'certainly the worst president' in his lifetime  CNN

Longtime political journalist and columnist Al Hunt says Donald Trump is "certainly the worst president in my lifetime."

Cupp: Trump's White House is political ipecac  CNN

SE Cupp discusses the recent departures in President Donald Trump's White House and says it is foreshadowing for others who will likely become targets of ...

After 45 years, farewell to the campaigns, the politicians, the ‘cue and the readers  The News & Observer

For 45 years, N&O columnist Rob Christensen has covered politicians for The News & Observer. He has covered every governor since Terry Sanford and every ...

Trick or real? CNRP split over Cambodia move to ease politics ban  Al Jazeera English

Self-exiled cofounder calls government decision a political maneuver but others see it as sign of genuine improvement.

The Complicated Politics of the Gilets Jaunes Movement  The New Yorker

Elisabeth Zerofsky on the gilets jaunes movement in France, in which protesters in yellow vests have taken to the streets of Paris.

Museum of the Bible offers rare respite from partisan politics in D.C.  CNN

By offering a broad array of programs for people interested in the Bible, the museum offers a neutral ground in Washington D.C., where schools, neighborhoods ...

The politics of a plot to kill Sri Lanka's president  Reuters

A plot to kill the president, links to foreign intelligence, a rogue police officer and a missing sniper: the snippets of news emerging from Sri Lanka in recent weeks ...

Butina’s Help Shows U.S. How Russia Wormed Into GOP Politics  Bloomberg

Maria Butina was no spy. No trained Russian agent would appear on videos chatting up American governors or brazenly posing as a reporter to question a ...

Labor fails to commit to Newstart increase despite promising voters a 'fair go' – as it happened  The Guardian

Bill Shorten announces new Environment Act and says he wants 'an Australian republic with an Australian head of state'. All the day's events, live.

Sri Lanka Political Standoff Eases After Court Rulings  The Wall Street Journal

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka—A political standoff that began in October eased as allies of a former president said he was poised to drop his controversial claim to the ...

Jeremy Corbyn slides in approval ratings in spite of Tory schisms  The Guardian

Only 25% of voters thinks Jeremy Corbyn is decisive, according to a survey, down from 31% in October. The Labour leader's fall to his lowest score at any point ...

Bishops pray for politicians' integrity amid Brexit turmoil  The Guardian

CofE leaders also call for national unity as Jo Johnson urges May to hold vote on deal.

What Merkel’s Successor Will Mean for German Politics  Foreign Affairs

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer promises more of the same in German politics.

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: I, Spy  The Atlantic

Maria Butina, an alleged Russian spy, pleaded guilty to engaging in an effort to influence U.S. conservatives before and after the 2016 presidential election.

Alleged Russian spy Maria Butina pleads guilty to engaging in conspiracy against US  CNN

Alleged Russian spy Maria Butina pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday morning to attempting to infiltrate Republican political circles and influence US ...

Model Chrissy Teigen can’t grasp British politics. No one in Britain can, either.  The Washington Post

"Think of a plate of spaghetti. Only the plate is missing, it's all over the table and someone is crying," read one explanation of British politics.

The Murder of the Weekly Standard - Commentary  Commentary Magazine

The Weekly Standard will be no more. There is no real reason we are witnessing the magazine's demise other than deep pettiness and a personal desire for ...

The Hardest Glass Ceiling in Politics  POLITICO

This was supposed to be the year of the woman. But dozens of female political operatives say they weren't invited to the party.

Brexit: where the hell do we go from here?  The Guardian

It is never a good sign when MPs leap too quickly to their feet to give their leaders a standing ovation. Soon after 9pm on Wednesday evening in Committee ...

A new age of diplomacy – Australian politics live podcast  The Guardian

This week Katharine Murphy talks to Menna Rawlings, the outgoing British high commissioner to Australia.

Political tribalism in Trump’s America: what Andrew Sullivan gets wrong  Vox.com

Sullivan's essay on political tribalism shows he's blinded by his own.

Trump routinely says things that aren't true. Few Americans believe him, according to a Washington Post Fact Checker poll.  The Washington Post

For months, President Trump has claimed that U.S. Steel has announced plans to build more than six new plants. Throughout the midterm election, he ...

Climate Change Emerging From the Political Shadows  The Wall Street Journal

What's the sleeper issue of the new political cycle? Here's a good bet: It will be climate change. The signs are proliferating rapidly. Twin wildfires in California last ...

Tallahassee city commissioner, political consultant indicted in FBI probe  The Washington Post

Tallahassee City Commissioner Scott Charles Maddox (D) and political consultant Janice Paige Carter-Smith were indicted Wednesday on racketeering, bank ...

The nation's cartoonists on the week in politics  POLITICO

Every week political cartoonists throughout the country and across the political spectrum apply their ink-stained skills to capture the foibles, memes, hypocrisies ...

Theresa May awaits result of Tory MPs' confidence vote  BBC News

Theresa May is awaiting the result of a vote by Conservative MPs on whether they want to keep her as their leader. The UK prime minister made a last-minute ...

House Democrats’ democracy reform package: good policy and smart politics  Vox

House Democrats have decided on their priority legislation for the next Congress, and it's all about improving the quality of American democracy. HR 1, the bill ...

Politics Podcast: Trump’s Turbulent Week  FiveThirtyEight

The FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast crew tries to make sense of the recent turbulence in Trump world, including possible campaign finance violations and ...

Immaturity in American Politics  The New York Times

Alan Wolfe discusses “The Politics of Petulance,” and Nadja Spiegelman talks about two books by Lucia Berlin.

Books on Politics: Best of 2018  The Wall Street Journal

One of the inscrutable ironies of the last two years is that a New York real-estate mogul and reality TV star has forced so many academics and intellectuals to ...

Podcast: Howes on petty political power plays  The Detroit News

Detroit News Columnist Daniel Howes and Michigan Radio are partners in weekly essays examining what's hot in Michigan business and politics – and what it ...

Can BBC documentary Searching for Kanye explain Yeezy's rightwing politics?  The Guardian

Ben Zand, who previously investigated R Kelly, now turns his gaze to the Chicago rapper, hoping to gain insight into the icon's Maga-supporting mindset.

Brexit: Theresa May halts deal vote to avoid defeat, throwing British politics into chaos  Vox.com

British Prime Minister Theresa May is postponing the vote on her Brexit deal, a last-minute move to avoid almost certain defeat in the UK Parliament on Tuesday.

Amid chief of staff search, Trump increasingly anxious over political future  CNN

Washington (CNN) While President Donald Trump and Nick Ayers were still in the middle of negotiations about him replacing John Kelly as chief of staff, Trump ...

Pressure grows on stubborn DUP to avoid Brexit ‘countdown to disaster’  The Guardian

In Remain-voting Northern Ireland, the hard-Brexit unionists are alienating voters. But they aren't in the mood to shift position.

A Fact-Checker’s Guide to Thanksgiving Politics  The New York Times

With the holiday on the heels of the contentious midterm elections, it may be inevitable that your angry uncle or radical niece will turn talk to the campaigns, the ...

Political Poetry Is Hot Again. The Poet Laureate Explores Why, and How.  The New York Times

Tracy K. Smith, the United States poet laureate, looks at the ways poetry has dealt with the shifting political landscapes of the past two decades.

These Americans Are Done With Politics  The New York Times

As the country catches its breath after one of the most acrimonious midterm elections in years, it would be easy to conclude that all of America is hopelessly ...

George H.W. Bush's Life Has Plenty Of Lessons For Today's Politics  NPR

There are a lot of lessons Americans — and today's politicians — can take from the life of George H.W. Bush, the 41st president, who died Friday at 94.

France’s Combustible Climate Politics  The New York Times

Climate policy should be about solving problems, not salving consciences.

Not just Ocasio-Cortez: the fixation on women politicians’ clothes  Vox.com

Ever since women started holding political office, Americans have been obsessed with their clothes. Here's why that's a problem.

Let’s hope Scott Walker’s next job doesn’t require chart-making  The Washington Post

The outgoing Wisconsin governor tried to downplay his party's push to strip powers from his successor with a terrible graph.

ACE FREHLEY Talks Politics: 'If You're An American And A Patriot, You Should Get Behind Your President'  BLABBERMOUTH.NET

Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley recently appeared on the "Juliet: Unexpected" podcast. The full conversation can be streamed below (interview starts at the ...

N.Y. Democrats Vowed to Get Big Money Out of Politics. Will Big Money Interfere?  The New York Times

The state's campaign finance laws are among the nation's weakest, and Democrats campaigned on a vow to strengthen them. But politics may intervene.

Politics Isn’t Pretty. But Politicians Are.  The New York Times

And now for a shallow — but honest — take on the midterms.

From Mueller to Kanye West, here's this year's White House Christmas poem  USA TODAY

Since Bill Clinton was president, Greg Clugston's poems have detailed both the politics and headlines in the nation's capital.

209 female MPs by 209 female photographers – in pictures | Politics  The Guardian

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first election in which some women and all men could vote, 209 female photographers have taken portraits of the 209 ...

Brexit deadlock ‘is blocking vital domestic policy reforms’  The Guardian

Cross-party MPs issue joint warning of need to act to prevent the issue 'sucking the life out of government'

California’s chief justice leaves GOP, says she was ‘greatly disturbed’ by Kavanaugh hearing  The Washington Post

The chief justice of the California Supreme Court, Tani Cantil-Sakauye, has confirmed she left the Republican Party in September, saying she had been ...

How would a second Brexit referendum work?  The Guardian

Mind-boggling complexities over timing, question(s) and how votes would be counted.

France tells Trump to stop interfering in its politics  Al Jazeera English

US president has published a series of tweets criticising Emmanuel Macron's policies and his low approval rating.

TDP will become irrelevant in Andhra and national politics after 2019 polls: KTR  The News Minute

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working President K.T. Rama Rao on Saturday predicted that the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) will become irrelevant and ...

Politics Podcast: Something Seems Fishy In North Carolina  FiveThirtyEight

The numbers of mail-in absentee ballots in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District look strange, and some voters have submitted affidavits claiming that ...

Politics this week  The Economist

The hard Brexiteers in Britain's Conservative Party opposed to Theresa May's Brexit deal with the EU struggled to get enough support to depose her. The deal ...

As her DNA test still reverberates, Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s political operation shows fissures  The Washington Post

As time nears for the Massachusetts senator to decide on a presidential bid, a long-term Warren aide considers other options.

Playful politics: Juncker messes up woman’s hair & dramatically throws papers at EU summit (VIDEO)  RT

Jean-Claude Juncker was feeling rather silly at the European Council summit, playing awkwardly with a woman's blonde hair, throwing papers on the floor, even ...

Trey Gowdy says he'll return to politics if Tim Scott runs for president  Charleston Post Courier

South Carolina retiring congressman Trey Gowdy has insisted he's done with politics on every level, but he's willing to make an exception for best friend Sen.

Breda O’Brien: Women in politics are denied their own identities  The Irish Times

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer's promotion in Germany has highlighted lazy stereotypes.

Fight over Lindsey Williams' residency brings Pa. Senate into uncommon political territory  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

HARRISBURG — Top leaders in the Pennsylvania Senate received identical piles of documents this week pertaining to the residency of Lindsey Williams, the ...

From history to politics, nature to science, cookery to music - the best non-fiction of 2018  Independent.ie

From history to politics, popular science, nature, cookery and music, it's our guide to the best non-fiction of 2018. History. Can anything new be said about ...

Congresswoman to Google CEO: Why when I search ‘idiot’ do I get pictures of Trump?  The Washington Post

In an effort to understand how Google search algorithms work, a Democratic congresswoman asked the tech company's chief executive a simple question: “If ...

Accused Russian spy Maria Butina cooperating with federal prosecutors as part of plea deal  CNN

Washington (CNN) Maria Butina, an accused Russian spy who nuzzled up to the National Rifle Association before the 2016 election, has begun cooperating ...

France urges Trump not to interfere in its politics: 'Leave our nation be' | TheHill  The Hill

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Sunday urged President Trump to stop interfering in France's affairs after Trump made various claims about why ...

Trump fears political price from oil spike, market turmoil  CNN

President Donald Trump is fretting about two rising global challenges that threaten a political gut punch as he gears up for his 2020 election bid -- a possible oil ...

How to create a leaderless revolution and win lasting political change  The Guardian

In an age of insurgency, legitimacy is crucial to harnessing the energy of protest, says author Carne Ross.

On World AIDS Day, why the politics of AIDS is so important  The Washington Post

Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day, a day intended to increase awareness about a disease that has led to the deaths of more than 35 million people since 1981, when the ...

Reba McEntire says it's not her job to talk politics  Fox News

Country singer Reba McEntire doesn't think it's part of her job to discuss politics.

In 2018, political gravity caught up to Trump  NBC News

WASHINGTON — A few hours into election night 2018, it felt like it was happening again — Donald Trump and the GOP were about to defy political gravity.

Here's the political news you missed this holiday weekend  CNN

Washington (CNN) For many Americans, the Thanksgiving holiday is a time to unplug from the news of the day and enjoy a home-cooked meal with family and ...

Trump-led GOP grows increasingly tolerant of racially divisive politics  The Washington Post

Back-to-back developments this week, the Mississippi Senate runoff and a Senate judicial nomination vote, illustrate how today's Republican Party deals with ...

Angela Merkel's Party Elects A Successor As She Begins Her Exit From German Politics  NPR

In an emotional farewell for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Christian Democratic Union party delegates gathered to elect a successor in Hamburg, the city ...

George H.W. Bush's Wartime Experience Shaped His Approach To Politics  NPR

The World War II generation had a sense of serving the country together and also shared a belief in professionalism, one historian says. Still, Bush was not ...

Why the political media is talking about the more interesting part of the midterms  The Washington Post

Twice this week, President Trump complained publicly about how the results of the midterm elections are being covered. He did so Thursday evening on Twitter, ...

Brief history of Kenya's currency printing politics  Daily Nation

The business of printing currency is cartel-based, cut-throat and a reserve of just a few companies.

Sessions hints he's done with politics  POLITICO

The deposed attorney general says he's not missing the Senate, amid speculation that he might mount a bid for his old job.

This is U.S. politics. Are you triggered?  The Washington Post

It's a moment when pundits say something just to goad the other side, not to actually persuade.

Will KCR's announcement to enter Andhra politics impact Chandrababu Naidu?  The News Minute

KCR announced that he would give a 'return gift' to Chandrababu,while AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owasi has promised support to TDP's rival in Andhra, Jagan ...

Investigation into Inaugural Committee Spending Reportedly Closes in on Ivanka Trump  Rolling Stone

New York federal prosecutors are looking into potential financial wrongdoing by President Donald Trump's inaugural committee and Ivanka Trump's ...

Ruling Against Health Law Puts Political Divide in Stark Relief  The Wall Street Journal

A federal judge's decision striking down the Affordable Care Act thrust the health law onto the agenda of the next Congress.

Joe Biden Talks Family — and a Bit of Politics — in Visit to Burlington  Seven Days

For those expecting Joe Biden to deliver a political stump speech — or a taste of his future plans — during a visit to Burlington on Sunday, he failed to deliver.

He believes talking about politics on a first date is impolite. She's a communist.  The Washington Post

Date Lab| They couldn't avoid the elephant in the room when the dinner was on the day of the Ford-Kavanaugh hearings.

Brexit 'delusions' risk putting UK into crisis, warns Ivan Rogers  The Guardian

Former UK ambassador to the EU outlines his hopes for more honest leadership during a speech in Liverpool.

Beto O'Rourke narrowly tops wide-open MoveOn 2020 presidential straw poll; Biden is runner-up  NBC News

An early straw poll of members of the progressive group MoveOn.org shows a wide-open competition for liberal voters in the 2020 Democratic presidential ...

home | site map
© 2007