January 15, 2011 |
Is our political speech really more bitter and poisonous than it's ever been? No, though it's certainly more debased and lacerating than it was just a few short years ago. We've been through eras of bitterly expressed politics more often than we'd probably care to admit. The Federalists and anti-Federalists bickered ferociously. Contention over the Bank of the United States during the Jacksonian era was fierce. The political rhetoric leading up to the Civil War was murderous. Franklin Roosevelt's policies were the target of vile opposition.
February 17, 2007 |
"The State Within," a new, imported political whodunit on BBC America, is something less than perfect, but if you have a taste for high-level skulduggery and do not mind being totally confused much of the time, it's an enjoyable enough ride -- fun, sometimes exciting, basically intelligent, occasionally preposterous.
August 13, 2000 |
I At perhaps no time since the Progressive Era, lasting from the late 19th century until the onset of World War I, have prosperity and a general sense of well-being so sharply contrasted with worried, negative diagnoses of the state of our democracy. The new American dilemma presents the picture of a highly prosperous, explosively inventive nation alongside one with a new, or updated, critique of the contrasts between contemporary euphoria and certain less satisfying realities.
March 19, 2000 |
Tony Beegle slides the receiver off the phone and dials yet another number. In the last half hour, he's gotten nowhere. Answering machines. No one home. People hanging up. It's a typical Friday night at Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas Inc., a New York-based market and public opinion research firm with phone centers in Fort Myers and two other cities. Tonight, Beegle and two dozen colleagues are taking the political pulse of America.
June 14, 1999 |
Like converging weather systems, the old and new politics of gun control collided over Michigan this spring. Predictably, turbulence followed. Michigan has long been a stronghold of the National Rifle Assn., and few were surprised when the state Legislature approved bills that would make it easier for state residents to carry concealed weapons--a top NRA priority. Then came the shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. Suddenly the weather changed.
December 19, 1997 |
An eclectic group of Latin American politicians and intellectuals, including potential presidential contenders from the region's biggest nations, met here recently for the fifth in a series of freewheeling discussions about politics and economics. The group is dominated by center-left opposition leaders who see themselves as the coming wave of Latin American politics.