As 2022 turns to 2024—in election terms—the Democrats are still busy congratulating themselves over not being mauled on Nov. 8. But if they continue winning like this, it'll be a Republican sitting behind the big desk in the Oval Office
Israel seems set to establish a government led once again by Benjamin Netanyahu and heavily dependent on the country's far right. This dangerous assemblage will claim to be governing in the name of "the people." That claim does not entirely stand up to scrutiny.
The Democrats' timidity is doing them no favors. It is a deficiency liberals manifest all around the world, and unless this is fixed authoritarians might come to dominate our era.
Americans feeling apocalyptic about the future of their country might be interested to know that there is another democracy hanging by a thread in a November election: Israel's.
Observers are asking whether Xi Jinping, about to be reappointed to another term as the leader of China, is the new Mao. Some of the accoutrements are there, but the real question is whether he'll become a viler version of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
What do new Italian Prime Minister Georgia Meloni, Benjamin Netanyahu, Marine Le Pen, and Donald Trump have in common? All are popular leaders in democratic countries whose supporters are unafraid to support autocrats-in-training.
What was once widely seen as a boon for humanity has bred bitter resentments over deindustrialization and an awkward dependence on despotic regimes.