Political Parties

Truth in Labeling

‘Right’ and ‘left’ might always be changing, but that just means we need more labels, not fewer.

What Are Parties For?

Further thoughts on this week’s newsletters.

The Perks of Being a Politician

Matt Lewis’ new book explores how elected officials almost always get richer—and why that erodes civic trust.

Presidential Fever Dreams

Our broken primary system sets few barriers to entry beyond a lack of shame and consuming appetite for celebrity.

The Party Centrist Extinction Is Upon Us

What will become of Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema?

Rise of the Independents

But not of third parties.

One, Maybe Two, Cheers for Partisanship

Democracy doesn’t work at scale unless you add a competitive element.