The U.K.‘s Tony Blair, left, campaigned on 'modernizing’ the welfare system. Bill Clinton, right, campaigned on reducing welfare in the U.S.
Democratic presidential candidates share many ideas and opinions. What they don't share, writes one historian, is the label 'liberal.'
U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to the White House on May 13, 2019. Strongmen like Orbán are increasingly gaining ground as the death knell sounds for liberal democracy.
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Liberal democracy is in trouble, and the seeds of its demise can be found in the property rights so cherished by so-called liberals generations ago.
Mary Ellen Smith is seen in this undated photo.
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In 1921 and now in 2019, the respective resignations of Mary Ellen Smith from B.C. cabinet and Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from federal cabinet have exposed the limits of Canadian liberalism.
Between 1963 and 1969 Robert Sobukwe spent six years of near-complete solitary confinement on Robben Island.
A collection of prison letters provides a peek into the suffering of South African liberation hero, Robert Sobukwe.
It is becoming harder to argue that neoliberal market solutions, from tax cuts to deregulation, will necessarily benefit and protect ordinary voters.
Whether they form the next government or not, the Liberals need to reconsider their reliance on neoliberal economics, which may no longer be serving the party – or the country.
Indian Muslims pray during Eid al-Adha at Jama Masjid Mosque in Delhi.
With Muslim minorities in Europe projected to increase, what lessons can be learnt from India?
The old ideologies have to go so we can re-invent politics based in local knowledge and citizens’ initiatives.
Populism is currently attractive because it contains a grain of truth. If we want to be prepared for the post-populist period and hasten its coming, we must address these real issues.
The poor treatment of Vietnam War veterans, many of whom had PTSD, angered Natasha Zaretsky’s Midwestern students.
A scholar raised by leftist San Francisco parents in the 1970s ends up teaching in the heartland, where her students represent a very different kind of politics. What she learns from them is profound.
Turnbull may be the last of the old liberal-conservative politicians.
Turnbull brought a Menzian style to his leadership, but the world has changed quite a bit since Robert Menzies.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at a California fundraiser in August.
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The victory of a Democratic Socialist in a New York primary will not lead to the dictatorship of the proletariat. It's an incremental addition to the long history of moderate socialism in the US.
Former White House strategist Steve Bannon holds a news conference with National Front party leader Marine Le Pen in the northern French city of Lille in March 2018.
Fears about the resurgence of fascism might have seemed irrelevant during the past 70 years, when it was discredited. It doesn’t seem irrelevant today with liberal democracy on the defensive.
Barack Obama delivering the 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg.
Barack Obama was asked to give the Mandela Lecture because he represents what the global liberation struggle icon stood for. He struck the right chord.
There's a lot that Richard Denniss gets right. Neoliberalism clearly has an array of problems. But he risks throwing out what is good about liberalism in attacking neoliberalism.
Robert F. Kennedy accepts the Democratic nomination as a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1964.
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Robert F. Kennedy, assassinated 50 years ago, began his career as a conservative anti-communist. At the end of his life, he was transformed into a liberal who championed civil and workers' rights.
Liberal Democratic Party Senator David Leyonhjelm is the only libertarian in the federal parliament.
Libertarianism is a minority concern in Australian politics, but it offers a philosophical framework to understand contemporary social and economic challenges.
John Howard, pictured here with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, is fond of describing the Liberal Party as a “broad church”. But that breadth has led to increasing fracture within the party in recent years.
The battle between liberals and conservatives continues to split the Liberal Party, but its past heroes would find the ideological division puzzling.
Mmusi Maimane, leader of South Affrica’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, briefs the media after its conngress.
The Democratic Alliance is potentially in a good position to challenge the ANC, which governs South Africa, for power.
In a divided United States, how can we describe who is on each side?
There's a new way to reveal America's political divide. One researcher finds the differences between groups that are normally crudely described as 'right-left' can be better explained by word clouds.
New Nationals leader and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack (front) talks to the media, while former leader Barnaby Joyce (left) listens in.
As the National Party looks to rebuild under a new leader, it needs to embrace its minority status, establish clearly what it stands for, and remain true to those ideals.
From a certain perspective, we're already on the road to practicing a 'progressive eugenics' not a million miles away from what was imagined historically.