Is Macron the EU’s Last Best Hope?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan For the French establishment, Sunday’s presidential election came close to a near-death experience. As the Duke of Wellington said of Waterloo, it was a “damn near-run thing.” Neither candidate of the two major parties that have ruled France since Charles De Gaulle even made it into the runoff, an astonishing repudiation […]

Is Democracy in a Death Spiral?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “You all start with the premise that democracy is some good. I don’t think it’s worth a damn. Churchill is right. The only thing to be said for democracy is that there is nothing else that’s any better. … “People say, ‘If the Congress were more representative of the people it […]

Is Turkey Lost to the West?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Not long ago, a democratizing Turkey, with the second-largest army in NATO, appeared on track to join the European Union. That’s not likely now, or perhaps ever. Last week, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan compared Angela Merkel’s Germany to Hitler’s, said the Netherlands was full of “Nazi remnants” and “fascists,” and suggested […]

Is Liberal Democracy an Endangered Species?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “As we begin 2017, the most urgent threat to liberal democracy is not autocracy,” writes William Galston of The Wall Street Journal, “it is illiberal democracy.” Galston’s diagnosis is not wrong, and his alarm is not misplaced. Yet why does America’s great export, liberal democracy, which appeared to be the future […]

Europe’s Future — Merkel or Le Pen?

Europe’s Future — Merkel or Le Pen?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan The terrorist who hijacked a truck in Berlin and ran over and killed 12 people, maiming and wounding 48 more, in that massacre in the Christmas market, has done more damage than he could imagine. If the perpetrator is the jihadist from Tunisia who had no right to be in Germany, […]

Populist-Nationalist Tide Rolls On


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Now that the British have voted to secede from the European Union and America has chosen a president who has never before held public office, the French appear to be following suit. In Sunday’s runoff to choose a candidate to face Marine Le Pen of the National Front in next spring’s […]

Is the Party Over for Bushism?

Is the Party Over for Bushism?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Neither George W. Bush, the Republican Party nominee in 2000 and 2004, nor Jeb, the dethroned Prince of Wales, will be in Cleveland. Nor will John McCain or Mitt Romney, the last two nominees. These former leaders would like it thought that high principle keeps them away from a GOP convention […]