Category: Daily

Angela Merkel should seize this chance to remake Europe

GERMAN celebrations of Emmanuel Macron’s victory had barely begun last night when the first arguments about it broke out. The French president-elect’s longstanding calls for a “new deal” between his country and Germany were the impetus. In return for French...

/ May 8, 2017

On the “hipster election” in Schleswig-Holstein

ON SUNDAY France goes to the polls. Emmanuel Macron will win and the far-right Front National will do better than in any presidential election to date. So all eyes will be on Paris. Yet far to the north another, less...

/ May 5, 2017

Is Socialism a Dictatorship?

Matt Kibbe goes back to Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels to try to understand “Democratic socialism.” The post Is Socialism a Dictatorship? appeared first on Free the People. Read More

/ May 2, 2017

The triumph of Alexander Gauland

SOME political parties have a habit of airing their dirty linen in public. The right-wing Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) is one of them. At its conference in Cologne this weekend the total marginalisation of Frauke Petry, its co-chair and until...

/ April 23, 2017

What France’s election means for Germany

IN MAY 2012 a freshly elected François Hollande took off for Germany on his first foreign visit as president, determined to forge a close alliance with Angela Merkel. His plane was hit by lightning and had to turn back to...

/ April 23, 2017

Who is Peter Altmaier and why does he matter?

IF YOU pass the vast, glass-walled chancellery in Berlin at night, you will often see a solitary room illuminated high on its northern side. That is Peter Altmaier's office, a few strides away from Angela Merkel's own eyrie on the...

/ April 12, 2017

A primer on the AfD wars

IT IS a well-established truth that fast-rising political parties outside the political mainstream are prone to division. The National Front (FN) in France has a latitudinal split: its northern outposts are marked by economic statism, its southern ones by a...

/ April 8, 2017

A political audit of Martin Schulz

SHORTLY after his emergence as the SPD’s candidate for chancellor, Martin Schulz was interviewed on “Anne Will”, one of Germany's top political talk-shows. Quizzed on his prospects of victory he observed that the SPD had picked up about ten points...

/ April 7, 2017

Is Attorney General Sessions High?

Jeff Sessions thinks medical cannabis is just as dangerous as heroin. I don’t know what he’s smoking, but that’s just nuts. The post Is Attorney General Sessions High? appeared first on Free the People. Read More

/ April 4, 2017

Introducing Kaffeeklatsch: a new blog about German politics

IT IS, to put it mildly, a big year for Germany. In the era of Trump, its neighbours and partners are looking to the country for new leadership. Debates about its defence, its vast trade surplus, its handling of the...

/ April 4, 2017

How to Take Over the World: With Zuri Davis

Zuri Davis is just 20 years old, and already she’s making a difference in Washington, DC. Her activism is an inspiration for young people who now realize that technology can be their megaphone in democracy. #LibertyGeneration #PluribusProject The post How...

/ March 21, 2017

Bizarro World: Democrats Like Town Halls Now

The same people who called the tea party rallies “astroturf” are now championing the value of grassroots activism at Republican Town Halls. The post Bizarro World: Democrats Like Town Halls Now appeared first on Free the People. Read More

/ February 28, 2017

Raise Your Hand: The Paul Dame Story

Paul Dame is a rare breed when it comes to political activism. He’s a Ron Paul Republican serving in the State House in Vermont. His story will inspire you. #PluribusProject #RonPaul #RonPaulRevolution The post Raise Your Hand: The Paul Dame...

/ February 28, 2017

From Patient to Advocate: The Christine Stenquist Story

Christine Stenquist believes that medical cannabis is good for patients. And it saved her family. That’s why she’s fighting for what’s right. Her story will inspire you to fight too. #PluribusProject. The post From Patient to Advocate: The Christine Stenquist...

/ February 15, 2017

Ideas Are More Powerful than Violence

The home of Mahatma Gandhi in India reminds us that the power of non-violent resistance makes truly effective protests. The post Ideas Are More Powerful than Violence appeared first on Free the People. Read More

/ February 14, 2017

Rand Paul’s Healthcare Plan: Part 5

The fifth part in our series on health care reform discusses Rand Paul’s health care tax credits, which unlike similar credits are not the redistribution of wealth, but letting you keep more of your own money. The post Rand Paul’s...

/ February 13, 2017

Rand Paul’s Healthcare Plan: Part 6

Shouldn’t you be rewarded for taking care of yourself? The last part in our series talks about how Rand Paul’s plan lets you pay for physical fitness and nutrition supplements with your health savings account. The post Rand Paul’s Healthcare...

/ February 13, 2017

Rand Paul’s Healthcare Plan: Part 4

The fourth part in our series on health care reform focuses on Individual Health Pools, in which people can band together to buy insurance, lower costs, and become independent from their employers. The post Rand Paul’s Healthcare Plan: Part 4...

/ February 13, 2017

With Free Government Wifi, You Get What You Pay For

Californians insist their “free” government wifi is better, but what good is it when you can’t connect? The post With Free Government Wifi, You Get What You Pay For appeared first on Free the People. Read More

/ February 7, 2017

What Fascism Means, and What It Doesn’t Mean

The problem of people using the word fascism without knowing what it means has been around since George Orwell. The post What Fascism Means, and What It Doesn’t Mean appeared first on Free the People. Read More

/ February 7, 2017