Monthly Archives: November 2016

Why Fillon’s Win Is Good For Le Pen

I have an essay in Commonweal Magazine out today on how the 2017 French presidential election is shaping up to be a terrifying referendum on the welfare state. Right-wing primary victor François Fillon wants to cut it. The National Front vows to protect it.



Who Can Beat Le Pen? A Guide To France’s High-Stakes Right-Wing Primary

On both sides of the Atlantic, you can feel the political winds shifting. Growing from breeze to bluster, they carry the hints of a long-forgotten stench in the West. After Brexit and Trump, they’re on to France, where it’s almost certain that the far-right populist Marine Le Pen will qualify for the second round of the country’s two-step presidential election next May. Continue reading