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.
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