Resurgence of Populism in the 2016 Election

2016 is panning out to be an historic presidential election on a number of fronts. Candidates from both major parties have ridden the coattails of the anti-establishment fervor that has often reared its ugly head throughout the Obama presidency. Though today’s political turmoil was bound to impact the 2016 campaign season, the rise of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders as formidable candidates within their respective parties demonstrates just how pervasive such resentment is. Trump and Sanders have capitalized on more than just their labels as “political outsiders,” something that helped…

Can Bernie Sanders replicate Danish Culture Too?

On any given day, you can find squatters, permanent and temporary, among the old buildings of Christiania, an “autonomous neighborhood” near central Copenhagen. News in Copenhagen regularly features friction between the neighborhood of Christiania and city officials, but the history of squatters settling in is usually a major ire for the Copenhagen municipality. How does Christiania, a self-identified free state with its own flag, governing body, even its own set of rules relate to the rest of Denmark? Understanding the relationship is key to understanding the fascinating culture of the…

Fleeing the Center: Why are Moderate Candidates Struggling in 2016 Presidential Election Polls?

In some of the most recent polls for the 2016 Presidential Election, candidates on the extremity of the political spectrum are maintaining their lead in the top spots. This situation is quite a difference from today’s prevalent idea that only moderate candidates are electable. Sure, the fact that more liberal or more conservative leaning candidates are leading in early polls does not mean that they will win the nomination. However, with the primary and caucus dates quickly approaching, the situation looks increasingly difficult for moderate candidates to secure an easy…