For the student interested in politics, the cyclone of current events presents a daunting challenge. As readers, we are anglers with our lines in the torrent, trying to fish out an understanding of our times. The internet age has flooded us with content, commentary, and news, and nowhere is the current stronger, more complex, more rewarding than political debate. Reading new things helps us remain fresh. Reading old things helps us get more out of fishing.
We have compiled this list not to advocate for any single point of view, but to expose the angler to a broad spectrum of considered opinion. Some of these catches, like "Back to the Center, Democrats" and Elizabeth Warren's Netroots Nation Speech, offer snapshots of past debates the impacts of which are still being felt. Others, like Adam Garfinkle's "In Way Too Little We Trust" and novelist Zadie Smith's reaction to Brexit, offer lasting insights into what makes our moment in history different. Still others, like Russel Kirk's The Conservative Mind and Toqueville's Democracy in America point us to those aspects of our politics, culture, nation, and nature which have not changed, or which are changing at a glacial pace.
This is by no means an exhaustive list or a representative sample of all of the opinion out there. These are just our catches. We're all students, and we're all learning; if you would like to add to this list, we would love it if you could send your finds to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Indivisible Guide," Indivisible
"In Way Too Little We Trust," Adam Garfinkle
"The Democrats’ Wave Could Turn Into A Flood," Harry Enten
"The Primary Problem," Bruce E. Cain
Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign, Jonathan Allen
The Retreat of Western Liberalism, Edward Luce
The Lost Majority, Sean Trende
Winning your Election the Wellstone Way, Wellstone Action
"The Flight 93 Election," Publius Decius Mus
"My Debate with Dialogue," David Blankenhorn
"Break Up the Liberal City," Ross Douthat
The Conservative Mind, Russel Kirk
To Empower People: The Role of Mediating Structures in Public Policy, Berger and Neuhaus