How changes in the identity of Ohio — and Middle America in general — have ended remarkable trends of support for winning presidential candidates

Every four years, political tensions in the United States seem to reach their zenith. Tens of millions of Americans head to the polls to vote in the country’s most divisive — and decisive — election cycle. Pundits, commentators, analysts, and ordinary citizens alike look for trends and indicators to discover the all-important answer: Who will win the White House? As with anything, some forecasts succeed; others miss the mark. But while educated guesses tend to take some effort to formulate, there once lay a surprisingly straightforward way to predict who will receive the electoral votes necessary to become the leader…


How the site of one of the Pacific War’s most famous and important battles has changed since Japan’s surrender

At 9:00 AM on February 19, 1945, one of the most infamous battles of the Second World War commenced. In an invasion termed Operation Detachment, Marines landed on beaches of volcanic rocks and ash, greeted by the fire of Japanese artillery. Over the next few days, American soldiers advanced toward the summit of Mount Suribachi, finally securing it on February 23. Though the iconic flag-raising on Suribachi’s summit symbolizes the triumph of American troops at Iwo Jima and in the Pacific War in general, fighting raged on for about another month. It was not until March 26 that hostilities on…


A Texas county has enjoyed remarkable growth and success in recent years. Now its political identity threatens to change everything.

Driving north on Preston Road, an asphalt artery connecting downtown Dallas to its northern suburbs as far as 50 miles away, yields just about every sight one might expect from a lower-density American metropolis. Neighborhoods lined with sprawling homes, retail areas complete with restaurants and stores, and consistently horrendous traffic render the experience of the average Preston Road commuter an unbearably mundane one. But after miles and miles of driving northward from Dallas, a watchful motorist will be offered a curious reprieve. At the intersection of Preston and Main Street in the Collin County suburb of Frisco, the northeastern street…


New Zealand once had the developed world’s most comprehensive welfare state. But one ambitious statesman decided his country needed reform.

To many lefties around the globe, Jacinda Ardern and her Labour Party are progressive heroes, champions of a robust welfare state that has set a standard for the developed world to follow. Labour’s incredible triumph in the 2020 general election, its best since 1946, sealed Ardern’s reputation as a model head of government among those leaning left of center, with her response to the COVID-19 pandemic inspiring particularly strong praise. In the United States, plenty of liberals consistently cheer Ardern and her policies, particularly those that drift further to the left than their more moderate counterparts. …


Two prominent intellectuals enabled the resurgence of American conservatism in the 20th century. But how relevant are their ideas today?

Much has been made of the remarkable shift in the American conservative movement in recent years. To the chagrin of many right-wing intellectuals and public figures, the tremendous optimism, commitment to traditional values, praise for smaller government, and support for free markets that have dominated the agendas of so many Republican politicians since the 1980s now appear to be things of the past. In a remarkable twist of events, the Reagan Era has faded before anyone could have ever realized. The new Trump-inspired ideas dominating the American right have rendered Reaganism archaic. …

Sam Mills

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