Let's Not Defeat Ourselves

Congress needs to show that though voters have given the presidency and control of Congress to different parties, we're capable of being a functional democracy.

Mispricing Risk

If Janet Yellen decides to solve the problem of low lending interest by raising rates, does this benefit banks, government, hedge-fund managers, or the rest of us?

The Hidden & Deadly Bias of Class

White working-class voters have been key to the GOP coalition. You'd think the party's presidential candidates would want to respond to the crisis they're facing.

Letters | Labor's losses, 'parvity,' hands off the ointment

Readers write in about Scott Walker's battle with organized labor, Ronald Reagan, FDR, vomit, extreme unction, and sins—mortal and otherwise.

The Challenge of Being Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan has always wanted to be several things at once, which makes for a hard balancing act. He knows his faith teaches compassion, but he's also an ideologue.

The GOP Establishment's Weak Tea

Trump speaks clearly to a group that sociologist Donald Warren identified in 1976 as “Middle American Radicals,” who think the middle class is seriously neglected.

'Purity' by Jonathan Franzen

While Franzen’s natural mode as writer is one of confident high spirits, in "Purity" his view of people is steeped in pessimism, and his characters are miserable.
Workers in an electronics factory in Shenzhen, China.

Stuck in the Mire

Why higher levels of manufacturing employment are no longer enough to turn economically developing countries into developed countries.

Libertarianism's Iron Cage

In the past decade, libertarianism in the United States has come in from the cold. Once a fringe political movement associated with cranks, conspiracy theorists,...

Stop Protesting, Start Organizing

In his new book on labor, Thomas Geoghegan—a longtime labor lawyer in Chicago—lays out many of the depressing ways that American workers have been moving backward.

Letters | Climate change, Inclusive language, Labour pains, Jewish custom

Readers write in about Catholics breeding like rabbits, writers using "man" to refer to "humanity," the political tsunami in Scotland, and Jewish women cutting hair.

'We Want Thinkers, Not Robots'

The leader of the nation's largest school system discusses Common Core and student testing; her Catholic education; and her upbringing as the child of immigrants.
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