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Sensational, but Ineffectual

Europe's nationalist parties attract attention but are hard to take too seriously, given the weight and continuity of the party systems in most countries.

Risks Worth Taking

The Obama administration has not made grandiose claims about what a deal with Iran on its nuclear program can achieve. But there is reason for guarded optimism.

Hillary's Role Model: Bush 41

It’s Hillary Clinton, not Jeb Bush, who will take former President George H. W. Bush as her role model. Her road to victory was blazed by Jeb’s dad in 1988.

‘Oppression Is Not a Law of Nature’

The political activist, public intellectual, and "father of modern linguistics" talks about Oscar Romero, Old Testament prophets, and the politics of fear.

Overheated

The furor over Indiana's RFRA raises questions about our capacity to engage in the kind of thoughtful, careful public discussion that issues like this demand.

Nonexistent & Irreplaceable

'Religion' is a concept flexible enough to be accommodated legally while keeping the state neutral about theological questions.

The Unpolarized Moynihan

With his concern for evidence and skepticism about the ability to transform complex systems, Daniel Patrick Moynihan is worth recalling in today's political climate.

Don't Wreck Religious Liberty's Brand

States that are competing fiercely for jobs and businesses are quickly learning that being seen as anti-gay is dangerous to their images.

No Longer Docile

The emergence of the Islamic state; the tension with Iran; and the sinister turn events have taken in Israel are attributed in Europe to American irresponsibility.

American Reckoning

Appy’s view is that American exceptionalism is an obnoxious and dangerous delusion, and his broadside against it recounts a litany of Vietnam atrocities.

An Ugly Business

Finding himself in a close race, Israel's prime minister resorted to scare-mongering and demagoguery on what one is tempted to call an almost biblical scale.

The Right's Word-Deed Problem

It would be wonderful if conservatives really wanted to deal constructively with the inequality predicament they so passionately describe.
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Book Reviews

American Reckoning

March 26, 2015 | 3 comments

No Man's Land

February 19, 2015 | 5 comments

Scalia: A Court of One

October 11, 2014 | 0 comments

The Pope and Mussolini

September 10, 2014 | 3 comments

The Eclipse of Equality

September 10, 2014 | 0 comments

Blessed Are the Rich

June 2, 2014 | 4 comments

Defensive Secretary

May 14, 2014 | 7 comments

Goodbye to All That

April 19, 2014 | 7 comments