Politics

Is Democracy Unraveling?

The world’s democracies, perhaps especially our own, face a set of contradictions that are undermining faith in public endeavor and unraveling old loyalties.

A Theory of Everything

Big History has its charms. It aligns with Common Core, provides a wealth of material online for free, and is exciting. But it may be too big to be history at all.

The Liberal Arts vs. Neoliberalism

Deresiewicz not only critiques the idea that college education is about learning marketable skills; he also revives the old quest for meaning, self, and soul.

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.

Nonexistent & Irreplaceable

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

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.

The High Cost of Netanyahu's Comeback

Benjamin Netanyahu’s gambits worked. But at what cost to the future? Israel was already divided, and the harshness of the campaign split it further.

Maimed by the Beast

A group of Hondurans who've lost limbs to the train called La Bestia are traveling through Mexico, holding protests and warning about the dangers of the train.
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Book Reviews

Beyond the Abortion Wars

May 4, 2015 | 2 comments

Blackballed

May 4, 2015 | 0 comments

The Young T.E. Lawrence

April 30, 2015 | 0 comments

The Liberal Arts vs. Neoliberalism

April 20, 2015 | 28 comments

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