War and Peace

Will Our Polarization Cripple Us?

It was only a matter of time before our polarized politics threatened to destroy a president’s authority. Will Congress let that happen?

Don't Attack Syria

A defensible case for the attack on Syria would have to satisfy traditional “just war” standards. The proposed action meets none of them.

A Language of Solidarity

Robert N. Bellah, who died in July, was a contributor to Commonweal for more than twenty years. Here are excerpts from some of his articles.

Securing Our Liberty

Even if everything the government does to combat terrorism is technically legal, not everything legal is prudent, wise, or morally justified.

Reckless Ardor

The calls for so-called humanitarian war in Syria are a textbook case of the triumph of hope over experience.

Time to Intervene?

Syria’s civil war has been going on for more than two years. Seventy thousand people have been killed, most of them civilians. More than 3 million Syrians...

Highbrow Hatred

This book addresses one of the most puzzling questions of our era: Why did the most evil regime of modern times develop in a country so committed to higher learning...

Great Exhortations

More than any other recent U.S. president, Barack Obama has succeeded in puzzling the pundits. His imperturbability and coolly analytical style have led even such...

Broken Promises

On the evening of April 15—the day two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding more than two hundred eighty—President...

This Time Is No Different

The blood runs cold when one fully appreciates how vulnerable Western policymakers are to slogans and magical thinking. The Reinhart-Rogoff case is the latest, and...

Unfriendly Skies

Polls show that the vast majority of Americans do not want armed drones circling their own neighborhoods. Who could blame us for not wanting to be taken out by a...

Two Conservative Lives

Two important conservatives departed this life within days of each other. One was a world-historical figure with extravagant political gifts, and she rarely...
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The Bloody Details

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We Will Not Bleed

October 10, 2013 | 1 comment

Forsaken Ally

September 9, 2013 | 0 comments

Highbrow Hatred

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Little Stalins

February 2, 2013 | 0 comments

Imperial Illusions

January 1, 2013 | 0 comments

Our Bloody Altar

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