March/April/May 2014

FDR as Preacher, Campaigner, Bon Vivant

Three new books fill in our picture of Roosevelt The Good Neighbor: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Rhetoric of American Power by Mary Stuckey Michigan University Press, 376 pp. Roosevelt’s Second Act: The Election of 1940 and the Politics of War by Richard Moe Oxford University Press, 492 pp. Young Mr. Roosevelt: FDR’s Introduction to… Read more »

Abolition and Backlash

Efforts to ban capital punishment are growing. But keep this in mind: the last time the Supreme Court tried to end the death penalty, we got more executions.

Backward, Christian Soldiers

To end the culture war that divides America, we need to recognize that each side has the same roots: the radical democratic individualism of America’s Protestant heritage.

A Nudge Toward Temperance

The great policy challenge to cannabis legalization is discouraging problem use. Most consumers have no trouble keeping their consumption within reasonable bounds, but 10 to 15 percent lose control for months at a time, and some of them develop chronic problems. At any one time, there are a couple of million Americans who self-report that… Read more »

Free Money for Everyone

A wacky-sounding idea with surprisingly conservative roots may be our best hope for escaping endless, grinding economic stagnation.

Light Touch

How smart regulation and technological innovation ruined a perfectly good conservative crusade against government.

Tilting at Windmills

This column marks the dawn of the post-Charles Peters era of “Tilting at Windmills”; at eighty-seven, Charlie has decided to stop writing the column himself, and from now on a rotating cast of alumni of the magazine will be writing it. It’s appropriate that I am beginning the rotation, because I’m the one who, many… Read more »

The Limits of the Wonkosphere

Are we entering a golden age of policy journalism? Consider the evidence. Ezra Klein, founder of the Washington Post’s phenomenally successful online policy news site Wonkblog, recently left to form what he says will be an even more revolutionary digital venture in explanatory policy journalism. The Post says it will not only continue but beef… Read more »