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 »
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.
History shows that growth alone won’t stop vast economic inequality.
Before 2007, the press failed to see the growing rot in the U.S. financial system and warn the public. Why?
Don’t worry about America losing its dominant position in the global economy. Worry instead about whether average Americans will benefit.
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.
Are left and right a feature (or bug) of evolution?
Why cannabis legalization is less like marriage equality and more like health care reform.
How to avoid a likely and dangerous corporate takeover of the legal marijuana market.
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 »
Leaving it to the states is a recipe for disaster.
Want fast-food workers to get a raise? Let local restaurant owners form a union to fight their corporate masters.
Conservatives say the Lone Star state’s recent record of growth validates their economic agenda. That record crumbles upon inspection.
A wacky-sounding idea with surprisingly conservative roots may be our best hope for escaping endless, grinding economic stagnation.
Our selection of recent political cartoons.
How smart regulation and technological innovation ruined a perfectly good conservative crusade against government.
Could becoming a grandmother ease Hillary Clinton’s path to the White House?
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 »
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 »
Truman’s quick recognition of Israel was tragic, dysfunctional, and quintessentially American.