Michael Kinsley

Michael Kinsley is a columnist for Bloomberg View, and was previously a columnist for Politico, the Washington PostTime, and the Wall Street Journal. He was an editor of The New Republic and a founding editor of Slate magazine. His most recent book is Please Don’t Remain Calm (WW Norton & Company, 2008). His most recent article for the Monthly was in our Just The Facts Symposium. He worked at the Washington Monthly as a managing editor from 1975 to 1976.


Republicans and Abortion: A Brief History

“The question of abortion is one of the most difficult and controversial of our time.” That sweet reason is from the 1976 Republican platform, three years after Roe v. Wade, which ruled that a woman’s right to abortion is protected by the Constitution. The platform went on in the same moral-relativist vein. “There are those… Read more »

What Ayn Rand Taught Paul Ryan

“I grew up reading Ayn Rand, and it taught me quite a bit about who I am and what my value systems are and what my beliefs are. It’s inspired me so much that it’s required reading in my office for all my interns and my staff.” — U.S. Representative Paul Ryan, Republican vice presidential… Read more »

Will Rude Commenters Seem Quaint in 20 Years?

A couple of weeks ago, using same-sex marriage as an example, I wrote about how quickly moral perceptions can change. My point was that surely there is something in our culture — an attitude or policy — that we accept without thinking today, but will in 20 years seem as outrageous, cruel or absurd as… Read more »

Romney’s Zero Tolerance Approach to the Unsuccessful

Why does a typical bus driver in the U.S. earn a monthly income (after taxes) of $1,594, while a typical bus driver in Peru earns $325? Why does an American airline pilot bring home $4,206 a month, while a Lithuanian doing what we hope is pretty much the same job with the same training has… Read more »

You Will Be Embarrassed About This in 20 Years

Just 16 years after a Democratic president signed the fatuously named Defense of Marriage Act, defining marriage in the U.S. as requiring one man and one woman, the debate over gay marriage is over. Isn’t it? Even though DOMA is still on the books, even though most states that have voted on the issue have… Read more »