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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
October 20, 2014
From the November/December Issue

Good Government, Bad Government

Fortuitous historical sequencing in political development is one of the keys to good government.

The Oldest Hatred

Does Anti-Semitism Make You Poor?

Germans from districts that persecuted Jews the most zealously don’t invest as much in the stock market, according to a new study. Anti-Semitism isn’t just contemptible; it is evidence of an inability to understand a complex world.

October 19, 2014
Modi Rising

Modi Wave Continues to Surge

Modi’s BJP sweeps to victory in two state elections.

Report from Liberia

Ebola Out of Control

A chilling account from an African film-maker suggests that the outbreak in Liberia may be much worse that reported.

Campus Kangaroo Courts

The Underside of “Affirmative Consent”

California’s new law establishing strict standards for college students’ sexual activity has been lampooned for applying legalism to the libido. But the consequences for those who run afoul of the new policies are no laughing matter.

Green Dreams

The EU’s Resolve Wavers Ahead of Climate Change Deal

Poland leads a group of central and eastern European countries highly skeptical of a raft of new EU green policy proposals. Green dreams are running headlong into harsh economic realities in Brussels next week.

American Exceptionalism

What Are We Fighting For?

Roger Berkowitz recently gave the opening lecture at the Hannah Arendt Center Conference “The Unmaking of Americans: Are There Still American Ideas Worth Fighting for?” For the weekend read this week, we provide an edited transcript of Professor Berkowitz’s speech: “American Exceptionalism: What Are We Fighting For?”

Education Innovation

School Choice Works Wonders in Ohio

The economically disadvantaged students at Cristo Ray Columbus High School in Ohio graduate both high school and college much higher than other students with similar backgrounds. This is what good teachers, school choice, and innovative thinking can do.

when the well runs dry

To End Shortages, Make Water More Expensive

Water use is a prime example of economic activity in which poor pricing mechanisms have led to dangerous waste and overconsumption—and in this case, massive droughts in California. Some say it’s time to make water more expensive.

Caught Red Handed

Seattle’s Reds Have Minimum Wage Blues

A Seattle socialist group has posted a want-ad for a new employee at $13 per hour, despite campaigning for a $15 per hour living wage.

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