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Clinton’s Alinsky Problem—and Ours

Saul Alinsky wasn’t a Marxist, and Hillary Clinton wasn’t his acolyte—though you wouldn’t know if from today’s political discourse.

Listening to Trump Voters

The commentariat spends a lot of time talking about Donald Trump—time that might be better spent listening to the people who are voting for him.

Better Angels
The Honorable William F. Winter
A Conversation with William F. Winter

David Blankenhorn talks with with William F. Winter, who has spent a lifetime in Mississippi politics.

State of the Union
The Honorable William F. Winter
In Defense of the Practical Politician

Why government by political outsiders doesn’t necessarily leave us better off.

Better Angels
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With the Anti-Trumpers in New York

This weekend’s anti-Trump protest in New York featured a fair amount of anti-police and anti-free speech rhetoric from the protest leaders. Even so, the course of wisdom is not simply to criticize the protests, but to swell the anti-Trump cause.

State of the Union
The Seven Habits of Highly Depolarizing People

How to make friends and influence people on the other side of the aisle.

2016 And Beyond
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Trump’s America

What’s most significant about Trump isn’t his success, but our collective failure.

State of the Union
Why Polarization Matters

Polarization is more our problem than our politicians’. The success of the nation requires that we, the people, overcome it.

A Reply
Lincoln v. Obergefell

If you are seeking out conflict and polarization for the sake of doctrinal purity, Lincoln is not the champion for you.

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What Would Lincoln Do?

Ever since his death, politicians and activists have recruited him for their pet causes. It’s time to leave Lincoln alone.

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Asia's Game of Thrones

As Duterte continues to slam the U.S. and look to China, Japan is caught in an awkward position.


By snubbing nuclear power, Berlin has consigned itself to decades of coal dependence.

The European Immigration Crisis

There is nothing so permanent as a temporary measure.

Miracles Can Happen

It’s probably not a model for the country (as some analysts would have it), but it shows that compromise is possible when all parties involved are committed to finding a practical solution.

Putin on a show?

Russia’s advantage in Syria is a matter of political will, not technical capability.

Higher Education Watch

Colleges make resident assistants “mandatory reporters” for potential Title IX violations.

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