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David Blankenhorn
Better Angels
Codes of Conduct
Calling Miss Manners

How everyday violations of decency threaten a democracy.

Community Organizing
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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.

2016
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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Walter Russell Mead & Staff
The Inauguration

As Donald Trump takes the oath, an essay on the historical forces that have shaped this moment by Walter Russell Mead.

Recessional

Clearly a lot of frustration for the outgoing American President has been stored up in the Russian psyche.

the roots of populism

If the term “intellectual” only encompasses thinkers on the Left, then it is only natural that right-wing populists would turn it into a slur.

Rebuilding America

Paul Ryan will target $40 in private investment for every $1 his caucus approves in infrastructure spending.

Violence in Myanmar

Many of Myanmar’s long-suffering Rohingyas are now turning to internationally funded Islamist insurgents to resist the government.

The Shale Rebound

Texas’s Permian Basin has been called “the crown jewel of the world’s oil and gas industry.”

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