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Peter N. Stearns
Sincerely Yours

Sincerity, a quality we typically think of as a constant and unchanging human virtue, is anything but.

Social Studies

David Brooks’s attempt to popularize social science’s recent harvest of insight succeeds, mostly.

The Evolution of Grief

The growth of grief in a changing culture.

Mood Swings

American emotional conventions have changed, not always for the better.

Funny Bones of Contention

Political humor is serious business.

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Walter Russell Mead & Staff
Why We Can't Have Nice Things

Déjà vu all over again.

Public Opinion

A new Gallup poll registers big increases in respect for police, including among Democrats and nonwhites.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Both Washington and Manila are doing damage control in the wake of Duterte’s latest comments, but the real test is yet to come.


Even the New York Times is beginning to acknowledge Obama’s sorry legacy in the Middle East.

beyond blue

Financial literacy has to become a basic element of the U.S. educational system.


The inability to pass the easiest of trade deals with Canada speaks to a deeper structural crisis at the heart of the continent.

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