Two pundits—one ancient and one modern—explore the past, present, and future of old age.
The End of a Dream?
America’s great age of growth is over and discontentment drives our politics. Yet there’s hope of modest economic advances, if only we clear the way.
Tighten Up the Hide
Laurent Dubois’s history of the banjo is a worthy contribution, even if it strikes a few discordant notes.
The Second Nuclear Age Updated
We’ve slipped into a second nuclear age, though most of the West hasn’t noticed. This one is a lot more complicated and a lot less stable.
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Latin America’s gangs terrorize its citizens and corrode its institutions. The rest of the world should beware their influence.
The Malthusian Holocaust
Timothy Snyder’s Black Earth fails to convince in its reinterpretation of the Holocaust, and its forecast of the next one.
The NRA has spun a story of the Second Amendment’s origins that has nothing to do with its real ones.