Being There: A Slice of U.S.-Israeli Relations
The tempestuous course of U.S.-Israeli relations in recent years has been the subject of much rancor and speculation. Here’s how a formative period looked from close up, inside the White House.
In international comparisons of electoral integrity, the United States does not score high—but most Americans appear to neither know nor care about it.
Changing how elections are structured can help depolarize U.S. politics without jeopardizing the democratic process.
Wat in the World
Aleksander Wat’s life and work stand as warning that the totalitarian temptations of the 20th century have yet to run their course.
The Transparency Paradox
Contrary to the naive sirens of maximum democracy, greater transparency is as much a problem for good governance as it is a solution.
The U.S. budget process lies at the core of U.S. political dysfunction because it provides too many points of entry for the logic of collective action. It cannot be changed fundamentally, but it can be reformed at the margins.
Reading Coates, Thinking Obama
Ta-Nehisi Coates has managed to write a book on America’s racial dilemmas without involving either Barack Obama or Martin Luther King, Jr. Or has he?
Polarization and Partisanship
If polarization and extreme partisanship in American politics are but skin-deep—problems caused by activists and professionals rather than the electorate as a whole—then reforms are possible. Happily, that’s the case.