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Is Capitalism Moral?

The John Templeton Foundation recently asked more than a dozen leading scholars and public figures to write short essays responding to the question, “Does the free market corrode moral character?” Templeton also sponsored an event in London on this subject in early December, from which the conversation below is adapted.

Punctuating History

What you see of 1990s-era America depends on where you stand.

Four Traps

Overcoming barriers to effective immigration reform.

A Letter From Air Force Two

Traveling with the Secretary of State can be fun (and games).

Back to Basics

Some truths about the relationship between policymaking and intelligence.

Do No Harm

The global dimension of the U.S. war on drugs needs downsizing.


Hollywood-produced movies like Kung Fu Panda paint Chinese culture in a positive light for all the world to see, which has Beijing wondering, “Why can’t we do that?”

The Comanches and Us

Historians traffic in characters and plots. They appreciate the extent to which timing, location and personality matter. Anthropologists, on the other hand, eschew the importance of contingency, inadvertence and timing, treating humans like predictable atoms, not willful Adams.

Facing Facts about Immigration

Today there is a sizeable gap between elite and non-elite opinion on immigration reform. Time to cut through the fog of fear and moralizing dividing them.

Silver Linings

This is not your grandfather’s Great Depression. It’s ours. And it will scar and mold and re-shape us in its own unique way.

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Jason Willick on the inadequacy of the donor class vision for the GOP.

Regulate Don't Kill

Trying to apply blue model thinking to post-blue problems is foolish.

A New Cud to Chew

Feeding cows seaweed could cut out 99 percent of their methane emissions.

Trouble in Brussels

After threatening Putin with new sanctions over Syria, European leaders discover they lack the political will to deliver.

The United States is now going to have to figure out how to help Venezuela avoid completely melting down, with the Venezuelan strongman still at the helm.

Fear the Airpocalypse

Companies are defying orders to cut back on air pollution.

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