The Far Side of Meritocracy
Michael Young's coinage of the term "meritocracy" is turning fifty years old. Young's satirical warnings of its downside remain as fresh as ever.
The Happiness Imperative
Our modern cornucopia of consumer goods is supposed to make us happier, but it doesn't. Here's why.
Will the Kurds Get Their Way?
The rising prospect of Kurdish independence, with Iraqi Kurdistan as its epicenter, portends major disruptions in Southwest Asia and beyond.
Is Geography Destiny?
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Americans lost a "sensibility about time and space," says Robert D. Kaplan. His new book seeks to restore it.
Sincerity, a quality we typically think of as a constant and unchanging human virtue, is anything but.
None of the Above
Expect no grand political realignment this November. Neither party has the right diagnosis for what ails America, and much less a cure.
Death (and) Taxes
Opponents of the "death tax" are really aiming at the idea of progressive taxation itself. Years of perfecting a deceptive pitch have brought them to the edge of victory.