Essays
Israel-Palestine
Don’t Give Up on the Two-State Solution

Unilateral Israeli annexation would be a mistake, but Peter Beinart’s one-state solution is an approach that compounds one mistake with another.

T.S. Eliot, 1923 (Wikimedia Commons)
A Study in Poetry
Eliot the Enigmatic

A new collection of “The Essential T.S. Eliot” samples his poetic genius, but fails to meet the modern reader halfway.

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Weekend Watch
Will the Real Mrs. America Please Stand Up?

FX’s fictionalized take on Phyllis Schlafly asks a question that’s still with us today: Who gets to claim the mantle of a women’s movement?

Signal to Noise
The Rights and Responsibilities of Internet Platforms

Ahead of the 2020 elections, a furious political fight is brewing over how internet platforms moderate expression by their users. It’s grounded in misunderstandings about freedom of expression that need to be re-framed.

political reform
Ensuring Electoral Integrity

To stave off crisis, America’s elections must become more transparent.

Photo by Fahrul Azmi on Unsplash
China-India Standoff
Between Ladakh and a Hard Place

The Modi government has cooled public passions about the Chinese border clashes with nationalist rhetoric and a few economic sanctions. But India’s strategic position is weak—and Modi knows it.

Via Kremlin.ru
Governing Russia
Vladimir Putin vs. “Citizen No”

Putin’s rigged plebiscite might have formally extended his control over Russia—but beneath the surface, cracks are widening and discontent is growing.

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China and Religious Freedom
Where Is the Panchen Lama?

As the Dalai Lama turns 85, the Chinese Communist Party is stepping up its plans to control the selection of the Tibetan spiritual leader’s successor. The kidnapping of the six-year-old Panchen Lama and his family 25 years ago shows how far it is prepared to go.

Photo by Nick Chong on Unsplash
The Inequality Debate
Should America Still Believe in Free Markets?

Americans of all stripes are losing faith in free markets. To understand why, we can’t just look at wealth inequality—the distribution of human capital is even more important.

Retroview
When the Monsters Come Due

Sixty years later, the most portentous episode of The Twilight Zone resonates for its chilling study of paranoia and mob psychology.

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