Essays
Philipp Foltz, Pericles’ Funeral Oration
The Crisis of Liberalism
Against Democratic Defeatism

David Stasavage’s new global history of democracy argues that it is neither a Western invention nor as fragile as today’s cynics think.

Techlash
What Big Tech Can Learn from the Comic Book Industry

Calls are growing on both left and right for government to rein in Big Tech. There is a better way—drawn from, of all things, the comic book industry.

The Revolution in Belarus
No Country for Simple Solutions

Getting Belarus on track will be difficult. But it must be tried.

Do Deficits Matter?
Peering into the Wild Red Yonder

Republican tax-cutting, new Democratic fiscal thinking, partisan tribalism, and our shrinking political center have made deficit hawks an endangered species on both the left and the right. Where this takes us next is anyone’s guess.

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Political Realignment
The Center Can Hold

If there is ever to be a revival of centrist politics, its advocates must come to terms with the conditions that enabled populists to rise on the right and the left.

A Conversation with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
Cleaning Up America’s Offshore Act

The Democratic Senator from Rhode Island on offshore finance, its links to global corruption, terrorism and crime, and the ways American laws and professionals are enabling them.

Transition Crisis
Getting from November to January

Wargaming shows that, short of a landslide victory for Joe Biden in the upcoming elections, we may be headed for a severe constitutional crisis. Here are six strategies for averting the worst outcomes.

Hiroshima at 75
A Peek into Our Nuclear Future

Tomorrow is the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. With the world ever more dangerous, and with rising authoritarian challengers emboldened, a look at what the next 75 years of the Bomb might bring.

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Emotion in American Life
Why We Dislike Shame—and Can’t Get Enough of It

Why shaming is essential in America today—and some suggestions for curbing its excesses.

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Lessons from the Second World War
A Reply to President Putin

The European Parliament and President Putin are distorting the lessons of World War II. But their debate spotlights questions about the future of world order in the 2020s.

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