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The Emerging Overbalance of Power

When good guys have preponderant power, things tend to be all right—even with a Chinese accent.

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Troubleshooting
Finance and Innovation

Assessing the impact of a modern financial sector on an economy’s capacity for innovation is tricky. We’re working on the problem.

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Homo Americanus
The Rhythm of Happiness

A meditation on happiness, personal yet probing, from 1958.

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A College President Speaks

Gerhard Casper’s memoir focuses on the highest principle of higher education: academic freedom.

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If the GOP Takes the Senate...
Expect Minor Tremors in Foreign Policy

Executive-Legislative Branch dynamics over foreign policy are less affected by partisanship than is the case in domestic policy.

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Public Defenders

Two veteran public high-school teachers parse new books about what they do every weekday.

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Greek to Me

Aristotle and Plato famously differed about plenty, but we might take to heart what they agreed on.

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The Melody Man

A reflection on Jerome Kern, the man who created the American standard.

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What’s Going On

The state and the state system alike are in trouble, and the reasons may go deeper than most suspect.

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Audacities
Canada to the Rescue!

Most proposals about unifying the United States and Canada are based on economic complementarity and cultural affinity. Here’s one based on institutional necessity.

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