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The Wounded Home Front

A supporter of the Iraq War reckons the costs of “small wars”.

The State of Afghanistan

The Obama Administration can’t avoid state-building if it wants to exit the war safely.

Terms of Contention

There is no consensus about what plutocracy and democracy mean, or how they interact to shape 21st-century American politics.

Contagious Narcissism

The dissipation and ego that were Norman Mailer’s life have now sired lesser children.

American Dreams, American Resentments

As went the 19th-century family farm, so goes the 20th-century homeowners’ dream.

Left Out

How do we explain the puzzling weakness of liberal populism?

The Inequality That Matters

Most claims about inequality are groundless. One, however, is not.

Hedging Risk

We have to learn to live with a large and sophisticated financial sector.

The Leopard and the House Cat

The problem with confusing uncertainty and risk.

No-Cost Stimulus

How to get the economy going again without busting
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Risky Business

The Long March toward a Chinese meltdown continues.

Make NATO Great Again

Is this the Trump effect?

Terror in the Philippines

The Philippine president cut short his Russia trip to deal with a terrorist outbreak at home.

The Nork's Nukes

As North Korea’s missile progress proceeds apace, the U.S. is coming ever closer to a binary choice: war with North Korea or acceptance of its deterrent.

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A state-run insurance system would cost more than California spends on all other public services—education, police, pensions, and more—combined.

Energy Innovation

How close are renewables to a shale-like boom?

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