Peter Skerry
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Procedural Precursors
The Dead End of “More Democracy”

If our democratic system is more “open” than ever before, why are today’s politics so alienating to so many?

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Procedural Precursors
Will the Real Populists Please Stand Up—or Perhaps Sit Down and Chill

Populism on the Right has been facilitated by the Left’s obsession with participatory democracy.

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What Once Was
Nathan Glazer—Merit Before Meritocracy

The perambulating path of this son of humble Jewish immigrants into America’s intellectual and political elites points to how much we have overcome—and lost—over the past century.

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The View from Saxony
A Conversation with Antje Hermenau

An ex-Green politician discusses the failure of German elites—and why shunning populists backfires.

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Unasked Questions
Dancing Around the Caravan

The press has shown a curious reluctance to explore the roles of two key actors in the ongoing drama at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Trump and the Border Crisis
Explaining the Indefensible

It is difficult to resist the temptation to rant against the ineptness and mean-spiritedness of the Trump Administration’s recent border apprehension policies. Yet the moral and ethical obtuseness on display is the product of a long and complex history.

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sex and the middle east
Does the Arab World Need a Sexual Revolution?

If educated Arab women respond to repression by adopting a transgressive liberationist agenda, it won’t serve any of us well.

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Review
A Flawed But Important Take on Immigration

Immigration Outside the Law By Hiroshi Motomura Oxford University Press, 2014, 360 pp., $29.95Hiroshi Motomura, professor of law at UCLA, has written the most thoughtfully and honestly argued brief for a liberal immigration regime in the United States that one is likely to find.  Exploring the implications of the Supreme Court’s landmark 1982 decision in […]

Facing Facts about Immigration

Today there is a sizeable gap between elite and non-elite opinion on immigration reform. Time to cut through the fog of fear and moralizing dividing them.

Islam in America

Four new books try to strike a balance between fear and complacency over America’s three million Muslim citizens.

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