Philip A. Wallach
Wikipedia Commons
Institutional Decay
The Fall of Jim Wright—and the House of Representatives

If you want to understand what’s gone wrong in Congress, the career of Jim Wright offers a good place to start.

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Technocracy and Democracy
The Taming of the Few

In his new book, ex-central banker Paul Tucker explores the legitimacy crisis of the regulatory state—and argues that with great unelected power comes great democratic responsibility.

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Eminent Domain
Divided Over a House

A new movie about the famous eminent domain case Kelo v. New London shows us more than a fight about a house. It shows us a conflict between two core American values.

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Sayre's Law
Congress: Where Politics Goes To Die

Today’s Congress is failing because it gives its members so few chances to openly debate and make meaningful decisions.

Philosophy & Policy
To Whom Respect Is Due

Matthew B. Crawford’s The World Beyond Your Head is a thoughtful philosophical discourse on modernity and its discontents—with plenty of resonance for our current political moment.

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