Restoring America’s image around the world
Fast food as scapegoat for fat America
Overweight kids in home-alone America
A secular look at one of the century’s deepest thinkers
The future of globalization
Liberalism’s urban legacy
How to get back on track after No Child Left Behind
Civic entrepreneurs will be critical to the success of these fledgling independent public schools
I have been tasked to write on governance in the contemporary era, a time when many knowledgeable commentators believe that democracies across the western world are performing poorly in the face of new challenges arising from demographic and technological change. Commentary on the state of contemporary liberal democracy clearly tends toward the pessimistic: The vague and persistent feeling that democracies have become ungovernable has been growing steadily in western Europe. The case of Britain has become the most dramatic example of this malaise…
The tension between the concepts of “civilization” and “the forces of history” can be tracked around the world from deep antiquity until at least the early 20th century. Since then, for many political reasons, neither the idea of civilization or historically transformative forces has been considered worthy of attention or even to possess intellectual legitimacy for serious world leaders. This may now however be changing as, for example, the European Union’s disregard for the continent’s civilization (as in the determination not to refer to Christianity in its draft constitutions) has troubled many.
Trouble at the core of the medical economy
Blame-shifting after 9/11.
Parents and teachers have lost patience with childhood
What has been keeping Pyongyang afloat?
P.J. O'Rourke on A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe
Islamist inmates tell their stories
The low-tax beginnings of American prosperity
Damning facts, dubious laws, and the separation of powers