Twelve years into a new century, a kind of grimness pervades the United States. Is it just the post-crisis hangover of a stagnant job market, or have the era's upheavals and uncertainties, at home and abroad, changed something fundamental?
Their Tocquevillean Moment … and Ours
The great 19th-century observer of America's democratic revolution has much to teach the tumultuous new century.
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Take some favorable demographics, add a generous shot of American ingenuity, and stir in a very large quantity of natural gas, and you have the beginning of a bright new American future.
The Withering of the Affluent Society
Though Americans see upward mobility as their birthright, that assumption faces growing challenges, with consequences not just for the size of our wallets, but for the tenor of our politics.
For 36 years, it has been The Wilson Quarterly's central preoccupation: What's on the horizon for the great American experiment?
Beyond the Brain
In the 1990s, scientists declared that schizophrenia and other psychiatric illnesses were pure brain disorders that would eventually yield to drugs. Now, they are recognizing that social factors are among the causes, and must be part of the cure.
The Dawn of Market Urbanism
A better approach to shaping the places in which we live has emerged just as Americans responding to the rising cost of energy begin to crowd into older suburbs and cities.
The Campaign Triumphant
They're long, exhausting, and sometimes appalling, but America's raucous presidential campaigns are also testimony to the success of its continually evolving democracy.
How to bring back the Constitution
There's a huge difference between judicial constitutionalism and political constitutionalism.
Will Iran Defeat Itself?
Leaders in Washington and Tel Aviv discuss whether sanctions or military force is the best way to deal with Iran. But what about another option - doing nothing?
Are election observers obsolete?
Their impact is waning as some regimes ramp up pre-election manipulation — which is less likely to be criticized and punished.
Frayed in the U.S.A.
Exports will resurrect America's economic might, but they won't improve Americans' incomes.
Global warming in my backyard
If Americans care about global warming, why isn't that reflected in their fuel choices?
A Prescription for Health Care?
Health care costs are sucking the country dry. Here's a way to change that.
Glossed in Translation
Mussolini banned all foreign words in pop culture — a practice that continued well after his reign ended.
Gertrude Stein's Buried Beliefs
Less known than her art: she was a supporter of France's Nazi-collaborationist Vichy regime.
The Russian Math Deluge
What was a collaborative boon for some American academics turned out to be a liability for others.
The end of the British welfare state as we know it?
Britain is one of the bastions of the modern welfare state, but that may not be true for much longer.
Don't Blame Madrasas
If you want to know how terrorists are groomed, look beyond the walls of these Islamic religious schools.
Bad Medicine for the Congo
The Congo is riven with corruption and intense “grassroots antagonisms over land and power.”
Remembering the Holocaust
Between 1939 and 1945, Nazi Germany fought two wars. One was a war of conquest against armed countries. The other was a war of annihilation against Jews.
The Color of Friendship
“If we’re not talking about why black people and white people don’t hang out and play Scrabble together, we’re not talking about the problem.”
Proud American: Lyndon Johnson and "The Passage of Power"
The "Johnson treatment" meets the "Kennedy mystique" in Robert Caro's latest installment on Lyndon Baines Johnson.
Orwell's Record of Achievement
When Orwell discovers one of his own contradictions, wrote Christopher Hitchens, “he tries his best to be aware of the fact and to profit from it.”
The Powers That Be: The Dictator's Learning Curve
Today’s dictators and authoritarian regimes are “far more sophisticated, savvy, and nimble” than those of the past.
Is the U.S. the "most Philosophical Nation on Earth"?
America is "an unprecedented marketplace of truth and argument that far surpasses ancient Greece, Cartesian France, 19th-century Germany, or any other place one can name over the past three millennia."
A Brief History of Internal Time
The story of the daily rhythms of our bodies begins with the study of the skies.