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Bergdahl, Manning, and the Overextended National Security State

The contretemps over the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been occasion …

Posted June 16th, 2014

Reading & the “Attention War”

Focus is a difficult thing to muster these days. As David Brooks …

Posted June 14th, 2014

Handwriting Matters, After All

Aside from its qualitative benefits, handwriting serves important quantitative purposes, as well.

Posted June 4th, 2014

When Automation Comes for the Professional Class

Last week Michael Strain composed a compelling summary of many of the …

Posted June 3rd, 2014

Colorado Makes an End Run Around the FDA

Kianna Karnes was a 41-year-old mother of four children diagnosed with kidney …

Posted May 30th, 2014

As Detroit Prepares for Clear-Cutting, Signs of Hope

Yesterday an Obama administration-convened task force released what the New York Times called …

Posted May 28th, 2014

Why Sprawl Goes Broke, but Cities Rebound

Suburban sprawl often comes under criticism for a variety of aesthetic, environmental, …

Posted May 24th, 2014

Transit Gives Millennials an Off-Ramp From Cars

For generations of young Americans, a driver’s license stood as the ticket …

Posted May 14th, 2014

The Stillness of Saturday

It’s Saturday—the day of waiting, the day of quiet. The day when …

Posted April 19th, 2014

When Seized Land Lies Fallow

When then Justice John Paul Stevens handed down his now infamous ruling …

Posted April 16th, 2014

How to Run Virtuously

James McWilliams wrote an interesting but disappointing piece on exercise addiction last …

Posted March 1st, 2014

Of Binge-Reading and Libraries

Think that public libraries are dying out? Not so fast: the Pacific …

Posted February 12th, 2014

How Over-Classification Hurts the Fight Against al-Qaeda

Last week Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, an anti-terrorism think tank, …

Posted February 11th, 2014

The Great Society’s Great Cost

The Congressional Budget Office did not exactly say Obamacare would cost the …

Posted February 11th, 2014

A Cheney Vet Takes Aim for the Next War

John Hannah here argues that Saudi fear and loathing of Iran destroys the case …

Posted December 3rd, 2013

The “Death of Writing” & Return of Oral Culture

Amidst reports of the ensuing “death of the novel,” former USA Today …

Posted November 12th, 2013

Syria Destroys Chemical Weapons Capacity, but Distrust Remains

The process of destroying Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile has been going well, …

Posted November 1st, 2013