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Is Biden—Or Any President—The Essence of Evil?

It’s easy, perhaps even inevitable, to describe Joe Biden’s handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal as reckless, misguided and utterly inept. But is it appropriate, or constructive, to classify the president himself, or any of...

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The Most Dangerous Myth in American Politics

What’s the most dangerous myth in contemporary politics—a fable that damages both major parties while powerfully promoting polarization? In addition to our era’s most outrageous conspiracy theories (about Hillary Clinton and...

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The Myth of “Systemic Racism”

The newly popular charge that America suffers from “systemic racism” ignores the realities of how our current system of law, politics, business and culture really work. In legal terms, racism has been illegal for 50 years with bans on...

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Fascinated by the Destructive Power of Politics

A new poll from the Wall Street Journal and NBC News shows Americans are slightly schizophrenic in their attitude toward politics. More people than ever before say they’re interested, even absorbed, with the politics of the moment, but...

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Corruption In Context

News media portray today’s politics as incomparably corrupt, focusing on endless scandals to tarnish politicians in general and the Trump administration in particular. But in historical perspective, corruption is far less rampant...

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Why Do Americans Prefer Sports to Politics?

During a visit to Washington DC in June, I saw an estimated 200,000 revelers in the street to celebrate what some called “the greatest day of my life.” The cause for jubilation wasn’t some political victory; it was the clinching game...

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Secession and Other Fantasies

Some fringe conservatives seem perversely determined to turn a stinging electoral defeat into an epic, sweeping disaster. That’s the deeper meaning of current talk about impeachment, secession, third parties, civil disobedience, and...

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Leaders from Nowhere—and Everywhere

The two candidates for president share more than their Harvard Law degrees and their fiercely competitive instincts: both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney convey an odd but undeniable sense of rootlessness, bearing connections to so many...

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