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Timeless stories from our 172-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
Why liberals should give up on the judiciary
It is often said that our Constitution is alive. As the Supreme Court reinterprets the law in different eras, our rights both grow and diminish—sometimes with glacial slowness, sometimes with…
The politics of abortion after Roe v. Wade
The religious origins of American liberalism
In Henry IV, the king on his deathbed gives his son and heir the ancient advice dear to the hearts of rulers in dire straits at home: I . .…
What comes after the American Century?
From Letter to the Americans, which was written in 1949 after a visit to New York City. It will be published for the first time in English this month by…
Will COVID controls keep controlling us?
How the White House misled Ukraine
From Constructing a Nervous System, a memoir, which will be published this month by Pantheon. I started teaching women writers in the early Nineties. When I thought about my own…
One of the few clear goods to have emerged from the social and political turmoil of the past decade is a collapse of faith in public opinion polls. Last fall’s…