Private firms have become uneasy about keeping tabs on customers, but they should put collective safety ahead of profit.
The president vows to tackle inequality, but his cautious proposals are bound to disappoint those who believe his promises.
Elizabeth Warren and her Democratic allies should not fool themselves into thinking that Americans who are angry at elites and corporations also favor wealth redistribution.
Why does the system penalize quid pro quo bribery severely but shrug off the malign effects of campaign donations?
The old pitfalls of new sensitivities in political speech
The newspaper's editor defends Edward Snowden-related scoops with flimsy, self-contradictory reasoning.
In a representative democracy, data only goes so far—and knowledge is no substitute for real regulation.
Turning phone-metadata collection over to telephone companies or a third party introduces new security risks without meaningfully addressing civil-liberties concerns.
Until Democrats—liberals and centrists alike—show government can work, the public won't be receptive to government-driven social-justice proposals.
Strange times: Paul Ryan embraces anti-poverty programs, business groups strike back, and The Economist lauds regulation and downplays privacy concerns.
Fresh off a political victory over the GOP, he's offering to slash entitlements with chained CPI—a regressive tax increase—and pointless cuts to Medicare.
Progressives are gleeful: They took Larry Summers down, and now the GOP is self-destructing over defunding Obamacare. But they're missing the big picture.
A free society requires vigilant protection of a free press—and of national security. Each poses full legitimate claims, and neither should a priori trump the other.
How small concessions can help ease massive conflicts, from the Cold War to the Middle East.
Individuals like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev or Anwar al-Awlaki shouldn't be classified as enemy combatants, nor should we pretend they are common criminals.
The majority of Republicans wanted to impeach Obama before the latest scandals. High partisanship and a low legal threshold are a recipe for self-destruction.
The left dare not answer conservatives by simply saying government is good. Instead, it must make special interests a rallying cry.
The main point of judgment comes before one asks which means are legitimate when attacking an enemy -- it is whether we should fight at all.