In most of the world, yes. In the United States, not any more.
The CIA's brand of rational analysis is perpetually half right in a way that makes it completely wrong
The "morality gap" is becoming the key variable in American politics
What are the main elements of national well-being? It is startling how out-of-date and out-of-touch our official politics has become
Marriage used to provide access to sex. Now it provides access to celibacy
W. G. Sebald wrote of the pain of belonging to a nation that, in Thomas Mann's words, "cannot show its face"
Developments, encouraging and otherwise
Pacific Northwest ingredients, Asian theme
Richard Powers is getting bigger and more ponderous. Nicholson Baker is getting smaller and more evanescent. Decision: Baker
My own private Groundhog Day
What to read this month
A malady that does not speak its name
Celebrity trials can turn into media lynchings. Last year a Connecticut jury convicted Michael Skakel of killing his neighbor Martha Moxley twenty-seven years ago, even though the prosecution had no fingerprints, no DNA, and no witnesses. The author, a former New York City prosecutor, argues that his cousin's indictment was triggered by an inflamed media, and that an innocent man is now in prison
Too much trust can actually be a bad thing—a polity of suckers is no better than a nation of cynics. But Americans' steadily declining faith in one another is a warning
The most important long-term social fact in America may be the rising rates of intermarriage among members of ethnic and racial groups. A glimpse into our mestizo future