"Defeat in Victory" -- The Atlantic Monthly, December 2000
A review of Crucible of War, by Fred Anderson.
Politics & Prose: Be Afraid -- April 2000
If the digital revolution produces the dystopian nightmare envisioned in the April issue of Wired, humanity's only hope may be the end of capitalism as we know it. Try selling that in an election year.
Politics & Prose: How Big Business Got a Soul -- March 1999
Early in this century, advertising and public relations helped give corporate monoliths a new image, shaping public opinion in the process. A look at a new history of how it happened.
Against Inequality -- The Atlantic Monthly, April 1999
A valiant proposal to give every American twenty-one-year-old the same chance to prosper (or fail).
Politics & Prose: Unsparing Witness -- December 1998
Most of us know that transgressions like Thomas Jefferson's were common. But few are aware that the topic of sex and slavery was treated openly and
unflinchingly in the nineteenth century by an Englishwoman named Harriet
Politics & Prose: Newt's Last Stand -- November 1998 Christopher Caldwell, the author of last June's "The Southern Captivity of the GOP," on why Newt Gingrich couldn't save his party from its paralysis. Plus, Jack Beatty offers "A Modest Proposal" to Republicans in search of a unifying issue.
Politics & Prose: Flight or Fight -- January 1997
Wealthy Americans are evading taxes in unprecedented numbers, and the result
is class warfare -- fought by the rich, not the poor.
Politics & Prose: Victories without Victors -- December 1996
At the end of a century of liberal triumphs, nobody wants to take the credit.
A musing on the curious transformation of the term "liberal" -- from a
description to an accusation.
From Out of the South -- The Atlantic Monthly, November 1995 All God's Children: The Bosket Family and the American Tradition of Violence, by
The Road to a Third
Party -- The Atlantic Monthly, August 1995
The golden rule of political analysis is that in order "to discover who
rules" you must "follow the gold (i.e., trace the origins and financing of
the campaign . . .).
Who Speaks for the
Middle Class? -- The Atlantic Monthly, May 1994
Whatever their rhetoric may be, as a practical matter the Democrats think
first of the less fortunate, the Republicans of the well-to-do. Meanwhile,
the nation-breaking crisis of the middle class continues.
Anachronism -- The Atlantic Monthly, June 1989
A conceptual guide to the major East-West issue for the rest of the
century--how to cut the price of a military standoff that costs the two sides
$600 billion a year to sustain.