Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.

  • Who's Afraid of Low Birthrates?

    Yglesias wonders, in the context of the Georgian Patriarch's pro-natalist baptism policy:Less clear to me is why so many people seem concerned by the…

  • The Church, AIDS and Africa, Cont.

    My comments on the question of Pope Benedict's culpability for mass suffering and death in Africa has generated quite a lot of reader email, as you…

  • Conservatives, Crime Policy, and the Black Vote

    A little while ago, Shelby Steele wrote an op-ed discussing the problems that conservatives have appealing to minorities, and especially…

  • The Heresies of Freeman Dyson

    If for some unfathomable reason this engaging Times profile - which focuses on his late-in-life career as a global warming skeptic - is your first…

  • Let The Wild Rumpus Begin

    Well, this should be interesting, at the very least ...

  • The AIDS Libel

    I was going to let the latest round of outrage about the Pope, condoms and AIDS pass without throwing in my two cents, but then Jeff Goldberg went…

  • Crime and Punishment

    Isaac Chotiner, on that Atul Gawande piece I just mentioned:Gawande makes the case that [solitary confinement] can plausibly be called torture. He…

  • The Tough-On-Crime Trap

    Atul Gawande's New Yorker piece on solitary confinement deserves to be read in tandem with Cato Unbound's symposium on American incarceration rates.…

  • The Rise and Fall of Culture11

    An interesting, largely fair-minded look at a much-too-short-lived experiment.

  • The Life and Death of Miss Jade Goody

    Via Alex Massie, a life story that no contemporary novelist could invent - and that no future historian of the reality-TV era will be able to resist.

  • Collapse or Consolidation?

    Andrew Stuttaford's big Standard piece on Europe and the economic crisis offers a lot to chew on, but the essential argument is this: Having created…

  • The Religion of John Rawls

    Tyler Cowen calls this piece, on Rawls' relationship to Christianity, "one of the best mid-length essays I've read in some time." I concur. Here's a…

  • The JournoList, Revisited

    Reihan does a good job of exploring what you might call the "sociology of political journalism" angle to the liberal list-serv story, which to my…

  • Kinsley and Stem Cells, Revisited

    Michael Kinsley was kind enough to respond to this post, in which I objected to his suggestion that pro-lifers who oppose embryo-destructive research…

  • Is There A New Progressive America?

    Here's an interesting go-round between Jay Cost and Ruy Teixeira, pivoting off the latter's recent report on "A New Progressive America." I'm on…

  • The Rise of Ezra Klein

    It's awfully hard to say anything that constructive about the infamous JournoList without having access to the kind of discussions that take place on…

  • The Church and the World

    Via John Schwenkler and Commonweal, it's nice to see somebody in the Vatican finally saying the right things - the Christian things, if you will -…

  • Dated Paul, Married Sanford?

    Michael Brendan Dougherty's profile of Mark Sanford makes for interesting reading; so do the follow-ups from Reihan (here and here) and Larison. You…

  • A Crisis of Confidence

    These are ugly, ugly numbers no matter how you slice them. But those who slice with outlandish coup scenarios in the back of their minds will note…

  • Griefs Observed

    I don't really have any commentary to offer here, but it's been striking to read Amy Welborn's reflections (start here, then go here and here and…


Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.


What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.


Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.


Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.


Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.


The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air