Ross Douthat

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

  • Ending or Winning?

    There's a lot to agree with in Peter Beinart's piece about Obama's quest to "end" the culture wars - particularly his point that as far as style and…

  • The Case For A Torture Commission, Cont.

    "Enhanced interrogation" yielded crucial intelligence that saved lives, says former Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen. No, says the Post's Dan Froomkin…

  • The Church and the Lefebvrists

    If you're looking for a more nuanced and detailed take on the Vatican's decision to lift the excommunication of four Society of Saint Pius X bishops…

  • The Teapot Analogy

    In response to this post, and the suggestion that even hardened atheists should occasionally feel faint tremors of "maybe God does exist" doubt,…

  • Means and Ends

    Drawing Che Guevera into the earlier conversation about Irish terrorists, Arab terrorists and counterfactuals, Larison writes:Lincoln, Wilson and…

  • The Two Losts

    From Todd VanDerWerff's meditations on the season premiere:I suspect when all is said and done that the history of Lost will cleave it pretty neatly…

  • The Auteur Theory

    Via Isaac Chotiner, I see that David Carr has a novel theory of the Oscar nominations:... what's particularly clear this season is that the Academy…

  • The Oscars (II)

    We disagree about the merits of Revolutionary Road, but for a similarly damning (and more comprehensive) take on this year's nominees, I recommend…

  • The Oscars

    Allow me to quote myself, from the latest issue of National Review: ... the [Christmas] rush is worse for critics than for viewers, since at least…

  • Small-Government Egalitarianism?

    Speaking of week-old blog posts, here's a provocative argument from Edward Glaeser - one that foreshadows, I suspect, some interesting…

  • Roe Turns Thirty-Six

    This has been making the rounds already, but it's hard to come up with a better way to mark the occasion:

  • The Lefty Press in the Age of Obama

    In my recent bloggingheads session with Yglesias, I talked a lot about the perils awaiting the progressive mediasphere in an age of liberal dominance…

  • The Pro-Cheney Case For A Torture Commission

    As Daniel Larison notes, the one place where Obama explicitly invoked "false choices" in yesterday's speech was his Bush-rebuking reference to "the…

  • A Little Carter, A Little Reagan

    The speech, I thought, was a sometimes-dissonant, sometimes-successful attempt to marry expansiveness and sobriety. The language of realism was woven…

  • Quote For the Day

    Lift every voice and sing. Till earth and heaven ring, Ring with the harmonies of Liberty; Let our rejoicing rise. High as the listening skies, Let…

  • Achieving Our Country

    I'll watching the Inauguration of Barack Obama tomorrow the way a good American should: At home, over some sort of brunch, in front of a…

  • More Judeo-Christianity

    Razib rounds up the responses to his case against the term "Judeo-Christian." I should note that mine was not intended to be a full-throated defense…

  • The End of the Bush Presidency

    Bob Woodward offers ten lessons to be drawn from the Bush Administration; none, as you might expect, are terribly flattering to our soon-to-be…

  • Probably and Perhaps

    The Christian Science Monitor, on those anti-theist bus ads:Much of the campaign's initial buzz centered on the assertion that God "probably" doesn't…

  • Hamas, the IRA, and America

    In the wake of the barrage from Larison, Massie and McArdle on the subject of the U.S. relationship to the IRA, I will concede that in spite of its…


What Happened to the Milky Way?

Light pollution has taken away our ability to see the stars. Can we still save the night sky?


The Faces of #BlackLivesMatter

Scenes from a recent protest in New York City


Desegregated, Yet Unequal

A short documentary about the legacy of Boston busing


Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life

The Supreme Court justice talks gender equality and marriage.


Social Media: The Video Game

What if the validation of your peers could "level up" your life?


The Pentagon's $1.5 Trillion Mistake

The F-35 fighter jet was supposed to do everything. Instead, it can barely do anything.



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