Ross Douthat

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

  • Meet the New Core, Same as the Old Core

    I try to avoid so much as thinking about Harvard these days, having spent more of my post-college life immersed in the topic than is strictly healthy…

  • Immigration and the GOP

    What David Frum said.

  • The Times and the Man

    Jay Cost makes a sharp point about Tommy Thompson's hopeless, embarrassing campaign for the Presidency: Sixty years ago, before the rise of…

  • Today's Best Debates

    Ramesh Ponnuru versus Thomas Edsall on Giulianism. (I'm with Ramesh.) Christopher Orr versus E.J. Dionne on heterodoxy and orthodoxy in the GOP.…

  • Invincible Ignorance

    I'm sure there will be worse reviews of Benedict XVI's Jesus of Nazareth, but it's hard to imagine there will be many that are more annoying that…

  • The Case of John Ashcroft

    Both Matt and I have both made comments along these lines before, but with Andrew remarking that "I never thought I'd say this but in comparison with…

  • Great Moments In Constituent Services

    The cult of "something must be done" claims another victim:Senator Jim DeMint, Republican of South Carolina, said he had doubts about this approach,…

  • Nobody's Perfect

    There isn't a living critic I respect more than James Wood - and I respect him more than most of the dead ones, too. So it's with something…

  • The Wisdom of Repugnance

    Julian Sanchez is quite right about this: If you support the blanket legalization of abortion, there's really no reason to find the abortion of…

  • The Party of Peace

    Via Rod Dreher, a fascinating reminder that Ron Paul is right about at least one thing - there was a time when the GOP sold itself as the anti-war…

  • Where Are The Realists?

    I think Andrew is getting a little too excited by the Ron Paul phenomenon. The idea that Paul should be removed from the debates is ludicrous,…

  • Nothing Would Be Better

    Of George Lucas' stated intention to make two more made-for-TV Star Wars films, Tyler Cowen remarks "better than nothing." I'm not so sure. Is what's…

  • Talent on the Military

    Regarding my earlier post on whether we should increase the size of the military, Jim Talent writes in:Ross Douthat ... disagrees with my claim (in…

  • Falwell vs. MLK

    Via Matt, here's Michelle Goldberg on Jerry Falwell: It's hard to believe now, when evangelicals and fundamentalists make up the most organized bloc…

  • Giulianism and the GOP

    Tom Edsall’s TNR cover piece on Rudy Giuliani is persuasive when it argues that Rudy could win the Republican nomination despite being pro-choice -…

  • Bushism Lives?

    Daniel Larison thinks I'm being too hard on myself: Who among the leading candidates is making a real small government agenda an important part of…

  • The Black Legend

    Sherwin Nuland, reviewing a book about dissection in the latest TNR, writes: A few weeks before reading Katharine Park's intriguing volume on the…

  • Our Boer War?

    Daniel Larison, in the course of arguing - rightly, I think - that Woodrow Wilson's foreign-policy legacy was far more disastrous than George W. Bush…

  • How Dare They?

    Scott Lemieux wonders "how on earth" Christine Stansell's retelling of the history of abortion rights made it into the New Republic, since it breaks…

  • The War Party

    Sometimes, you get things wrong. In January, just as the long march to primary season was getting under way, I wrote a piece for the Atlantic in…


What Happened to the Milky Way?

Light pollution has taken away our ability to see the stars. Can we 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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