The major American parties have ceded unprecedented power to primary voters. It’s a radical experiment—and it’s failing.
Instantaneous communication can be destructive. We need to tweak our digital platforms to make time for extra eyes, cooler heads, and second thoughts.
Highly partisan redistricting is a scourge, but the solutions involve political judgments that no court should make.
Even robots are trying to hold Donald Trump accountable.
The case for a new term that describes all sexual minorities
A very short book excerpt
If conservatives want to save the GOP from itself, they need to vote mindlessly and mechanically against its nominees.
How a new kind of labor organization could address the grievances underlying populist anger
He may well try to govern as an authoritarian. Whether he succeeds depends less on what he does than on how civil society responds.
The outgoing president has resolved old problems and avoided new ones.
It happened gradually—and until the U.S. figures out how to treat the problem, it will only get worse.
Why Americans tend more and more to want inexperienced presidential candidates
The Confederate flag has been taken down at South Carolina’s Capitol. Why not get J. Edgar Hoover’s name off the Bureau’s headquarters?
When President Obama tells Americans to stop worrying, he’s accused of fecklessness. But he has a point: we have never been safer.
What a growing body of research reveals about the biology of human happiness—and how to navigate the (temporary) slump in middle age
Faced with sweeping social change, conservative Christians are walling themselves off from secular society. But when religion isolates itself, both sides lose.
Why Washington needs more honest graft
Medical treatment for aging, chronically ill patients is costly and often ineffective. Can they get better care at home?
How Anita Bryant, Jerry Falwell, and Orson Scott Card have advanced the cause of gay rights
What happens when a young man who doesn't yet know he's gay tries to get into bed with a woman? An excerpt from Denial: My 25 Years Without a Soul, a new memoir of self-torment and sexual discovery.