In Defense of the Filibuster
Why we shouldn’t listen to calls to get rid of the filibuster.
A Legal Framework for Drone Attacks in Pakistan
American drone attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan have become increasingly common and controversial. What broad principles should guide our use of these attacks?
Hope in a Democratic Age
In his new book, Alan Mittleman suggests why hope has been and will continue to be such an important force in our politics.
What the Health-Care Debate Is Really All About
The choice the country faces in health-care reform is a stark one with profound ramifications: What process will best deliver affordable quality health-care to all Americans, a government-driven or market-driven one?
Muslim “Leaders” Adding Fuel to the Swiss-Minaret-Ban Fire
It’s hard to credibly demand religious liberty when one is in the minority if one refuses to grant it when one is the majority. The principle “do unto others as you would have done unto you” should be a guiding ideal for all sides in the Swiss minaret controversy.
Avatar and its Conservative Critics
Is it possible for capitalism and democracy to support localist and communitarian ideals? According to one interpretation of a high-tech, agrarian-loving blockbuster film, the answer is yes. And this points to a challenge for conservative purists of all stripes.
Bad Reason and the ‘Manhattan Declaration’
A good deal of online commentary about a recent ecumenical statement misunderstands the nature of human reason.
How to Stop the Next Detroit Bomber
In response to the would-be Detroit bomber, Yemen wants more helicopters to counter terrorism. But there is no indication helicopters would have stopped him or that, over the long run, they will put an end to the activities of al-Qaeda enthusiasts. Counterterrorism efforts need to take hearts, minds, and wills seriously.