How Long Should the Dead Rule?

Should wills have an expiration date?

Following the Science Isn’t Our Nature

The reaction to the pandemic has long since been about much more than the pandemic.

US Births Drop Sixth Year Straight

We’re at the lowest rate in generations.

Growing Up Too Slowly?

If the younger generation seems to be maturing later, there are good reasons.

Unskilled? No Problem!

Are we thinking about job training all wrong?

Masking Outdoors

Science, politics, and social norms intersect in some really strange ways.

COVID Passports Redux

Competing analogies and externalities.

New York Launches COVID Passport

The Excelsior Pass is the nation’s first. Will it start a trend?

The Social Psychology of Email

The fear of missing out is strong.

Fact-Checking in a Fact-Free World

Debunking urban legends and Internet rumors is harder than it used to be.

Culture Clash at the New York Times

America’s Newspaper of Record needs to figure out what it wants to be.

Radicalism and Internet Culture

Does online performance logically devolve into rage and violence?

America’s Kristallnacht

“Trump is a failed leader.”

Trump Banned from Twitter

Hashtag: You’re Fired.

The Nasty Politicization of COVID

Our cultural divide over the pandemic is turning us into worse people.

The Politics of Vaccination

The science and ethics are not the hardest part of determining who should go first.

The Scouring Of The Shire

Saruman’s rigid arrogance ultimately made him pathetic. Sound familiar?

The High Cost Of Authoritarianism

We spend so much time fighting over who should be in power that we don’t get anything important done.

Donald Trump v. Stacey Abrams

Gracious concessions are the norm except when they’re not.

70 Percent of Republicans Believe Election Unfair

The President’s message is getting through.

Two Parties, Not Two Countries

We’ve just had an election, not psychoanalysis.

Two Different Americas

The degree to which the country is divided is truly shocking.

Ginsburg, Garland, and Court Packing

Two related discussions.

Disdain for the Less-Educated?

Is shunning those without college degrees the last acceptable prejudice?

Andrew Sullivan’s Complicated Legacy

The one-time wunderkind, blogging pioneer, and same-sex marriage champion is now on the outs.

Political Culture Eats Institutions For Lunch

Institutional reform is necessary, but we can’t accomplish much in the face of tribalism.

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Perspective on the Current Contentiousness

This is not even close to the worst it’s ever been.

Stupidity Was The Other Plague We Mismanaged

Having failed to prevent or contain it, aggressive stupidity is now washing over us.

Cancelations Are Seldom Permanent

The weirdness of Internet outrage culture.

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Republicans Refuse to Wear Masks

A majority of Americans of every sex, race, education, income, or region do the right thing. With one exception.

Reaction to Letter on Justice and Open Debate Proves its Point

Free speech is not for everyone.

Mob Tears Down Baltimore Columbus Statue

A controversial monument in Little Italy has been destroyed.

Cancel Cancel Culture

The state of American debate is not strong.

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Political Dialog in the Age of Trump

It’s difficulty to have have a conversation with an albatross hanging over it.

Civility Strained by Coronavirus

We’re a long, long way from normal.

Boy Scouts File for Bankruptcy

The venerable youth organization has fallen on hard times.

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Analysis vs Advocacy

A recurring source of friction in the OTB conversation.

Paperwork and the Poor

Our measures for preventing abuse of our social welfare system are preventing those who need it most go without.

The Hidden Left-Liberal Divide

One side is arguing over rules while the other is focused on consequences.

Majority Supports Life In Prison Over Death Penalty, Poll Finds

A new poll finds that a strong majority of Americans support life in prison instead of the death penalty.

Thinking About Arguing About Politics Over Thanksgiving Dinner? Don’t

Given the times we live in, you may be tempted to argue about politics tomorrow. Here’s my advice — don’t do it.

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Don’t Be Afraid Of Technology

There’s far more good in technology than bad, but these days we seem to be far more focused on the bad right now.

Where Has the Decade Gone?

No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.

Discourse II

Expanding on yesterday afternoon’s post.

The Impossibility of Discourse

The liberal notion that people are persuadable through airing of ideas is obsolete.

The End of Consensus

A conservative columnist argues the legitimacy of our system is in question.

Bob Woodward Heckled for Doing His Job

The norms of social discourse are rapidly changing in the #MeToo era.

Fundraising While Black

An incident this week in Arkansas is just the latest example of a depressing and dangerous trend.