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The Wrong Way to Improve Civic Life

A piece in the Washington Post calls for taking away voter rights, but it can't quite explain why.

By Nathan Pippenger

The Real IRS Harassment Scandal

Republican treatment of the IRS offers a microcosm of government dysfunction.

By Nathan Pippenger

Donald Trump, American Narcissist

For Donald Trump, narcissism takes precedence over fascism.

By Kevin Mattson

A Smarter Intervention Debate

What lessons have liberals learned from recent interventions? The answer isn't clear—but it will matter when the next crisis hits.

By Nathan Pippenger

In Search of a Global Ethic

Research in 25 cities shows that norms across cultures may not be so different after all.

By Devin Stewart