William Galston

Obama's Uncertain Legacy

A presidency of great symbolic value had both ups and downs. But Obama's greatest achievements now hang in the balance.

What’s the Purpose of an Acceptance Speech?

It can mobilize a majority, or forge one—or diminish one. Which path will Trump choose?

Collective myopia is the core disease of our time.

Against Short-Termism

The New Politics of Evasion

New thinking and favorable demography have largely addressed the Democrats' old problems. Now it's the Republicans who can't face reality.

The Long Term Is Now

As the population ages, the costs financial and social of long-term care will rise rapidly. And our current model of funding it will not work.