Dinner Party Political Primer
The burdens of being an Informed Citizen are many. This weekend, you’ll probably be going out to some holiday party or d..
Prosecuting Insider Trading
In the summer of 1991, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit overturned the conviction, for stock ma..
The War Hero and the Chicken Hawk
They’re old men now, one unable to dress himself without help, the other living with a transplanted heart. Old men with ..
In Praise of Small Miracles
Most of us don’t save enough. When governments try to encourage saving, they usually enact big policies to increase the ..
Mad as Hellas
The Greek fiscal crisis erupted five years ago, and its side effects continue to inflict immense damage on Europe and th..
This Is Your Moment
I was born in 1970, on the heels of the civil rights movement. I didn’t witness my parents’ struggles and their parents’..
What if Whites Were the Minority?
In the responses to my “When Whites Just Don’t Get It” series, I’ve been struck by the lack of empathy some whites show ..
It’s Cruel. It’s Useless. It’s the C.I.A.
We learned a lot from that big Senate Intelligence Committee report on C.I.A. interrogation tactics after 9/11. It was w..
A New Age of Activism
There seems to be a new age of activism rising. From Occupy Wall Street, to the “Stop Watching Us” march against governm..
We’re Always Still Americans
Why do people line up to come to this country? Why do they build boats from milk cartons to sail here? Why do they trust..
über vs. Uber
Herta Kriegner, a graphic artist from Austria, likes the German word “uber.” It conveys, she told me recently, both a Eu..
The Woes of Working Women
Today, let’s take a look at the Little Bill That Couldn’t. Say hello to the Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act. It’s sort..
Democrats Against Reform
It’s easy to understand why Republicans wish health reform had never happened, and are now hoping that the Supreme Court..
Why Elders Smile
A few months ago, Ezekiel Emanuel had an essay in The Atlantic saying that, all things considered, he’d prefer to die ar..
Abusing Chickens We Eat
If you buy a Perdue chicken in the grocery store, you might think it had lived a comfortable avian middle-class existenc..

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