1 September 2009

This is not only the end of the Kennedy dynasty

Yes, Ted’s death represents the end of the line for ‘America’s royals’, but it also exposes the ideology-shaped hole in the Democratic Party.

17 August 2009

America’s health wars

The backlash against Obama’s modest healthcare reforms is born from the fear of an uncertain future and a distrust of the political class.

28 July 2009

Obama: the king of low expectations

Healthcare controversies, dumb comments about the arrest of a Harvard professor, and ‘frumpy jeans’: is Obama losing his Midas touch?

9 June 2009

Government Motors is no substitute for General Motors

Yes, GM showed itself incapable of mass-producing decent cars and keeping people employed – but Obama’s intervention won’t turn things around.

20 May 2009

America’s ‘cash for grades’ scandal

In giving students money if they pass their exams, some American schools are polluting the spirit of education.

25 March 2009

The politics of gay marriage

The referendum in California that banned gay marriage raises tortuous questions about the clash between majority rule and minority rights.

6 March 2009

From Nixonland to Obamaland

A study of how Richard Nixon exploited the Culture Wars in the 1960s sheds new light on his political era - and on the Obama era, too.

19 February 2009

Beware predatory prosecutors online

Laws ostensibly designed to protect children online are being used to punish them for sexual shenanigans or for ‘harassing’ their teachers.

18 February 2009

It takes more than money to revive an economy

Why President Obama’s $787 billion recovery package won’t fire up the US economy — and might even make things worse in the long term.

21 January 2009

Now it’s time to put the ‘we’ into ‘Yes we can’

The inauguration of Barack Obama as the Forty-Fourth President captured people’s yearning for historic momentum, and Obama’s lack of it.