POTUS at the Bully Pulpit

On June 26 President Barack Obama delivered the eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where Pinckney and eight others had been gunned down by a... Read More

The Tide of History Flows Left

One of my history-minded friends has a long-range political view summed up in three words: liberals always win. Complex social struggles may take centuries or decades, he says, but they eventually bring victory for human... Read More

Pathologies of Power Widespread tendency to defer to authority plays important role in the expansion of state power

"A tyranny," Plato says in the Republic, "is the wretchedest form of government," and "a tyrant grows worse from having power: he becomes and is of necessity more jealous, more faithless, more unjust, more friendless,... Read More