Parties on the eve of the 2016 election

From Pew Research Center, a special report on the parties on the eve of the 2016 election: Two coalitions, moving further apart. Matt Grossmann and David A. Hopkins, authors of Asymmetric Politics: Ideological Republicans and Group Interest Democrats, on how Republicans and Democrats can’t even agree about how they disagree; and how different are the Democratic and Republican parties? Too different to compare. Lee Drutman on the Divided States of America: Rather than being one two-party nation,

Paper Trail

Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Sympathizer, maps the current fight over cultural appropriation and outlines the myriad ways—acknowledging history, accepting criticism, taking responsibility—that writers can advance the argument over who gets to write about what. “If all of this seems too difficult, then you understand why people would rather fight


Reforming the Racist Criminal Justice System

John MiddletonThroughout the Democratic primaries, police brutality and systematic discrimination in the criminal justice system have become critical campaign issues, due in large part to the unrelenting pressure

Daily Review

A Failed Bully in His Debate with Clinton

I think my strongest asset, maybe by far, is my temperament,” Donald Trump said in the first Presidential debate, at Hofstra University, on Long Island, on Monday night. “I have a winning temperament. I know how to win.” On the split screen, his opponent, Hillary


Adam Fitzgerald

When I first met Adam Fitzgerald in 2009, we were both fledgling graduate students, and I knew from the moment he entered the room that he was the personification of a promising young poet, with whirlwind energy, incredible charisma, and insatiable precocity


Marc Lamont Hill on Ferguson, Mike Brown, Freddie Gray, and State Violence


Elephants in Lake Charles

Arlie Russell Hochschild

"YOU CAN TELL I’m a Republican,” Janice Areno says as she invites me to sit down in her office, Elephants fill three shelves of a wall opposite her desk, One is blue-and-white porcelain, a second is gold, a third is red, white, and blue and stands near a young child’s drawing of a yellow one.