2012 US election
The Unintended Reformation
The long-term effect of the Reformation was to create "the kingdom of whatever", a world where meaning is self-invented and meaninglessness is the public philosophy.
How Obama won—and what it means for America
A highly disciplined targeted campaign delivered the Presidency to the Democrats again.
Wisdom from Massachusetts
The failure of a referendum on assisted suicide shows that "dying with dignity" is not a progressive cause.
The role model
Many Chinese believe that Barack Obama exemplifies the best of the West in culture, compassion and morals.
More caution in foreign policy
We can expect a great deal of unhappiness with the second Obama administration overseas.
It starts tomorrow: names you’ll need to know for 2016
Get in there early -- meet the candidates for the world's highest office in 2016.
The audacity of pose
Soaring words are for the birds. You campaign with poetry, but you govern with prose.
Is Hurricane Sandy the “October surprise” we’ve been waiting for?
The massive storm is more than just a weather event. It could decide the election.
Where are the “deep divisions”?
Since 1820, American presidential elections have almost always been extremely close.
Who won? Does it really matter?
What debates show is how candidates perform under pressure. What they actually say matters much less.
Dr Capable or Mr Charm?
Should we like politicians who send the charm meter off the scale, or those who have decency and good judgment?
The US needs to debate targeted killing with drones
Are drones really compatible with "our traditions of rule of law and due process", as President Obama claims?
Those “deeply personal” political decisions
The hoary political cliché “I’m personally opposed, but…” might mean tolerance. More often it means indifference, hesitation, deceit, or cowardice.
Books bashing Beijing lose the plot
You can't solve America's problems by exaggerating China's.
Works, not faith
Mitt Romney’s fitness for the presidency should be judged on his policies and record, not on his Mormon beliefs.
Debunking the myth of the self-made man
There was at least a smidgen of truth in President Obama's insistence that "you didn't build that".
The Gray Lady learns how to genuflect
After years of bishop-bashing, the New York Times is now holding up America's Catholic bishops as experts in justice and compassion. It must be election time.
Chick-Fil-A and the one day that changed the world
Fast food activism at its best: the groundswell of support for traditional marriage will embolden people to stand up to bullying by the Thought Police.
The President has twisted immutable truths in the Constitution and Christianity into their opposites.
2012, the next upheaval
Governments and popular movements will be grappling with the explosive cocktail of global governance, austerity and democracy.