Clive Crook

07/21/2014 - 1:37am

    Malefactors of great wealth get a lot of press these days. The poor, not so much. There might be a connection. Concentrating on the super-rich seems to divert attention from the more serious social injustice at the other end of the income scale. If you're born into a poor family in the United States, you'll find moving up is harder than it would be in...

06/23/2014 - 3:50pm

    As Iraq unravels, a painful truth about U.S. politics and foreign policy is becoming more evident: The United States is very good in all-or-nothing situations, but all-or-nothing situations don't often arise.

    The "war on terror" is the paradigm example...

06/23/2014 - 3:48pm

    Americans are too worried and at the same time not worried enough about political polarization. Ideological rivalry is a good thing, not a bad thing: It's the reason for democracy, not a drawback of democracy. However, when rivalry hardens into a sullen standoff - not a contest of ideas but a bloody-minded...

03/27/2014 - 3:33am

    Gregory Clark's startling new book, "The Son Also Rises," asks you to rethink everything you thought you knew about social mobility. His research, if it's correct, isn't good news. It says that socio-economic status is mostly a matter of nature not nurture, and suggests that trying to help...

01/23/2014 - 2:21am

    Of the scandal threatening New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the aspect that struck me most forcibly had nothing to do with the governor's prospects in 2016. I suppose I reacted as a foreigner and a former civil servant: Putting aside the details of who knew what and when, how could an instruction to create a...

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