March/ April/ May 2014
Table of Contents

Editor’s Note

The Limits of the Wonkosphere By Paul Glastris

Tilting at Windmills

A bygone age … The unraveling … Faith in institutions By Nicholas Lemann

Ten Miles Square
Nana for President

Could becoming a grandmother ease Hillary Clinton’s path to the White House?
By Haley Sweetland Edwards

Light Touch

How smart regulation and technological innovation ruined a perfectly good conservative crusade against government.
By Rachel Cohen

Features
Free Money for Everyone

A wacky-sounding idea with surprisingly conservative roots may be our best hope for escaping endless, grinding economic stagnation.
By Ryan Cooper

Oops: The Texas Miracle That Isn’t

Conservatives say the Lone Star state’s recent record of growth validates their economic agenda. That record crumbles upon inspection.
By Phillip Longman

Big Whopper Economics

Want fast-food workers to get a raise? Let local restaurant owners form a union to fight their corporate masters.
By Josh Freedman

How Not to Make a Hash Out of Cannabis Legalization

Leaving it to the states is a recipe for disaster.
By Mark Kleiman

A Nudge Toward Temperance


By Mark Kleiman

Nonprofit Motive

How to avoid a likely and dangerous corporate takeover of the legal marijuana market.
By Jonathan Caulkins

It's All in the Implementation

Why cannabis legalization is less like marriage equality and more like health care reform.
By Jonathan Rauch

On Political Books
Origins of Ideology

Are left and right a feature (or bug) of evolution?
By Chris Mooney

Broken Promised Land

Truman’s quick recognition of Israel was tragic, dysfunctional, and quintessentially American.
By Heather Hurlburt

Backwards, Christian Soldiers

To end the culture war that divides America, we need to recognize that each side has the same roots: the radical democratic individualism of America’s Protestant heritage.
By Paul Baumann

Refuting US Declinism, Sort of

Don’t worry about America losing its dominant position in the global economy. Worry instead about whether average Americans will benefit.
By Anne Kim

Journalism and the CNBC Effect

Before 2007, the press failed to see the growing rot in the U.S. financial system and warn the public. Why?
By Steven Waldman

Taking on the Heiristocracy

History shows that growth alone won’t stop vast economic inequality.
By Kathleen Geier

Abolition and Backlash

Efforts to ban capital punishment are growing. But keep this in mind: the last time the Supreme Court tried to end the death penalty, we got more executions.
By David Dagan