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September 27, 2013 9:00 AM The Real Meaning of American Exceptionalism

In recent years, the term “American exceptionalism” has sometimes been an empty applause line, a fancy way of shouting “USA! USA!” Vladimir Putin recently went so far as to proclaim that “It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see...

By Cass Sunstein

July 25, 2013 10:21 AM Bill O’Reilly's Race Problem

Monday night, Bill O’Reilly delivered “an impassioned talking points memo.” As described by Foxinsider.com, O’Reilly “tackled the race problem facing America and the lack of leadership by the president to solve these issues.” Last night, O’Reilly continued the theme by...

By Harold Pollack

July 14, 2013 11:57 PM “Meritocracy” Is Not What You Think

This has come up before and before, but I think it’s worth explaining again.In the context of a dispute with transit unions, public relations person Sarah Lacy writes: People in the tech industry feel like life is a meritocracy. You...

By Andrew Gelman

July 02, 2013 11:00 AM Why America Needs the Humanities

At some point in high school, in one of those endless bifurcations people come up with to make sense of society, I realized that all the smart guys at my school could be divided up into two categories–word guys and...

By Jamie Malanowski

June 21, 2013 8:00 AM Why Fort Hood Needs a New Name

This piece first ran in The Dallas Morning News on June 16, 2013.Fort Hood is the Army installation in Killeen, halfway between Austin and Waco. The base opened in January 1942, serving as a training center for soldiers joining artillery...

By Jamie Malanowski