Essays

When rights are at issue, Americans instinctively turn to the courts. It is an undemocratic habit that they have exported, along with the underlying institutions, with dismaying success.

Critics have tried to explain away the West’s centuries-long economic domination of the globe; they would do better to study its lessons.

For all of China’s economic achievements, the heyday of its entrepreneurs lies more than 20 years in the past. Renewing that era’s rural capitalism would yield more balanced growth and go a long way toward reducing today’s trade tensions.

As the years go by and his first editions gain in value, a once starry-eyed book collector is faced with questions beyond price.

A century and a half after the first state seceded from the Union,a lively debate over what caused the Civil War continues.

Two decades after Solidarity’s triumph, Poland is leveraging its geography and aid dollars to pay forward the support its struggling democratic movement received from abroad.

Big business gets the headlines, but thousands of upstart companies do most of the heavy lifting in the American economy.

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Photo of statue of Joseph Pulitzer by Pete Toscano via flickr

Today, as newspapers are shuttered and reporters panhandle for work, it's worth remembering Joseph Pulitzer, whose taste for sensationalism and sense of public service midwifed American journalism into the modern era.

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