In Essence

Patent drawing of a shopping cart by John V. Ondrasik via

Patents used to protect intellectual property. Now they stifle innovation.

Photo of Arlington Cemetary gravestones via U.S. Department of Defense

Until the Civil War, hasty burials on the battlefield were the norm.

Pulling back from America’s global commitments would amount to a “massive experiment.”

Photo of a mushroom cloud from a 1953 atomic bomb test by U.S. Department of Defense

America’s Cold War wizards botched many predictions. But that was often for the better.

U.S. President Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan on December 8, 1941. Photo via Associated Press

Congress is surrendering its Constitutional powers to the president.

Photo of Tea Party protest by Sage Ross via Flickr

A growing number of Americans don’t identify with either political party.

The federal stimulus often neglected the areas hit hardest by the recession.

Photo of Wipro chairman Azim Premji at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland by World Economic Forum via flickr

THE SOURCE: “Where Do India’s Billionaires Get Their Wealth?” by Aditi Gandhi and Michael Walton, in Economic and Political Weekly, Oct. 6, 2012.

THE SOURCE: “Copycat China” by Yu Hua, in Prospect, Sept. 2012.

Painting of Commander Oliver Hazard Perry during the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812 via Wikimedia Commons

THE SOURCE: “Military History on the Electronic Frontier: Wikipedia Fights the War of 1812” by Richard Jensen, in The Journal of Military History, Oct. 2012.