The Entrepreneurial Edge
For 30 years, the United States has ridden a spectacular wave of technology-based entrepreneurship. Now, with economic lethargy at home and rising challenges abroad, can the wave be sustained?
Even when big business was incontestibly king, entrepreneurial forces drove the American economy and powered its periodic renewals. Today, there are worrisome signs that the game is up.
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The Scourge of Juristocracy
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.
The Conscience of a Collector
As the years go by and his first editions gain in value, a once starry-eyed book collector is faced with questions beyond price.
America's Changeable Civil War
A century and a half after the first state seceded from the Union, a lively debate over what caused the Civil War continues.
Poland's New Ambitions
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.
An Entrepreneurial Recovery
Big business gets the headlines, but thousands of upstart companies do most of the heavy lifting in the American economy.
China's Other Path
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.
The Enterprise of Nations
Critics have tried to explain away the West's centuries-long economic domination of the globe; they would do better to study its lessons.
Recession's Lasting Impression
Not surprisingly, experiencing a recession during one's formative years can affect views on government spending for life.
The Not-So-Long Arm of the Law
How can we define the legal status of those detained at Guantánamo Bay?
Peace Corps Follies
Is the Peace Corps sending " the wrong people to the wrong countries" for the wrong jobs?
No Martyr Left Behind
Is "leadership decapitation" an effective strategy in combating terrorist organizations?
Time and again, California's ballot initiatives have stymied liberal aims, but the state's fiscal gridlock is a disaster for all.
Hail, Divided Government
America has two completely different modes of government: One party controls both Congress and the presidency, or each party controls one branch. Which mode is more effective?
The Paradox of the Welfare State
The paradox of the welfare state in both America and Europe is that over time its success began to undermine its appeal.
Visible investments help buoy a college's reputation, but they don't help students learn.
The Other Insurance
While the majority of Americans who reach age 65 will eventually require long-term care, only 1 in 10 have long-term care insurance.
Do Learning Styles Matter?
Is customizing learning experiences to different learning styles a waste of time?
Homeless Chicagoans with a mental illness can access subsidized housing in only two weeks, where others have an average wait time of seven years. Why are there so few takers?
With fierce competition between print and online news sources, ditching outdated conventions could help print break even.
Linking to the Obvious
Although many political bloggers fancy themselves cutting-edge journalists, they aren't doing the heavy lifting required by actual reporting.
Who's to Blame?
As scientists learn more about genetic predisposition, can the concept of behavioral free will remain relevant?
Better Science Through Failure
"The problem with science isn't that most experiments fail - it's that most failures are ignored."
Hairless skin may not seem a very notable human trait, but it has allowed significant advantages over our closest primate relations.
The Invisible Hand
Translating fiction and poetry is a thankless task, one that earns little respect in the world of academic and little pay outside of it.
For Chile, what good old days?
In only two decades, Chile has nearly eliminated the slums and shantytowns once home to more than a fifth of the residents of its capital city, Santiago. Why are so many people left feeling unsatisfied?
A military junta has ruled for 48 years in Myanmar, where poverty prevails and a third of children under age five suffer from malnutrition. Are monks the key to revolution?
Well, Isn't That Special?
For a century or more, physicists have assumed that the universe began in a special state endowed with low entropy — but that’s an uncomfortable assertion.
Putting Theory to the Test
If the theory of evolution were on the ropes, we'd hear about it first from ambitious biologists seeking to promote their research findings.
Nearly two centuries after her death, Jane Austen's very name has become a global brand.
It's taken a long time to grasp the consequences of the ice storm that hit the American family in the late 1960s.
Paths of Progress
Freedom to travel is the essence of progress, and the open road remains the most alluring mode of transportation around the world.
Agents for Change
In the traditional, deeply religious Middle East, change is coming from within. Muslim women are running for office, starting careers, and taking to university lecterns by embracing Islam, the very belief system that many in the West see as subordinating them.
Suits and Ladders
Who drives national security in America, and just how big should the security apparatus be?
Man on the Run
To many of Jefferson's contemporaries, his greatest scandal had nothing to do with Sally Hemings.
The Cure That Killed
How the practical uses of arsenic in daily Victorian life led to thousands of accidental poisonings.
The Seeds of Defeat
The Battle of Waterloo was much more than an example of total defeat; It marked a pivotal event that made almost a century of peace possible in Europe.
With new access to archived letters and diaries we gain a fresh perspective on E. M. Forster's private life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of the best and most prolific authors of 19th-century America, believed that too much reading stifled the creative impulse. Why?