Columns

Willem Lange: All Aboard for the Mount Washington Summit

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mount Washington Cog Railway There’s always an air of slightly anxious anticipation among the crowds of people waiting to board the passenger cars of the cog railway. It’s most noticeable among those who haven’t been up the mountain before. They gaze upward along the impossibly steep track, which some days disappears into hanging clouds, and ask nervous questions about past …

Column: The Right’s Own Political Correctness

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Washington Scott Walker insists that when he changes his positions, he is not engaged in “flips.” “A flip would be someone who voted on something and did something different,” the Wisconsin governor explained last week on Fox News. His altered views on immigration don’t count because he is not a legislator. “These are not votes,” he helpfully pointed out. Sheer brilliance! Other than …

Column: As Whites Are Poised to Lose Majority Status, Backlash Is Muted

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The U.S. is in the midst of a demographic transition unlike any in history. No nation with a white European ethnic majority has evolved to become a nonwhite-majority nation, a shift the U.S. is on track to achieve by mid-century. Certainly no nation has done so after half a millennium in which white Europeans and their American kin colonized much of the (nonwhite) …

Column: A Picasso Masterpiece, Orphaned and Sold

Thursday, May 14, 2015

I feel sorry for Les Femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’), the painting by Pablo Picasso that just sold for $179.4 million. Now that it is in the possession of an anonymous collector, it is less likely than ever to be reunited with its 14 sisters in the Women of …

Column: Why Young People Shun Political Office

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Young people are disaffected with the political process and lack any interest in running for office, a new book by Jennifer Lawless of American University and Richard Fox of Loyola Marymount University demonstrates. Yet the book itself perhaps unintentionally underscores one of the key reasons why: We know …

Willem Lange: You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby, and Still Far to Go

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Montpelier It was a pretty quiet Mother’s Day around here: no kids sneaking up the stairs in the early light with coffee, juice and breakfast on a tray with a flower floating in a custard cup. No homemade greeting cards that will be saved forever. In fact, no …

Column: Obama and the Sheiks Hold On to a Marriage of Convenience

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tomorrow, President Obama will gather crown princes, emirs and sheiks from the oil-rich monarchies of the Persian Gulf at Camp David for a summit aimed at bolstering the U.S. alliance with their Sunni Muslim government. It’s an uncomfortable …

Column: Hillary’s Resume Is Good Enough

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

No one knows how Hillary Clinton will do as president, if she gets the chance. But we do know she is probably the best qualified presidential candidate ever, at least when it comes to checking off relevant boxes. This comes up today because Joseph Epstein, a writer for …

Column: Conservative Surprise in Britain

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Washington Prime Minister David Cameron’s surprising success in winning an outright majority of seats in Britain’s Parliament is the result of a paradox: The center in Britain held and flew apart at the same time. Neither the polls …

Column: Tom Brady Must Pay

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Washington The quarterback arrived at Salem State University by helicopter to adoring, cheering crowds. “Most famous witch hunt victims in Salem?” read one sign. “Bridget Bishop. Rebecca Nurse. Tom Brady.” Oh, please. I don’t care much about football in general or Deflategate in particular. At least I hadn’t …

Column: End Mass Incarceration

Monday, May 11, 2015

We’ve had the Ferguson riots, we’ve had the Baltimore riots, some think other American cities are due for the same treatment, racial tensions are high, and the country is once more debating what to do about poverty, educational …

Column: Shame of ‘Separate and Unequal’ Remains

Monday, May 11, 2015

In July 1966, James Baldwin published A Report from Occupied Territory, a despairing essay in The Nation contemplating race relations in American cities. Describing the deep sense of alienation and despair in the black community, Baldwin wrote: “The …

Column: Cruelty and Kindness Toward Animals

Monday, May 11, 2015

Washington We often wonder how people of the past, including the most revered and refined, could have universally engaged in conduct now considered unconscionable. Such as slavery. How could the Founders, so sublimely devoted to human liberty, have lived with — some participating in — human slavery? Or …