City Journal Archives - Ethics & Public Policy Center

Free the Mind from Bitterness

Americans have become dangerous to themselves. This must be transcended.

Infamy and Mythology

For Donald Trump, yesterday’s events may prove to be as much one as the other.

Christmas in a Dark Time

Christmas should speak of the power of love, of forgiveness—a truce, a tenderness. There’s not much of that right now in the noisy, nasty public square.

Elite Opinion Is Never Wrong

Reality may fail to measure up to cocktail party assumptions, but the chit-chat of the better people rings on, unchanged.

A Noisy Place

Our exhausting and not-yet-settled election of 2020 should remind us that America has rarely been “one nation, indivisible.”

Two Universes

In 2020, a mind open to the other side’s point of view—a mind capable of truly understanding that point of view—is rare.

Fire, Again

The current outbreak of protests and riots feels like a sudden, comprehensive event of physics or meteorology, a perfect storm of perfect storms, multilayered and interpenetrating and simultaneous.

The Other Great War

Rudyard Kipling’s World War I-era book contains surreal and haunting similarities to today’s pandemic.

The War Goes On

Americans are engaged in a great double struggle—against a pandemic, but also against one another.

Calamity Has Much to Teach

We live in history—and calamity has a lot to teach us. Some say that we learn only by suffering and disaster.