Wall Street Journal Archives - Ethics & Public Policy Center

The Jury’s Answer in the Derek Chauvin Trial

An officer’s cruelty, a mob’s threats and a long, tragic history add up to a conviction for murder.

Joe Biden’s American Grandstand

The president panders to the young, like the Dick Clark of 21st-century statesmen.

Amazon Won’t Let You Read My Book

“When Harry Became Sally” addresses the scientific, medical, political and philosophical issues at the heart of our national debate on transgender issues. We should have that debate, and Amazon shouldn’t get in the way.

Seeing Red and Feeling Blue: America’s Rotten National Mood

Injury can bring a country together. But this is a compound fracture to the national psyche.

Religious Liberty Isn’t Enough

President Biden’s pledge to heal and unify seems to mean giving the far left everything it demands in the culture wars. Conservatives therefore must resist. Yet in doing so we must avoid the trap of framing every debate as if it were about religious liberty.

An Unfunny Thing Happened on the Way to 2021

Polarization, political correctness and Covid-19 have produced a hostile environment for humor.

Trump’s White House at the End of the Line

Not even in the bitterest, most furious days of the late ’60s were Americans as alienated from one another as they are now.

The Amazing, Horrifying Age of Exaggeration

Hyperbole was more fun in Mencken’s age. Today it’s become ugly and fanatical, a weapon in a holy war.

FDR, Coronavirus and the Politics of Bravado

When Mr. Trump tells his fellow citizens not to be intimidated by the coronavirus, not to let it “dominate” them, he does a perfectly Trumpian thing: He invites them to share in an optative, mind-over-matter metaphysics that is the key to his relationship to the truth and the workings of his presidency.

People of Praise Deserves Ours

America has a lot to learn from Amy Coney Barrett’s ‘covenant community.’