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  • Winning the war of ideas

    Bad ideas can -- and will -- be beaten by better ideas. But the victory is rarely a quick one. Idea wars are won person by person.

  • The power of peer to peer

    By choice or necessity, lay members of many Protestant denominations are stepping into roles traditionally reserved for clergy.

  • Learning to leave no one behind

    Long may may local color and regional diversity wave. But when it comes to education, local must never mean less than the best.

  • After populism's bold promise

    The politicians who have ridden today's wave of populist discontent to power now enter the next, more difficult chapter: governing

  • What makes humanity thrive

    As the besieged Christian communities of the Middle East shrink, the Middle East becomes the poorer.

  • Movies that mirror, and unite

    The best part of moviegoing is gasping, laughing, or choking back tears with strangers in a darkened theater.

  • Stories from the march of years

    Amid 2016's news of conflict and disruption, the steady decrease of such drags on humanity as poverty, hunger, and child mortality continues.

  • Creating a virtuous cycle

    "Creative destruction" is normal in a capitalist economy, but it is rarely easy on the individuals, families, and communities affected by it.

February 20, 2017

Photos of the weekend

Brooke Wang, of Plano, Texas, open carries a rifle while joining a very small group of counter protesters, as hundreds rally nearby in support of immigrant and refugee communities in downtown Dallas on Saturday.

More Upfront Blog
  • Where democracy thrives

    While candidates and parties battle it out high in the political canopy, American democracy endures on the forest floor.

  • Protecting the internet's purpose

    Like every paradigm-shifting technology, the internet has evolved quickly from interesting to essential. Security failures are not an option.

  • Thinking through 'fortification'

    Walls can keep people, goods, and contraband at bay. But walls are only a temporary measure. Real security requires much more than a barrier.

  • Getting smarter about water

    Water management has always been important. With 2 billion more people arriving on our planet by mid-century, water management will be crucial.

  • Perspectives that bring change

    Politics has always been contentious. People differ. Beliefs differ. But the orderly process of democracy deserves support that supercedes politics.

  • Europe's great rethinking

    Whichever direction Europe now takes, a crucial achievement should not be overlooked: It is making its choice without war or repression.

  • A determination to improve

    Gang activity remains one of few areas of crime that have not fallen in recent decades. But progress is being made -- step-by-step, life-by-life.

  • A time to acknowledge our oneness

    Even in the hypercompetitive, win-at-all-costs world of congressional politics, there's a safe space where members of both parties can unite.

  • Breaking down mental walls

    Racial integration in the United States remains unfinished business -- both in society and in the hearts of many Americans.

  • An imperfect, important approach

    Many factors can be involved in suicide. Both pro- and anti-gun people increasingly understand that a firearm in a house doesn't help.

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