The presidential primaries give the impression of sharp citizenship skills among Americans. But civics learning lags. Obama education officials plan to reverse it.
What is most interesting about contemporary atheists is not what they have in common but rather their differences.
Christian traditionalists see American freedom as derived from Christian faith. That flies in the face of the historical record – and it distorts today's political debates.
Louis Menand's fascinating history profiles a group of misfit geniuses who, in Boston in 1872, helped to shape the modern mind.
Readers write about American progressivism, tension in Pakistan, and The Beatles' music in space.
Voters should remember what happened under Woodrow Wilson.