Reporting for the Republic

In 1920 the New Republic ran “A Test of the News,” a special supplement to the magazine (published soon after as the book Liberty and the News) by Walter Lippmann and Charles Merz showing that in the three and a …

Social Conservatism Isn’t “White”

There they go again: Republican candidates are saying things and sending signals that show that racism remains widespread, routine, hideous—and sometimes even laughable, when it strains to deny its own existence. And, again, some of us white leftists and liberals …

An Unlikely Pragmatist

Reading Obama: Dreams, Hope, and the American Political Tradition by James T. Kloppenberg Princeton University Press, 2010, 296 pp. TOWARD THE end of James Kloppenberg’s Reading Obama, the author ponders an anecdote from the candidate’s speech on race in Philadelphia …

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