Did democracy die the week of July 16?

This Slate article says yes. Yascha Mounk writes: The week of July 11, 2016, has every chance of being remembered as one of those rare flurries of jumbled, inchoate, concentrated significance. The centrifugal forces that are threatening to break political systems across the world may have started to register a decade ago; they may have …

On being grateful…

…I am grateful that food is the great leveler. I am grateful for garlic mashed potatoes. I am grateful for pecan pie. I am grateful for adobo. I am grateful for flan. I am grateful for fried turkey. And I am grateful that for all the starts and stops of family life, I have a …

Surely we can figure out the refugee crisis

I know it’s more complicated than this, but in 1883, Emma Lazarus wrote: Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. …