Philanthropy and Democracy

We often think of philanthropy as simply making a positive contribution to the life of the republic. But so-called “big philanthropy”—philanthropy carried out on the grandest scale by the wealthiest individuals and foundations—has a complicated place in a democracy like ours.… MORE >>

Selling the Museum Experience… to Millenials

How can you innovate upon a museum? By definition, museums are places of stability and sober constancy—the best are designed to let their exhibits announce themselves, and people are not as much attracted to a particular museum as they are to its holdings.… MORE >>

Cultivating Resilience in Children

How paying kids to succeed doesn’t work, why good teachers make all the difference, and why parents need to have choices (through vouchers for some and charters for everyone).MORE >>

The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America by F.H. Buckley

The first law of book reviewing is that you should always disclose your connections to an author. I have known Frank Buckley, author of The Way Back and a professor at the George Mason University law school, for 15 years, and he is my friend.… MORE >>

Brexit strains Britain’s social fabric


Last Thursday, as voters across the United Kingdom cast ballots on their future within the European Union, I was in Dublin attending an academic conference. The professors, graduate students, and other various representatives of the professional intellectual class that I spoke with there all seemed quite confident that the Brits would stay in Europe.… MORE >>

Small-town museums, big time impacts

Elbow, Saskatchewan—a funny name for a village, so named because it is on the “elbow” of the South Saskatchewan River. To get to Elbow, you have to turn off of the road to the village of Eyebrow, named for an eyebrow-shaped moraine on its outskirts.… MORE >>

Angus Deaton argues for prioritizing local needs

In fighting poverty, it’s a long-standing question about whether or not it’s better to help poor people at home or overseas. Angus Deaton, last year’s Nobel Laureate in Economics, makes a forceful case that overseas aid is less effective and less necessary than aid spent in our country.… MORE >>

On the free speech allowed for climate skeptics

Sometime in the past two years the Left got a notion that the best way to win the debate over climate change was to declare anyone who disagreed with the received wisdom that the planet was steadily warming was to send them to prison.… MORE >>

On the presidents of the Ford Foundation

One of my useless achievements is that I think I can name all the presidents of the Ford Foundation without having to look them up. But even though I can name them, I can’t tell you what they were like.… MORE >>

On the newest device that will save the Third World from disease

About every three years, someone invents some sort of miraculous device, which will revolutionize science and/or public health in the Third World. Articles by Carolyn Kormann in the New Yorker and Ed Yong in The Atlantic describe the most recent of these—the Foldscope.… MORE >>
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