Poverty and the Tax Code

Tax credits have arguably done more to reduce poverty than programs have. It’s time to expand them once again.

The Voluntarism Fantasy

Conservatives dream of returning to a world where private charity fulfilled all public needs. But that world never existed—and we’re better for it.

Community of Equals?

Few elites give much thought to community colleges. But they educate 44 percent of our undergraduates—and they need help.

Against Disengagement

Today’s progressives are often as muddled in their thinking about U.S. involvement in the world as conservatives are divided.


The Dismal Art

Economic forecasting has become much more sophisticated in the decades since its invention. So why are we still so bad at it?


The postwar liberal intellectuals built a political cosmology that rejected religion. But it was still fiercely moral.

Capital Hill

Congress has 535 elected officials. Only a handful come from the working class—and that’s a problem for all of us.

Brother, Can You Spare a Tax Cut?

It’s no surprise that the 1 percent would fight against high taxes. But how do they get so many 99 percenters to fight at their side?

The Other Americans

Journalists who write on poverty often reduce their subjects to vessels of misery. But empathy, not pity, is what the poor need.


Editor’s Note

Michael Tomasky introduces Issue #32

Weak Tea

Far from getting stronger, the Tea Party is now just another faction within the GOP, and an arriviste one at that. A response to the “Is the Party Over?” symposium.

Letters to the Editor

Letters from our readers

An Angry Democrat Speaks

Bernard L. Schwartz on life, Loral, liberalism, conservatism, “too big to fail,” unemployment, infrastructure, and the next President Clinton.

Virtual Brutality

For many women, the Internet has become a pit of sexual harassment and death threats. Government—and tech companies—can do something about it.