Why Race Relations Got Worse
The United States has never been entirely sure what to do about race. Alone among the countries in the world, it has attempted to construct not just a state of different tribes, but a nation of them — white and black, ...
Did Ted Cruz Miscalculate His Support among Evangelicals?
Trump cruised to victory in South Carolina, and the margin suggests that his base is broader than many people anticipated. Exit polls revealed that 70 percent of South Carolina’s GOP electorate identified as “Evangelical,” and that Trump split those voters ...
The Missing Case Against Reparations
I must admit that when I picked up Ta-Nehisi Coates’s piece on reparations, I expected to read a defense of reparations. Reparations, for the uninitiated, are payments made to compensate black Americans for slavery and related crimes. West Germany ...
The College Board Is Going after the Wrong Villain
A thought experiment: Johnny is a poor kid in a Rust Belt neighborhood outside of Pittsburgh. Suzy is a student at a tony private high school in the suburbs of New York City.
Johnny and Suzy were born with the ...
Why the White Working Class Is Falling Behind
Editor’s Note: The following article is adapted from Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis (Harper).
Growing up in Middletown, Ohio, we had no sense that failing to achieve higher education would bring shame or ...
Consigned to ‘Assistance’
It’s sometimes easy to forget that the Republican party’s proudest moment was the emancipation of the American slave. Indeed, for decades after Lincoln gave his life for the Union, black America voted overwhelmingly Republican. But after FDR brought ...
Yes, the Skills Gap Is Real
Some American workers lack the skills necessary to compete in the modern economy, some firms can’t find workers with the skills they need, and that’s hurting the labor market, right? This seems like a relatively uncontroversial proposition.
The Great Gatsby Curve: Not So Great After All
In my recent essay in the September 2 issue of National Review, I argue that the connection between economic growth and economic opportunity is less direct than many conservatives presume. Many on the left make a similar mistake with regard to ...