Magazine May 14, 2018, Issue

Grasping at Straws

(Reuters/Darren Staples)

There’s a quick, easy test to discern the political leanings of someone you’ve just met. Of course, if they already have their hand in your pocket, fishing around for change, they might be on the left. Or just happy to see you. But if there’s any doubt, mention that scientists have recently discovered another Earth-like planet. Like this:

“We call it Kepler 186f. If it has residents, no doubt they call it something else. After all, ‘Earth,’ our term, means soil, so we’re all on the planet Dirt. It’s possible every civilization calls its planet Dirt, or, if they’re aquatic, Water.

In This Issue



Books, Arts & Manners


Redeeming the Miracle

Yuval Levin reviews Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics Is Destroying American Democracy, by Jonah Goldberg.




Richard Rustad responds to Yuval Levin & Ramesh Ponnuru’s article “A New Health-Care Debate.”


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