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Men Without Women: Is There A Male Friendship Crisis? by Bill McMorris. Male friendship is formed around jokes, favors, and associations — all things under attack. More here.


A Mission Gone Wrong by Mattathias Schwartz. The drug war has split in two, and there are increasing differences in how it is fought. In August, the Department of Justice advised federal prosecutors that while possessing a small amount of […]


Israel’s Christian Awakening by Adi Schwartz. As Christmas neared, an 85-foot-high tree presided over the little square in front of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth. Kindergarten children with Santa Claus hats entered the church and listened […]


Red, Blue States Move in Opposite Directions in a New Era of Single-Party Control by Dan Balz. Political polarization has ushered in a new era in state government, where single-party control of the levers of power has produced competing Americas. […]


Surviving Anxiety by Scott Stossel. I’ve tried therapy, drugs, and booze. Here’s how I came to terms with the nation’s most common mental illness. More at Atlantic.


How I Escaped the Mormon Temple by Lynn Wilder. After being in the LDS Church for 30 years, I began reading the New Testament. What was there shocked me. More at CT.


The Two-State Delusion by Mordechai Nisan. Two decades after the signing of the declaration of principles (DOP) by Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) on the White House lawn, there is something unreasonable in the world’s continued adherence to […]


A Qualified Defense of Therapeutic Christianity by Dale M. Coulter. In 2005 Christian Smith and Melinda Denton published a study of American teenagers in which they offered a “conjecture” that the dominant religion among adolescents was “moralistic therapeutic deism” (MTD). […]


Glamour and the Art of Persuasion by Virginia Postrel. What Barack Obama has in common with a cellophane candy wrapper. More at Reason.


Uncomfortable Truths about Family Breakdown by Michael Barone. Children without married parents miss out on more than just income. More at NRO.


7 Relationship Resolutions Worth Keeping by Kory Floyd. See here.


Does the Bell Toll for Excessive Public Pay? by Steven Greenhut. Increasingly, the public may be seeing that the problem isn’t a handful of officials who illegally gamed the system, but a system that allows a powerful minority to legally […]


Bhutto’s Deadly Legacy by William Dalrymple. When, in May 1991, former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi of India was killed by a suicide bomber, there was an international outpouring of grief. Recent days have seen the same with the death of […]


The Power to Develop by Bjørn Lomborg. Trade-offs are an inherent part of life. We all recognize this from our private budgets. To fix the roof, we may have to accept a less extravagant summer vacation. When we pick a […]


Why Families Fight During Holidays by Olga Khazan. You can’t have a canonical holiday movie without intra-family belligerence. Kevin McAllister and his older brother, Buzz, take turns sneering at each other in Home Alone. Robert Downey Jr.’s character flings a […]


An Atheist Meets the Masters of the Universe by Peter Foges. See here.


My One-Item Christmas List: A Government That Stops Playing Santa by Nick Gillespie. Forget a new car, Beats by Dre, or even affordable health care. You know what I really, really, really want for Christmas? I want a government that […]


Ancient Bethlehem’s Modern Challenges by Debra Kamin. As Christmas approaches, Jesus’s traditional birthplace is struggling with Chinese knockoffs, vanishing tourists, and a declining Christian population. More at Atlantic.


In Remembrance: Reading the Christmas Letters of Jean Bethke Elshtain (1941-2013) by John D. Carlson. This time of year is, for many, a season of hopefulness—of anticipation and celebration of joyous things to come. Yet, as the cards and letters […]


The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas by Issac Chotiner. With the Yuletide season upon us, America is once again engaged in the standard asinine debates about the holiday: Is Santa white? Is that decorated green perennial at the mall supposed to […]