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    A Constitution for the 21st Century

    Economists often point to the “wisdom of crowds”—the idea that a group of people is likely to make better decisions that an individual will. Then again, your mother probably taught you the importance of individualism when she admonished you that “if everyone else jumps off a bridge, would you do … More

    Europeans Enamored with Obama, Less So with American Values

    Europeans remain enamored with President Obama—far more so than the American public that re-elected him. “He Is Our President, Too,” cheered a headline in an international European paper after the November presidential election. European publics by majorities of 80–90 percent hold a favorable view of Obama. This is certainly an … More

    Women's Gymnastics and the Fairness Olympics

    Today, 24 young women will defy gravity on vault, uneven bars, beam, and floor, vying for the gold medal in the women’s all around artistic gymnastics finals. But a few of the best gymnasts are missing from the lineup. Anastasia Grishina of Russia, Jennifer Pinches of Great Britain, Jinnan Yao … More

    Rugged Individualism Fades from National Character

    “That’ll be the day!” John Wayne’s gravelly, dry voice connected with millions who recognized in its tenor something of America’s pioneer character. In dozens of popular movies, Wayne— who died on this day in 1979—played the no-nonsense, self-reliant cowboy who had an innate and profound, if not quite scholarly, understanding … More