The scale of government means its failures can be big ones. But so can its successes.
From the Editors
The Century's take on the issues of the day
When it comes to equal pay for women, the church should do better than employers generally, not worse.
Many reforms are needed to make college affordable. The main one, however, is cheaper tuition—which requires greater public investment.
Can the word God be separated from the particular tradition by which God is known? Christians have long answered this question both ways.
Any attempt to counter Donald Trump's appeal needs to address the fundamental economic realities behind that appeal.
The prospect of Syrian refugees entering the U.S. has unleashed a wave of fear. But fear, while understandable, is an unreliable guide to policy.
Going into the Paris climate summit, many nations remain sketchy about their commitments. But several things are new since the Kyoto Protocol.
President Obama is furious that legislators lack the will to address gun violence. But there are steps he could take without them.
Americans tend to have a romanticized, inflated sense of the White House and its power. In domestic affairs, most of the power is elsewhere.
The state killed Kelly Gissendaner despite the evidence of a changed life. This points to a desire for retribution rather than reformation.
At a moment when the spotlight shines on those who say the most outrageous things, it's worth noting Bernie Sanders's approach at Liberty.
The wrenching dislocations of World War II were often pitilessly ignored by the world. What story will be told of our time, and of us?
Free exercise is a basic right and a great asset to the American religious landscape. Yet some of its advocates seem eager to give it a bad name.
In a forceful speech, President Obama laid out in a few words the best argument for the deal with Iran: there is "no plausible alternative."
Most white people now say race relations are bad and getting worse. Black people overwhelmingly agree. Will we stop talking and do something?