Ross Douthat: Most superhero movies are not fit for mature minds

Two interesting things have been happening in the world of film over the last month. A relatively low-budget, no-special effects movie that places Batman’s Joker in a version of Martin Scorsese’s...

DATE: Nov. 3, 2019 | COLUMN: Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat: Republicans, your exit is approaching

Ask intelligent Republican staffers what they imagine awaits their party after Donald Trump, and you’ll get an interesting disquisition on the factions and figures that might shape conservatism,...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2019 | COLUMN: Ross Douthat

It’s the age of American despair – can we fix it?

Last week, CNN devoted seven hours of programming to climate change, bringing the leading Democratic candidates onstage to grill them on the issue. I have no complaints about the decision, but I...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2019 | COLUMN: Ross Douthat

Other bad things that could happen in a recession

This column is not in the business of forecasting recessions. But when enough credentialed auguries suddenly think one might be possible, it seems prudent to speculate about the consequences if...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2019 | COLUMN: Ross Douthat

Jeffrey Epstein (again) and conspiracy theories

The challenge in thinking about a case like the suspicious suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, the supposed “billionaire” who allegedly spent his life acquiring sex slaves and serving as a procurer to the...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2019 | COLUMN: Ross Douthat

Multiple narratives – surprise – can all be true

The last issue of New York magazine featured a long, bizarre, amazing story by Kera Bolonik about a hapless Harvard Law professor, Bruce Hay, who managed to get duped by two apparent grifters,...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2019 | COLUMN: Ross Douthat

The one-income trap

Recently, under the somewhat unlikely inspiration of Elizabeth Warren, some conservatives have revived an old debate: Did millions of women entering the workforce actually make families worse off?...

DATE: June 11, 2019 | COLUMN: Ross Douthat

Seeing ‘white supremacy’ everywhere is foolish

In Australia recently, the party of the left lost an election it was supposed to win, to a conservative government headed by an evangelical Christian who won working-class votes by opposing liberal...

DATE: May 30, 2019 | COLUMN: Ross Douthat

When possible, U.S. must fight one war at a time

Sometimes you need to write about something you’re pretty sure isn’t going to happen. That thing is war with Iran, which Donald Trump doesn’t want, and which he will probably avoid. But since the...

DATE: May 20, 2019 | COLUMN: Ross Douthat

Are Christians persecuted?

The murderous radicals who set off bombs and killed hundreds on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka chose their targets with ideological purpose. Three Catholic churches were bombed, and with them three...

DATE: May 6, 2019 | COLUMN: Ross Douthat

The Trump Doctrine

Two years into his presidency, Donald Trump has no clear legislative strategy, no policy agenda, no plan for remedying his persistent unpopularity and a path to re-election sufficiently bleak that...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2019 | COLUMN: Ross Douthat

Racists to the right and anti-Semites to the left

The last five years in Western politics has seen a repeated failure of the barriers that political establishments have tried to throw up against both radical ideas and xenophobic sentiments. The...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2019 | COLUMN: Ross Douthat

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