Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat: The Bloomberg temptation – and the peril

For a long time, the notion of a Michael Bloomberg presidential candidacy seemed like a Manhattan fancy, a conceit with elite appeal but no mass constituency, a fantasy for Acela riders who imagine...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2020 | COLUMN: Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat: Andrew Jackson goes hunting in the Persian Gulf

There’s a witticism that makes the rounds on Twitter whenever Donald Trump does something particularly plutocratic or corrupt, a variation on the following: Look, this is what all those folks in...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2020 | COLUMN: Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat: At least a President Sanders might leave us alone

The Democratic Party needs a nominee, but right now, it has a train wreck instead. The front-runner seems too old for the job and is poised to lose the first two primary season contests. The woman...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2019 | COLUMN: Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat: Who likes ‘Latinx’?

Everyone remembers the image that demonstrated Donald Trump’s cluelessness about Hispanic voters: the picture, from May 2016, showing him grinning over a tortilla bowl, with the immortal tweet...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2019 | COLUMN: Ross Douthat

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

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