Civility doesn’t just work, it also makes us noble

WASHINGTON – In his influential 1984 book, “The Naked Public Square,” Richard John Neuhaus recalled attending an event featuring the late Jerry Falwell Sr., who delivered an angry excoriation of...

DATE: June 12, 2019 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

Harriet Tubman will always have the last laugh

WASHINGTON – When Donald Trump invites historical comparisons, it is usually to his detriment. Even so, the Trump administration’s recent snubbing of Harriet Tubman in favor of extending Andrew...

DATE: June 4, 2019 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

Harriet Tubman will always have the last laugh

WASHINGTON – When Donald Trump invites historical comparisons, it is usually to his detriment. Even so, the Trump administration’s recent snubbing of Harriet Tubman in favor of extending Andrew...

DATE: June 4, 2019 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

Book shows how Reconstruction was reversed

WASHINGTON – Conservatives sometimes accuse the academic left of ignoring the good in American history and emphasizing the horrors. But in some respects, the telling of the American story does not...

DATE: May 9, 2019 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

The Trumpification of pro-life movement will cost

WASHINGTON – Through a blooming diversity of investigations, we will soon discover if the world that has always surrounded Donald Trump – the sleazy fixers, the disposable women, the questionable...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2019 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

The face of Michelangelo’s David could guide us

FLORENCE – A tourist in Florentine museums is like a skipping stone above unfathomable depths. Here a Botticelli. There a Donatello. A single room at the Uffizi that would reward a lifetime of...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2018 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

Are we sincere about second chances and voting?

WASHINGTON – Those of us who participated in the 2000 presidential election are getting political PTSD from the current gubernatorial and senatorial recounts in Florida. President George W. Bush...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2018 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

Dems will do all of these self-destructive things

WASHINGTON – In the spirit of the political season, I want to claim credit for the most STUPENDOUS, INSIGHTFUL and POWERFUL political strategy since Pericles bound the DELIAN LEAGUE into an empire...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2018 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

Afghanistan shows security cost in hostile world

WASHINGTON – The Afghan War – really, the war against terrorists and their allies in Afghanistan and Pakistan – has elements of a Greek tragedy. It was unavoidable, but seemingly unwinnable....

DATE: Oct. 26, 2018 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

We saw two human beings flayed – and for what?

WASHINGTON – In the end, everything – every blasted thing – gets sucked into the polarization black hole, never to emerge again. That now includes the U.S. Supreme Court. It is not, of course, that...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2018 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

Origin Story a marvelous explanation of the whole

WASHINGTON – I would not normally recommend a book on the history of the universe as beach reading. But David Christian’s Origin Story is a welcome exception. Christian has achieved something...

DATE: July 25, 2018 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

Gerson: Count on Kavanaugh to stand against bullying

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration is not known for its consistency, but some contradictions are too revealing to ignore. In nominating Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, President Trump has...

DATE: July 12, 2018 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

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