Michael Gerson / Politics

The Dystopia Next Door

WASHINGTON -- In 1993, Lois Lowry wrote a slim book for youth about totalitarianism, euthanasia, suicide, sexual awakening and infanticide. "The Giver" created a blooming genre -- the dystopian youth novel -- and considerable controversy. Some ...

Corrupting Citizens for Fun and Profit

WASHINGTON -- Two of the larger social trends of our time -- the growth of payday gambling and the legalization of marijuana -- have two things in common: They are justified as the expansion of personal liberty and they serve the interests of an ...

Needed: A Conservative Temperament

WASHINGTON -- A few recent developments have revealed the tea party temperament in its most distilled, potent form.

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin called for the impeachment of President Obama on the theory that his ...

The Divided States of Obama

WASHINGTON -- The headline -- "Poll: Obama Worst President Since World War II" -- was both provocative and misleading. The Quinnipiac survey did, indeed, place President Obama at the top of the worst since FDR. But this was largely a measure of ...

Learning the American Language

WASHINGTON -- On July 9, 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was first publicly read to the citizens of New York -- "We hold these truths to be self-evident ... " -- they responded by decapitating an equestrian statue of George III, cutting...

On Iraq, Difficult Choices

WASHINGTON -- The summary moment of Barack Obama's foreign policy came in August 2013 during a consequential stroll.

Walking on the South Lawn of the White House with his chief of staff, Obama effectively canceled airstrikes against the Syrian ...