Michael Gerson / Politics

Bet On Africa Rising

WASHINGTON -- As more than 40 African leaders gather in Washington for an unprecedented summit, Africa's brand problem in America has grown significantly worse. Two events -- the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls by Boko Haram and a ...

Turning Our Backs On Atrocities

WASHINGTON -- For every dissident and defector I've encountered, there is a moment when observation begins to feel like complicity -- when remaining a bystander involves culpability.

Caesar -- a pseudonym -- was a photographer in the criminal and...

The GOP as the party of reform

WASHINGTON -- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair came to prominence in the 1990s as an expert in political renovation, transforming the Labour Party from a creaky, socialist relic to a modern, center-left, governing institution. Before Blair...

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 ...