"In Europe and parts of Asia, many politicians, political scientists, and citizens have lately developed greater respect for the positive role a constitutional monarch can play in democracy."
Can investment in the arts be justified as a solution to the economic crisis? No, writes Prospect Magazine, and the illusion that it can or should devalues the arts' role in society.
MIT's Yasheng Huang says the U.S. would help repair the global economy more by teaching China about small business administration than politicizing its currency exchange rate.
Anthropologist David Puts explains biological and behavioral differences between men and women in terms of evolutionary competition to win the best mate.
When memory mixes with desire, politicians exaggerate their personalities, says Maureen Dowd who absolves politicians of their lies by giving them the benefit of the doubt.
Having "misspoken" gets American politicians out of their brazen lies, but our English brethren are mystified at our willingness to accept falsehoods and half-truths from our leaders.
Steve Chapman opposes France's proposed ban on burqas because in a free society "none of us is obligated to integrate. The Amish don't. Neither do the Hare Krishnas."
Will the floundering of the E.U.'s single currency persuade member nations to submit to further federation? Andrew Stuttaford says the current crisis may spawn a more unified union.
With declining social mobility and nearly one million under-24s neither in college nor work in the UK, Janice Turner laments the lack of inspiring onscreen and literary role models.
Virginia Heffernan says that what’s happening on the Internet since the introduction of the App Store is akin to urban decentralization and white flight.
“It is no longer a smart social move to brag about not owning a television,” writes Richard Beck. He says the small screen has gone from popular entertainment to popular art.
Bioethicist Arthur Caplan writes that the creation of the first synthetic bacteria demonstrates a new understanding we have of life, but that doesn't mean life is worth any less.
100 years after Mark Twain's death, the Mississippi River that inspired his mature writing has changed, and yet, Twain's ideas remain discernible through it.
MIT is designing commercial aircrafts that use 70 percent less fuel than current airplanes after winning a contract from NASA in 2008; air traffic is expected to double by 2035.
"The economic case for global action to stop the destruction of the natural world is even more powerful than the argument for tackling climate change," the U.N. will report this summer.