William Galston

Remembering Jean Bethke Elshtain
August 26, 2013

We begin to understand people when we know their heroes. Jean Bethke Elshtain’s intellectual hero was St. Augustine; her political hero was Vaclav Havel.

Political Paralysis Makes Us Poorer
May 02, 2013

Calculating the dollars-and-cents costs of policy uncertainty

A Budget to Shortchange Our Future
April 10, 2013

Obama's plan doesn't do enough to shrink entitlement growth.

Say Yes to the Pipeline—and New Green Regulations
March 14, 2013

How to fix the messy politics of the embattled pipeline project.

The Ongoing and Hugely Risky Bailout of the Housing Market
March 01, 2013

Unless the White House changes course, the next housing crisis will be worse than the last one

Obama's Pivot to Europe
February 20, 2013

Forget China: A trade deal with Europe would be the real game-changer.

Two Roads Diverge
February 12, 2013

The Republican Party's reset could fizzle before it even really starts.

Retrenchment Games
January 30, 2013

Forget Iran. Chuck Hagel's toughest fight will be the Pentagon's budget.

There's a Civil War in America's Business Community, But Will Obama Notice?
January 22, 2013

“The chief business of the American people is business,” Calvin Coolidge famously said. But not all business is the same: The policies that assist some may injure others, and the organizations that represent different kinds of business often work at cross-purposes. This reality, which the Republican mantra of “job creators” obscures, could be the key to determining the success of President Obama's second term.

America Can't Afford to Cut Its Discretionary Spending
January 09, 2013

At the heart of our fiscal challenge is a clash between the present and the future, and the future is losing. Intended or not, the top priorities for Republicans and Democrats add up to a relentless squeeze on discretionary spending. That means less for education, less for research, less for infrastructure—the vital public investments that have nourished innovation and growth throughout our history.