Paul Starr is Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton and the author, most recently, of Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle over Health Care Reform.
 (May 2014)

A Different Road to a Fair Society

Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s film <i>The Wolf of Wall Street</i>, 2013
The sharp rise in inequality since the 1970s has created two puzzles. The first is an intellectual puzzle concerning the root causes of the widening gap in income and wealth, its social consequences, and its moral significance. The second is a practical and political puzzle, at least for those who …

Liberalism for Now

Ronald Dworkin, New York City, 2001; photograph by Dominique Nabokov
The years leading up to the 2008 election were not a promising time for a liberal politician or a liberal philosopher to seek common ground with conservatives. The country was split, according to the conventional image, between red and blue states, reflecting two hostile cultures and worldviews. In 2004, Karl …