Every December, The Atlantic looks behind on a prior year—to prominence not only a large moments, though also a course of large ideas. Below, a final of 3 installments highlights some domestic and informative stories value revisiting—or finding for a initial time.
The start of a presidential race and a changeable state of race relations in a United States dominated headlines via 2015, though a year’s events desirous courteous research on a series of other topics, too.
Religion, Liberty, and Same-Sex Marriage
- Prior to a Supreme Court’s Obergefell ruling, Jeffrey Rosen, in “The Dangers of a Constitutional ‘Right to Dignity,’” warned about a inherent sleazy slope of Justice Kennedy’s grace doctrine.
- After a justices announced a Obergefell decision, Emma Green previewed how a discuss would change in “How Will a U.S. Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Decision Affect Religious Liberty?”
- In Kentucky, Kim Davis became a face of gay-marriage resistance—leading Garrett Epps to explain because her actions disregarded supervision employees’ simple obligations: “When Public Servants Refuse to Serve a Public.”
- After a outcome of November’s state-level elections, Molly Ball forked out that, in many ways, “Liberals Are Losing a Culture Wars.”
- “Gay and Mennonite” is Emma Green’s underline on a cacophony within a church over homosexuality.
- Emma Green also followed a media frenzy when a pope visited a United States in September. In response to flourishing passion about a “liberal” Catholic leader, she penned, “Pope Francis Is Not a Progressive, He’s a Priest.”
Politics, Business, and a Economy
- Delaware Governor Jack Markell argued that “Americans Need Jobs, Not Populism,” and a Democratic Party should work with business partners to make that happen.
- In March, Walter Frick explained because “Welfare Makes America More Entrepreneurial.”
- Sean McElwee highlighted an doubtful fondness between a regressive priest and a happy former Obama staffer fighting a exploitation of financially inconstant Americans in “The Odd Couple Fighting Against Predatory Payday Lending.”
- Mario Loyola highlighted another peculiar couple, “Tesla and a Texas Tea Party,” arguing that lawmakers claiming to support giveaway markets mostly finish adult supporting business cartels.
- A feel-good story about book pity became a calamity when municipalities started controlling a practice, call Conor Friedersdorf to cruise “The Dangers of Being Neighborly Without a Permit.”
- Russell Berman, in “Kansas’s Failed Experiment,” traced a harmful mercantile outcomes of some large taxation cuts and wondered if regressive possibilities would cruise it as they rise 2016 platforms.
- Yoni Appelbaum done a box for a small reduction bend of America’s Founders in “America’s Fragile Constitution,” explaining how and because they constructed today’s domestic dysfunction.
- In “The Known Unknowns of Lethal Injection,” Matt Ford, who has followed a subject closely for The Atlantic, argued that a capital-punishment complement is apropos increasingly reckless.
- As a Defense Department prepares to renovate a crew system, David Barno and Nora Bensahel minute because many worry that a Pentagon is unwell to reason onto a best talents: “Can a U.S. Military Halt Its Brain Drain.”
- America’s mass-shootings continued in 2015, reigniting gun-control debates. In a arise of a electrocute during Umpqua Community College, David Graham explained “Why Conservatives Mistrust Even Modest Efforts during Gun Control.” And after a sharpened in San Bernardino, Nora Kelly reported “California Weighs Stricter Gun Laws” and deliberate either larger law is unequivocally a answer.