The partisan divide in America is widening

AS MILLIONS of Americans travelled home for Thanksgiving this week advice columns were filled with the perennial—but increasingly fraught—question of what to talk about at the dinner table. (“When your liberal aunt shows up at Thanksgiving in Trump country” ran one headline in the Washington Post). In recent years generational …

Locking up more people does not reduce crime

“WE DON’T have a sentencing problem; we have a crime problem”, Jeff Sessions told sheriffs in Oklahoma in a recent speech. Arguing that jail sentence times and prison populations had been declining while there had been a “national surge in violent crime” the attorney-general concluded: “If we want to bring …