Nicholas Kristof is one of my favorite “liberal with integral tendencies” columnists, and Ross Douthat is one of my favorite “conservative with integral tendencies” columnists. I submit their op-eds in today’s New York Times as proof. It’s not that theirs are the only views available to integralists, just that they represent the kind of flexible, non-docrinaire thinking that is characteristic of the integral altitude.

In Hearing You Out  Kristof answers objections from his readers regarding his support of a military strike against Syria. In so doing he efficiently supports his sophisticated case for liberal interventionism.

In Call me Vlad Douthat invents a delicious dialog with Vladimir Putin and reveals the Russian president to be both cunning and wise, presenting a perfectly reasonable path forward in a complicated world.