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Nick Hanauer on How Corporate Propaganda Makes Us Fear Sensible Social Policy

The businessman and host of Pitchfork Economics on how “corporate bullshit” misleads us.

Rethinking the Concept of ‘Philanthropy’

Amy Schiller argues that giving to others is great, but our contemporary notion of philanthropy is broken.

Astra Taylor on What ‘Security’ Really Means

Astra Taylor discusses her book about insecurity, arguing that while the right-wing concept of security involves borders and police, the left-wing version involves creating true security by meeting people’s basic needs.

Why You Should Be a Luddite

Tech columnist Brian Merchant takes us back to the 19th century to see who the Luddites really were and what they fought for. Luddism, he says, is about “questioning who machinery serves.”

A Final Conversation With Ed Broadbent on the Continuing Struggle for Democratic Socialism

Perhaps the best known democratic socialist in Canada, the late Ed Broadbent discussed what he learned working in government coalitions and explained that the struggle for democratic socialism is a constant one.

A Philosopher Explains Why It’s Rational to Be Angry

Is anger the enemy of cool reason? Or can it be an important and rational part of our political commitment?

Why Do We Have Any Poverty When It’s Such a Solvable Problem? 

Acclaimed sociologist Matthew Desmond on what it would actually take to end poverty.

The Journalist Who Most Understands George Santos Explains How He Made It To Congress

Mark Chiusano of Newsday has just published the first book on Santos. He explains how America has made it so that someone who lies so much can make it so far.

How The Law Fails Women and What To Do About It

Prof. Julie Suk on why formal legal equality isn’t enough and what it takes to create meaningful gender equality under the law.

A Climate Scientist on Why The Global Climate Summit is a Disaster and a “Sick Joke”

“I’m almost at a loss of finding words to adequately describe the corruption and the evil at COP28,” says Dr. Peter Kalmus.

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