Articles by Current Affairs

A Contentious Encounter With the Architect of the Right’s Attack on ‘Critical Race Theory’

Christopher Rufo and Current Affairs editor in chief Nathan J. Robinson clash over whether there is a pernicious leftist “American cultural revolution.”


What Can Minimalism Do For Us?

From Thoreau to Marie Kondo, there have periodically been movements encouraging us to make do with less. Is this a healthy rejection of consumerism or a demand for bleak austerity?


The World Needs Many New Climate Activists Right Now

Moral philosopher Henry Shue argues that we should think of our generation’s climate responsibility like the World War II generation’s duty to stop fascism. We were born into a critical historical moment and have an obligation to act.


How To Explain Socialism Clearly In a Way That Actually Persuades People

Comedian and writer Danny Katch on how socialists can explain their ideas to non-socialists in a way that is intelligible, friendly, and compelling.


What ‘Economic Freedom’ Would Look Like

Economist Mark Paul explains why we need an ‘economic bill of rights’ and why the right-wing libertarian conception of ‘freedom’ is bananas and won’t actually make us free.


How America’s Wars Become ‘Invisible’

Media critic Norman Solomon on how the U.S. media keeps the human consequences of the country’s foreign policy out of view.


We Must Banish ‘Bootstraps’ Mythology From American Life

“Bootstrapped” author Alissa Quart on the cruelty of the stories we tell about how grit and hard work are the route to success.


How the Kurds of Rojava Embraced Revolutionary New Ideas of Social Organization

Janet Biehl discusses the radical practice of decentralized democracy among the Kurds of Rojava.


Introducing Murray Bookchin, the Extraordinary Originator of ‘Social Ecology’

Biographer Janet Biehl explains why the late thinker’s decentralized, anti-capitalist, ecological vision remains so important today.


A Public Health Expert Explains How We Can Actually Reduce Gun Deaths

There are so many practical ways to reduce gun deaths using a ‘public health’ approach to the problem. What excuse is there for doing nothing?


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