Articles in History

Why Vaccine Mandates Do Not Infringe on Liberty

You are not guaranteed the freedom to spread a deadly virus.

How Simple Stories About Politics Delude Us

Narratives help us make sense of the world, but they also blind us to its reality. We must take care not to believe stories that are comforting but untrue.

How The Titanic Haunts Us

We have good reason to remember the story of what happened to hubristic rich people, and the imprisoned poor, in an enormous opulent floating palace.

Why We Should Teach Kids To Debate

Young people need to learn to think critically and understand arguments. Debate training gives them a tool to resist propaganda.

The Echoes of Hitler

Reading “Mein Kampf” shows how much continuity there is between the anti-egalitarian Nazi rhetoric that produced the Holocaust and today’s mainstream right-wing beliefs.

Obamacare Scams and the Need For a Public Search Engine

Google’s for-profit search monopoly has turned information access into a corrupt mess. Both healthcare and web searches should be public, not private.

Where The Left Goes Next

We have our work cut out for us. Each of us must resist despondency and find a way to take meaningful action.

How Can You Talk Effectively to Anti-Vaxxers, Flat Earthers, and Climate Deniers?

A philosopher of science on how we can constructively engage with those whose identities are built around dangerous delusional beliefs.

Is Christopher Hitchens Still Worth Reading?

An interview with Ben Burgis about his upcoming book: “Christopher Hitchens: What He Got Right, Where He Went Wrong, and Why He Still Matters.”

The Allure of Shipwrecks

On the incomparable experience of prowling through sunken vessels.

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