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Donald Trump Could Well Be The President Again

The polling is alarming. Biden is weak, Trump is ruthless, and 2024 could look a lot more like 2016 than 2020.

We Need Empathy, Not Just Etiquette, On The Subway

Jordan Neely’s murder is a reminder that we need more than just civility toward other people in public. We actually need to give a damn about them.

Why The Right Will Never, Ever Support Gun Control

Gun control challenges core tenets of their ideology. To convince them to support it, you’d have to convince them to abandon right-wing ideology altogether. That’s why they just need to be thrown out of office.

Why Effective Altruism and “Longtermism” Are Toxic Ideologies

Intellectual historian Émile P. Torres explains how Silicon Valley’s favorite ideas for changing the world for the better actually threaten to make it much, much worse.

The Surgeon General Should Stop Telling People to Solve the Loneliness Crisis on Their Own

The Surgeon General, in recent comments about ‘Our epidemic of loneliness and isolation,’ gives individual solutions to what is a systemic problem that requires large-scale policy solutions.

The Ed Sheeran Copyright Lawsuit Exposes The Absurdity of Music Ownership

Since there’s no such thing as true originality, litigating who invented what in music is absurd. But it’s also unfair when those who create art don’t see the rewards. We should try to make a world where music is owned by all and musicians don’t have to worry about making a living.

Why The Labor Movement Needs to Be More Confrontational and Disruptive Toward Corporate Power

Veteran SEIU organizer Jono Shaffer explains how Justice For Janitors innovated disruptive strategies that put building owners on the defensive.

The Timeless Relevance of Hugo and Zola

When Victor Hugo wrote Les Misérables, he hoped that “books of this kind may serve some purpose.” And they do. The 19th century social novels of Hugo and Émile Zola remain insightful on issues of labor and economic injustice in our own time.

I Have Written a Strange Book About The Future of Artificial Intelligence

‘Echoland: A Comprehensive Guide to a Nonexistent Place’ is both a demonstration and a discussion of the possibilities of transformative new technologies.

‘Dr. Phil’ Will Not Be Missed

As the 20-year run of ‘Dr. Phil’ comes to an end, reflecting on how the show combined pop psychology, the sleaziness of ’90s talk shows, and misleading culture war debates.

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