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“Think Small and Local” Won’t Solve The Climate Crisis—But It’s Still Important

Jonathan Franzen was widely criticized for arguing that we should resign ourselves to climate change and focus on conservation. He was wrong about resignation, but saving things we love can bring beauty and joy to life and help renew commitment to the natural world.

Critics of “Don’t Look Up” Are Missing the Entire Point

It’s not about Americans being dumb sheep, but about how billionaires manipulate us into trusting them, how the reckless pursuit of profit can have catastrophic consequences, and the need to come together to fight those who prevent us from solving our problems.

Why Leftists Should Embrace Our Proud History, from Thomas Paine to the New Deal

Historian Harvey J. Kaye on why we need to do more than just “debunk” nationalist myths. We also need to tell great historical stories of our own.

The Persecution of Assange

The issue in this case is simple: should foreign citizens who expose criminal wrongdoing by the United States government be forcibly kidnapped, brought to this country, and thrown into a hole for the rest of their lives?

The Toxic Positivity of Hillary Clinton’s MasterClass in “Resilience”

Clinton’s message is clear: doing well in life is simply a matter of “choosing resilience,” as if it were a lifestyle choice. But steeling oneself against a harsh society is not social justice or a viable political philosophy. The last thing we need is a new generation of vacuous Clintonian politicians.

Are NFTs Any More Stupid Than Everything Else?

People attach value to all kinds of nonsense. While “NFTs” are not uniquely ridiculous, their rise is an extreme illustration of status anxiety in our grossly unequal economy.

Who Actually Owns Corporations, Anyway?

It’s time to clear up one of the most enduring—and insidious—neoliberal myths about corporations. Shareholders don’t own corporations. Corporations are unowned sovereign entities, just like people. And that should terrify us.

Why Is The Pursuit of Money Such an American Obsession?

Legendary former Harper’s editor Lewis Lapham talks to Current Affairs about his decades chronicling the dysfunctional social mores of the American ruling class.

Playgrounds For All

Too much thinking about education is focused on preparing children for future jobs. We should care just as much as creating great play spaces as great schools.

The Age of Imperialism is Not Over—But We Can End It

Capitalist accumulation has always depended on cheap labor and resources extracted from the Global South. To end this violence we need a post-capitalist transition—otherwise, as climate breakdown accelerates, the ceaseless search for profit will drive us further into barbarism.

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