Articles in Editor’s Notes

The Real Abbie Hoffman

Why it’s impossible to Sorkin-ize the great revolutionary clown.

Why Conservative Arguments Are So Worthless

And why liberal technocrats who give credence to them are so obtuse.

The Chomsky Position On Voting

It’s important to vote Democratic, but we should be under no illusions that voting Democratic will save us. Voting is a small part of our political lives.

Obama’s Words

Revisiting the 44th president’s speeches helps us understand why his politics were so limited, and what we need instead.

The Lights Blink Out One By One

On trying to see history from the perspective of a participant.

There Is No Invisible Referee

In politics it’s not enough to win the argument or have justice on your side. You have to actually take and hold power.

The Biden Campaign Needs To Get Its Ass In Gear Right Now

A worrying complacency has led Biden to avoid even attempting ground operations. Why would anyone take this risk given the stakes of the election?

How To Be A Respectable Public Intellectual

The pseudo-reasonableness of William F. Buckley shows why nostalgia for an Age of Civility is misplaced.

Why You Matter

There are so many cruel and overconfident people in power that we need all the humble, sensitive ones we can get.

Your Oppression Was Predictable

How to defend murder while presenting yourself as neutral.

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