There are no good options. But some are worse than others.
In This Issue
The threat of North Korea, the Democrats’ immigration mistake, and attempting to treat mental illness through smartphones. Plus: surrealist TV, Evan McMullin’s renegade status in the GOP, and more.
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If the party cares about winning, it needs to learn how to appeal to the white working class.
In the past decade, liberals have avoided inconvenient truths about the issue.
Frustrated by the failures in his field, Tom Insel, a former director of the National Institute of Mental Health, is now trying to reduce the world’s anguish through the devices in people’s pockets.
“Compost bin. Pig trough. Dog-food bowl. Laptop keyboard.”
Is Yayoi Kusama’s new participatory-art exhibit about seeking profound experiences—or posting selfies?
How a new kind of labor organization could address the grievances underlying populist anger
How Trump and Twitter gave rise to the GOP’s leading dissident
How leaders lose mental capacities—most notably for reading other people—that were essential to their rise
Worrying about social status is a surprisingly good motivator for people to go green.
Telepathy, echolocation, and the future of perception
Memorializing Manhattan’s earliest African residents
A very short book excerpt
The Culture File
Being an activist and an artist is trickier than it sounds.
How the Nobel Prize–winning economist James M. Buchanan shaped today’s antigovernment politics
A pioneer among recent surreal shows, HBO’s series brilliantly balanced the ordinary and the bizarre.
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