Amid assaults against the press and the rise of technology, democracy is in a fragile state. Can it overcome the challenges it faces?
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The crisis in democracy: articles by Anne Applebaum, Stephen Breyer, Jeff Rosen, David Frum, Amy Chua, and others. Plus the price of sports protests, what getting shot taught Elaina Plott about American politics, the brutal truth about climate change, why #brands are not our friends, James Parker on ‘Rick and Morty,’ and more.
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Polarization. Conspiracy theories. Attacks on the free press. An obsession with loyalty. Recent events in the United States follow a pattern Europeans know all too well.
Artificial intelligence could erase many practical advantages of democracy, and erode the ideals of liberty and equality. It will further concentrate power among a small elite if we don’t take steps to stop it.
As participation in civic life has dwindled, so has public faith in the country’s system of government.
The Constitution once united a diverse country under a banner of ideas. But partisanship has turned Americans against one another—and against the principles enshrined in our founding document.
In 1858, Abraham Lincoln warned that America could not remain “half slave and half free.” Today, the country remains divided by racism—and the threat is as existential as it was before the Civil War.
The Founders designed a government that would resist mob rule. They didn’t anticipate how strong the mob could become.
Political enthusiasms are running high around the country.
The laws of other countries have a bearing on America’s own, writes Stephen Breyer—and the highest court in the land needs to take heed.
I grew up in a gun-loving town in Alabama. My grandfather’s store sells firearms. But only after I was shot did I begin to understand America’s complicated relationship with guns.
Democracy has taken a beating under President Trump. Will the midterms make a difference?
Beth Moore grew her flock by teaching scripture to women—and being deferential to men. Now her outspokenness on sexism could cost her everything.
They’d rather eat in the dark than risk coming across one of us.
Former Olympic sprinter Tommie Smith reflects on his legacy and the resurgence of activism in sports.
New places of respite are popping up in one of the world’s most overworked, underslept cities.
Comcast sent me 10 pizzas. This isn’t nice; it’s manipulative.
Homicide is the third-most-prevalent cause of workplace death.
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The Culture File
Rick and Morty is a dialectic of masculinity unmoored.
William T. Vollmann’s latest opus is brilliant, but it offers no comfort to its readers.
A new book from Christopher Skaife is a beguiling, fascinating, and highly amusing account of the strangely magical birds.
John Kaag’s fascinating new book about the German thinker seeks to tether philosophy back to the mess of daily experience.
Nicolai Houm’s third novel unspools the mystery of a writer who abandons fiction and winds up alone on the top of a mountain in Norway.
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