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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October 2018

October 2018

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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The American Crisis

Amid assaults against the press and the rise of technology, democracy is in a fragile state. Can it overcome the challenges it faces?

Jeffrey Goldberg

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A Warning From Europe: The Worst Is Yet to Come

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.

Anne Applebaum

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Why Technology Favors Tyranny

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.

Yuval Noah Harari

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Americans Aren’t Practicing Democracy Anymore

As participation in civic life has dwindled, so has public faith in the country’s system of government.

Yoni Appelbaum

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The Threat of Tribalism

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.

Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld

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A House Still Divided

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.

Ibram X. Kendi

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America Is Living James Madison’s Nightmare

The Founders designed a government that would resist mob rule. They didn’t anticipate how strong the mob could become.

Jeffrey Rosen

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Where America’s Civic Reawakening Is Happening

Political enthusiasms are running high around the country.

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America’s Courts Can’t Ignore the World

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.

Stephen Breyer

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The Bullet in My Arm

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.

Elaina Plott

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Dispatches

America’s Slide Toward Autocracy

David Frum

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The Tiny Blond Bible Teacher Taking on the Evangelical Political Machine

Emma Green

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When Animals Take the Night Shift

William Brennan

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The Man Who Raised a Fist, 50 Years Later

Tik Root

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South Koreans Love Their ‘Stress Cafés’

Uri Friedman

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Brands Are Not Our Friends

Ian Bogost

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A Shocking Number of Killers Murder Their Co-workers

Rene Chun

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A Letter From Winston Churchill’s Disappointed Mother

David Lough

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The Culture File

The Cartoon That Captures the Damaged American Male

James Parker

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The Most Honest Book About Climate Change Yet

Nathaniel Rich

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The Brilliant, Playful, Bloodthirsty Raven

Helen Macdonald

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How to Live Better, According to Nietzsche

Becca Rothfeld

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The Gradual Disappearance of Jane Ashland Casts an Unlikely Spell

Ann Hulbert

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Departments

The Conversation: The Dangers of Distracted Parenting

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What Would You Nominate as the Eighth Wonder of the World?

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Poetry

Half-Life

David Lehman

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