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Why Democrats Are So Bad at Defending Democracy

When it comes to elections, the Republican Party operates within a carapace of lies. So we rely on the Democrats to preserve our system of government. The problem is that Democrats live within their own insular echo chamber.

6 January 2022
David Brooks
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Empowering Healthy, Resilient Hometowns

Mitigating and adapting to climate change require good urban planning, particularly climate-sensitive design. But, despite the need for rapid action, cities like Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, often face high and unnecessary impediments.

21 December 2021
YVONNE AKI-SAWYERR
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When Democracy Gets Old

Beyond a respect for basic democratic processes and values, one thing that the world's democracies share is that they are all skewing older. Insofar as this trend leaves them more risk-averse and less capable of generating a long-term vision, it may be time to consider lowering the voting age.

8 December 2021
FEDERICO FUBINI
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What Biden’s Democracy Summit Is Missing

Democracy as it was envisioned was never about real people power. That’s what needs to change.

7 December 2021
Hélène Landemore
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The Dark Side Of Meritocracy

What began as a principle that seemed to offer an alternative to inequality has become instead a justification for inequality.

7 December 2021
MICHAEL SANDEL
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Omicron: Vaccine nationalism will only perpetuate the pandemic

As wealthy nations continue hoarding vaccines, new dangerous COVID-19 variants will continue emerging.

28 November 2021
Fatima Hassan
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The Keys to Inclusive Growth

One of the COVID-19 pandemic’s most important economic lessons is that innovation and inclusion need not be mutually exclusive. By pursuing the right policies, Western governments can promote both and thereby help to bring about a dynamic and equitable recovery.

25 November 2021
PHILIPPE AGHION, AYMANN MHAMMEDI
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The Age of the Creative Minority

Here are four ways to think about your group identity.

24 November 2021
David Brooks
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Why We Need Space Ethicists

We have the opportunity to make our way into this untrammeled territory with an attitude of reverence and cautious discovery-making, not conquest and claims-making.

23 November 2021
CHELSEA HARAMIA
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Long Live Participatory Socialism!

I used to believe socialism was a failed idea. But then capitalism went too far. Now, I believe we need a socialism that is decentralized, federal and democratic, ecological, multiracial and feminist.

18 November 2021
THOMAS PIKETTY
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