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How To Make Voting More Truly Representative

We can innovate local elections to more intimately and accurately capture the political will of everyday folks. On the cutting edge of voting rights, these mechanisms will emphasize the most…

How To Develop A Planetary Consciousness

Democracy itself will have to be reinvented in the age of planetary crises, the philosopher Achille Mbembe argues. We need a new generation of rights that do not depend on the nation-state.

How Democracy Can Defeat Autocracy

The conventional wisdom these days is that autocracy is ascendant and democracy is on the decline. But the superficial appeal of the rise-of-autocracy thesis belies a more complex reality—and a…

Boris Johnson’s Watergate

Britain’s “minister of chaos” may be forced from office for—what else?—partying on the job. Whether he likes it or not, Johnson is now the evil king in the great Partygate scandal. That story has…

Whatever Happened to Soft Power?

With the news dominated by dramatic examples of countries using coercion, intimidation, and payoffs to advance their interests, the power of attraction would seem to be irrelevant in international…

Submerged by COVID

Major economic forecasters like J.P. Morgan and S&P Global Ratings are painting a rosy picture of emerging markets’ growth prospects this year. But there are multiple reasons to believe that the…

Biden-Cheney 2024?

Is that what America needs in 2024 — a ticket of Joe Biden and Liz Cheney? Or Joe Biden and Lisa Murkowski, or Kamala Harris and Mitt Romney, or Stacey Abrams and Liz Cheney, or Amy Klobuchar and Liz…

Working from home has entrenched inequality – how can we use it to improve lives instead?

Many people face longer hours and constant surveillance. But more flexibility could bring long-term benefits

Once Europe’s liberal hope, Macron is now prey to France’s toxic populism

Racist contenders are stirring Islamophobic fears in their rush to take the presidency. France’s political and media culture exacerbates the problems.

From corruption to the ‘mark of the beast’ – why countries like Malawi are struggling against Covid

With 80% of pandemic funds misused and widespread vaccine myths, citizens have had to step up where government has failed