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The West must now look outward and inward

The divide between the Global North and the Global South has now been shown to be conceptually naïve, economically unreliable, and politically dangerous. Democracy is now more in danger in the places…

Don’t Cede the Space Race to China and the Billionaires

Exploration and the pursuit of knowledge, have always paid dividends in the long run — usually far greater than anything expected at the outset. Why bother? This is why.

Why Ukraine Matters

From a cold, realist perspective, there’s perhaps an argument for abandoning Ukraine. But the bond that the president and State Department have with Ukraine isn’t cold. The object of Putin’s desire…

Measuring Poverty Properly

The gap between rich and poor continues to widen around the world, but governments cannot provide the necessary resources to raise living standards without accurate measures of the scope of the…

Can We Get Smarter About Disinformation?

Over the past five or so years, “disinformation” has become a catchall explanation for what ails the US. Social media has certainly changed nearly every facet of our lives, but it’s difficult to see…

How Boric’s new social contract in Chile can succeed

By introducing principles of fiscal progressivity into its new constitution, Chile can end the vicious cycle of inequality. If he wants to keep his promise and negotiate a new social contract, the…

Yuval Noah Harari argues that what’s at stake in Ukraine is the direction of human history

At the heart of the Ukraine crisis lies a fundamental question about the nature of history and the nature of humanity: is change possible? Can humans change the way they behave, or does history…

The Myth of Tech Exceptionalism

How tech uses the promise of endless innovation to ward off regulating even its present-day harms.

The Fight for Democracy Will Be a Long, Long Haul

Almost every tactic the mostly white abolitionists used derived from methods that Black organizers tried first. But one lesson emerges loudly from history: Neither Black nor white Americans could…

How to Break the Cycle of Conflict With Russia

Pluralism works inside a country when there are institutions and rules that govern competition among divergent interests. In post-Soviet Eurasia, there is a lot of geopolitical competition, but no…