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The Internet Is Rotting

The “absence of central control, or...central monitoring, has long been celebrated as an instrument of grassroots democracy and freedom...but more recently, these features have been understood to…

Biden’s “Build Back Better World” Is an Empty Competitor to China

“China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been depicted as a modern-day Marshall Plan, a mega infrastructure project, or a masterplan to take over the world. But in reality, the BRI is nothing more…

I Wrote About This Environmental Injustice Decades Ago. It Hasn’t Changed.

“Discrimination in housing forced Black and brown people into areas near polluting industries that threatened their health and safety and continue to do so….The consequences have been devastating”…

The End of Globalization as We Know It

“​​The tension between the unprecedented need for global collective action and a growing aspiration to rebuild political communities behind national borders is a defining challenge for today’s…

The New Racism Won’t Solve the Old Racism

Three cases are “all variations of the same basic debate between newfangled equity and old-fashioned equality — between those” who seek “antiracist discrimination” to remedy past forms of racial…

The Geopolitics of Empathy

An important lesson in geopolitics is “empathy...to do this does not require agreeing with their view; it is about grasping how others see a situation and understanding why they are acting as they…

What Progressives Want, and What Conservatives Are Fighting

“The debate over how American schools should teach about race and racial history has reached a curious juncture, in which it’s becoming hard to tell what the argument is about. On the one hand you…

Who Controls The Past Controls The Future

“Who Controls The Past Controls The Future. Even as the academic discipline of history is in crisis, public concern about historical memory has reached a fever pitch” (Gilman 2021).

Where Did the Coronavirus Come From? What We Already Know Is Troubling.

“While the Chinese government’s obstruction may keep us from knowing for sure whether the virus, SARS-CoV-2, came from the wild directly or through a lab in Wuhan or if genetic experimentation was…

The Pandemic Proves Only Technocrats Can Save Us

“In technocracies, competence, public spirit, and key performance indicators are more important than cults of personality or popularity contests. Populist dilettantes...mocked the experts...their…

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