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I Worked at Facebook. It’s Not Ready for This Year’s Election Wave.

The world is not ready for the coming electoral tsunami. Neither is Facebook. With so many elections on the horizon — France, Kenya, Australia, Brazil, the Philippines and the United States will hold…

The Next Global Order Will Challenge Western Values

Instead of trying to make an unaccommodating world in its image, a post-hegemonic West should seek to fortify a model that others want to emulate.

The Economic Costs of Closed Minds

While there are exceptions, hyper-nationalism is usually disastrous for an economy in the long run. At a time when policymakers are confronting an ongoing public-health crisis, and in some cases the…

We Might Be in a Simulation. How Much Should That Worry Us?

The mingling of physical and digital reality has already thrown society into an epistemological crisis — a situation where different people believe different versions of reality based on the digital…

Green gaslighting: Another face of climate denialism

Commitment to immediate and comprehensive action should have been made at the much-awaited UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow last year. Instead, governments, financial institutions and…

Has the West fallen for Putin’s tricks in Ukraine?

Russia wants to see Nato rolled back – and Ukraine is far from its only pawn in the game. The West has been fixated for more than two months on Russian preparations to mount a new land invasion of…

Bring Back the Free World

At some point in the last 30 years, the concept of the “free world” fell out of favor. But we urgently need to restore the concept to its former place, both for its clarifying power and its moral…

Stop Panicking About Ukraine—and Putin

The evidence so far points to Russia looking toward talks, not invasion. The initial reaction was set off by Russia’s movement of military assets within the Southern and Western military districts.…

Will Robots Really Destroy the Future of Work?

Some people on the political right love robots and hate labor unions. Some people on the political left are the opposite: They hate robots and love labor unions. Then there’s David Autor, a labor…

The Strange Allure of the Blockchain

All of the branded cryptos and NFTs were born out of the invention of the blockchain. This technology is a cultural iteration. Blockchain is about solidarity among strangers. That’s the kind of thing…