Politics and History

Joao Silva/The New York Times/Redux. From War is Beautiful by David Shields, published by powerHouse Books.

David Shields says the New York Times is complicit in romanticizing war through imagery.More

dogtags

Revenge is a major theme in Elliot Ackerman’s debut novel “Green on Blue.” The novel is told from the point-of-view of an Afghan boy named Aziz who’s seeking to avenge his brother Ali.More

Mark Art, Not War

Is war inevitable? Leymah Gbowee loudly and strongly says no. And she’s got proof.More

Traveling into the phone

Doug Rushkoff believes personal technology is having an insidious effect on our relationship with time. He calls it “present shock.”More

Jaquet Droz automatons

Androids may seem like a modern idea, but there were life-size androids in the 18th century — beautiful robot women who could look around and even play the harpsichord. Historian Heidi Voskuhl tells this remarkable story.More

A light in the dark (from a phone)

Filmmaker Astra Taylor wants to reclaim the democratic potential of personal technology.More

Fun outside on election day

A lot of American citizens don't bother to vote.  Eric Liu, founder of Citizen University, says "there's no such thing as not...More

Researchers at the Electoral Integrity Project analyzed elections in 153 countries. The US ranked below a lot of countries — Sweden,...More

markets

Economist E. Glen Weyl has invented a market-driven voting system that he believes is much fairer and more democratic than one-vote-per-...More

Baby

If democracy means balancing everyone's interests, then why shouldn't children — and even babies — have a vote?  Political...More

The average American voter is NOT smarter than a fifth grader, doesn't understand basic political facts and should probably not be...More

Targeted person

Political microtargeters develop sophisticated and subterranean campaigns to win vulnerable voters. Cathy O'Neil, data scientist and author of the blog mathbabe.org, warns that politicians are perilously close to being able to tell voters only what they want to hear.More

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The idea of our elections being "rigged" will seemingly be a part of our national discourse for the foreseeable future, so we decided to assemble a few alternative models to the conventional electoral process.More

Sherman Alexie

Some trips are more about psychic distance, like that of novelist Sherman Alexie. He's spent his whole life shuttling across cultural divides.More

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Mary Kay Zuravleff's Dangerous Idea? Universal Recess.More

lightning

Ancient humans lived as hunter-gatherers, with animistic religions. So why did people start to believe in Big Gods?More

Donald Trump

People with a heightened sense of entitlement that they feel gives them a free pass. You and I have a word for these people. Philosopher Aaron James has an entire theory about them.More

Take it to the streets

Occupy Wall Street co-creator says activists are following an outdated script.More

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