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Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Matt’s controversial stance on Trump’s words to an Army widow ... A word of praise for the DMZ fans ... How FDR drove the Dixiecrats to the right ... Why Dems should think twice before purging party leaders ... Should Bannon’s challenge against the GOP be taken seriously? ...
Glenn Loury & John McWhorter
Critiquing Ta-Nehisi Coates's new book ... Will the bubble burst on race-centric thinking? ... John pulls no punches on Coates’s writing ... The case for hope over pessimism in the black community ... Glenn: The Jim Crow era is over ...
Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Daniel Drezner
After Trump, do ideas even matter? ... Why Trump and Obama both reject "the Blob” ... How foreign leaders make sense of Trump’s public contradictions ... Do rumor mills have a place in the ideas industry? ... Dan: TED Talks are for thought leaders, not public intellectuals ...
Robert Wright & Andrew Sullivan
How tribalism underpins the current political moment ... Has cosmopolitan London lost its character? ... Why a strong national identity could restore unity in the US ... Andrew: Dems should make economic inequality their centerpiece issue ... How Bob’s Mindful Resistance project confronts tribalistic thinking ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Matt clarifies his controversial remarks about Harvey Weinstein ... Is attention from women a given perk of professional status? ... Newt Gingrich as a case study in professional improprieties ... Why sexual harassment may never be “solved” ... Bannon turns to the primaries in his war against the GOP ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Bill: Banning bump stocks on guns isn’t enough ... Why gun-related tragedies don’t spur effective legislation ... Matt questions whether Bret Stephens is really a conservative ... The trouble with interpreting the Second Amendment ... Bill: Trump is too lazy to start his own war ...
Robert Wright & John McPhee
Why John’s books have never included an author photo ... On the inadequacy of the term ‘nonfiction’ ... The importance of a really good lede ... John’s simple cure for writer’s block ... Why John likes to challenge the reader’s vocabulary ...
Nikita Petrov & Mark Rudd
Mark's rise to prominence at Columbia as a radical student leader ... Mark: We thought Vietnam marked the decline of American empire ... Without a union base, do Democrats have a chance? ... Why violence is bad political strategy ... Mark's vision for the left: a takeover of the Democratic Party ...
Glenn Loury & John Skrentny
When considering race became good business sense ... A brief history of sports and nationalism ... How Hollywood’s casting by race skirts civil rights laws ... John: Society is too diverse for a pure meritocracy ... What does Silicon Valley owe the rest of us? ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Why Bill’s birthday ritual involves doughnuts and a biography of Chester Arthur ... What the NFL and Google controversies say about free speech ... Why does the left dominate American culture? ... How Roy Moore’s antics could help Ted Cruz rebrand ... Where do moderate social conservatives belong? ... Bill and Matt respond to Joe Biden’s blog post on a universal basic income ...
Marc Danziger & Rob Neppell
How technology saved lives after Hurricane Harvey ... Why ham radios are crucial in Puerto Rico’s immediate relief effort from Maria ... Can the Red Cross streamline its crisis volunteer system? ... Rob’s vision of cooperation between local and federal emergency management ... Marc on the follies of “Burning Man solutions” ...
Glenn Loury & Mark Lilla
Reaganomics for lefties ... Mark's advice: Stop talking identity, start talking principles ... Glenn: Americans instinctually side with the police ... Obama's missed chance to downplay his life's identity narrative ... What the left can learn from establishment leadership ... How to create a post-identity intellectual movement ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Is Facebook too powerful? ... Matt: The UN General Assembly wasn't the place for Trump's nationalist speech ... Bill: North Korea may look to Libya for a lesson on nuclear deals ... Are Democrats making a mistake by courting Trump? ... Jimmy Kimmel rails against the Cassidy-Graham health care bill ... Bill: "Wild West health care" doesn't work for people ...
Aryeh Cohen-Wade & ContraPoints
The moral ambiguities of punching Nazis ... ContraPoints’s experience with gender dysphoria ... Why does the far right dominate YouTube? ... How YouTube stars pay the bills ... Interpreting Pewdiepie’s recent “heated gaming moment” ... Why ContraPoints left academia for YouTube ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Why Bill’s new piece on single-payer is ruffling feathers ... Are Democrats the party of single-payer now? ... Why is healthcare Bernie’s main issue? ... Will the "death panels" charge return? ... Matt’s quiet boycott of the NFL ...
Glenn Loury & Amy Wax
The professional fallout from Amy's recent controversial op-ed ... Rethinking the Sexual Revolution on college campuses ... How to educate the disadvantaged ... What do disadvantaged kids need? ... Glenn: Critics of meritocracy have a point ... Is affirmative action demoralizing for black students? ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Bill and Matt talk kids and vacations ... Trump's lack of vision on DACA ... Who does the DACA repeal appeal to, anyway? ... Matt: Dems should compromise on the border wall ... How Hillary Clinton’s new book relitigates 2016 ...
Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Zandy Hartig
What is Trump's pathology? ... Therapy dogs for Trump-induced depression ... Zandy: Give Renée Zellweger a break ... A straightforward approach to men’s fashion ... The oft-overlooked positives of Twitter ...
Aryeh Cohen-Wade & William R. Black
What does Houston mean to American culture? ... Nathan Bedford Forrest, the KKK, and Confederate statues ... The fraught territory of Confederate-themed TV shows ... Was the Civil War inevitable? ... Bill’s experience as a young suburban Neo-Confederate ...
Bill Scher & Robert Wright
Bill on why Bannon lost out to the “globalists” ... What motivates Trump, besides adulation? ... The Dems try their hand at populist messaging ... Does free college appeal to working class white voters? ... Bob’s new project: Mindful Resistance ...
Glenn Loury & Amy Wax
Amy’s controversial op-ed on upper-middle class values ... Who is a victim of circumstance and who isn’t? ... Glenn: You can’t blame culture for every disparity ... Amy responds to criticism from colleagues ... How can black elites contend with these questions? ...
Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Michael Sweeney
First reactions to the Game of Thrones season finale (spoilers ahead!) ... Littlefinger as a working class hero ... Michael’s professional opinion of GoT’s editing ... Will the series have a Hollywood ending? ... Does George R.R. Martin have a huge trick up his sleeve? ...
Robert Wright & Scott McConnell
How the process of elimination brought Buchananites to Trump ... Why GDP isn’t everything in America-first economics ... Where did non-interventionist Trump go? ... Scott: Without Bannon, there is no White House agenda ... President Trump: Inept, unprepared, but not stupid ...
Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Douglas Lain
How Zero Books came to publish Kill All Normies ... The early days of online trolling ... How the "manosphere" turned political ... Harassment from the right, moral shaming from the left ... Doug: Zero Books would shift right to fight fascism ...
Glenn Loury & John McWhorter
The fallout from Charlottesville ... John: What did General Lee offer humanity? ... Were Trump's press conference statements really that bad? ... Is the 'alt-left' violent? ... Weighing the threat of an alt-right uprising ...
Aryeh Cohen-Wade & B. D. McClay
What B.D. saw in Charlottesville ... What should we do with Confederate monuments? ... Mixed feelings on the Durham statue-toppling ... Is the monument debate a distraction? ... Were Charlottesville police negligent? ... Ideas to fix the toxic statue debate ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Why Charlottesville does (and doesn't) represent America ... Was Gorsuch worth destroying the Republican brand? ... The case against alienating white men ... How to defend conservatism in the Age of Trump ... Trump wades into the Alabama special election ... Bill and Matt muse on Trump's praise for Kim Jong Un ...
Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Kat Rosenfield
The surprising controversy over young adult novel The Black Witch ... A brief sociology of "callout culture" ... Kat: YA's diversity problem is real ... Kat fields impassioned responses to her piece ... Why YA is for adults, too ...
Heather Hurlburt & Daniel Drezner
The end of the “axis of adults” ... Heather: Trump needs Deterrence Theory 101 ... How much should we fear North Korea? ... Which Trump adviser will be the next to go? ... The disconnect between Trump and the Pentagon ... The case for negotiating with North Korea ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
The infamous Google memo ... Debating the origins of gender differences ... Why the $#*%! is Trump attacking McConnell? ... Your guide to the Alabama special Senate election ... Bill: Military vets won't rescue House Dems ...
Glenn Loury & Rajiv Sethi
Glenn: If not a crime, Philando Castile's death is a tragedy ... Why the NRA hasn't defended Castile, a licensed gun owner ... Rajiv: An edgy social media presence doesn't invalidate Castile's partner's testimony ... Is racial profiling ever defensible? ... Glenn on the pitfalls of jury psychology ...
Robert Wright & Sarah Posner
Is Trump losing Congress? ... Why Trump voters have stayed loyal ... The Russia investigation: It ain't over 'til it's over ... Can Trump’s new chief of staff enforce order... ... …and does Trump even want order? ... Sarah on the true meaning of "Deep State" ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Bill: Stop! It’s Coolidge time! ... A tour of West Virginia’s political history ... Why Trump shouldn’t celebrate the bull market ... Will people reject Mueller’s findings? ... Jeff Flake’s big mistake ... Is Flake angling for a higher office? ... Why Matt doesn’t think Republicans will transcend Trumpism ...
Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Sean Gandert
How Sean's satirical novel Lost in Arcadia foretold Trump's presidency ... Which is more relevant, Veep or House of Cards? ... Orwell vs. the Marx Brothers ... Is Trump too stupid to pull off an international conspiracy? ... Surveying modern political satire ... Sean compares modern society to the saturated commercialism of Infinite Jest ...
Glenn Loury & Joshua Cohen
Josh: Trump's Long Island speech insults good cops ... What does good policing look like, anyway? ... Trump's knack for racial dog-whistling ... Glenn to Dems: Trust the judicial process ... Comparing Trump's messaging to Obama's statement on Trayvon Martin ... What killed the "skinny repeal" bill? ... Why Dems should make a moral argument for public health care ...
Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Daniel Bessner
Scaramucci, the vulgar meritocrat ... Is Trump's transgender ban a political win? ... Is Trump just continuing Obama's foreign policy? ... How Aryeh learned to stop worrying and love American absurdity ... Daniel explains Trump's outer-borough appeal ... Twitter as the "ultimate capitalist treadmill" ...
Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus
Why Mickey still backs Trump ... Are Trump’s Russia links really a “nothing burger”? ... Backstabbing and scheming in the White House ... Trump's neocon drift ... Bob’s “mindful resistance” initiative ... How people can join the Mindful Resistance ... When anti-Trump outrage helps Trump ... What is Trumpism? ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
DMZ’s music picks of the week ... Health care hot potato! ... Which “no” Republican will flip? ... Will the Dems' “Better Deal” win over the left? ... The plan behind Trump’s trans ban ... The New Yorkerization of the right ...
Philip Menchaca & Eva Galperin
Meet the Electronic Frontier Foundation ... The fight to preserve net neutrality ... Mexico’s spyware scandal ... Controlling the spread of spyware ... The US surveillance state ... How to protect your privacy online ...
Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Kumars Salehi
Jeet Heer's article on the "dominance politics" of Chapo Trap House ... Do Harry Potter and Game of Thrones have a place in political discourse? ... What the alt-right gets wrong about the Frankfurt School ... Kumars on why teens love weird political memes ... Aryeh's anthropological look at the alt-right ... Should neoliberals and leftists be allies or enemies? ... What's the best strategy to oppose Trump? ...
Glenn Loury & John McWhorter
Discussing John's new piece on race and IQ ... How to approach the standardized testing gap ... Glenn argues for more research on race and IQ ... Is there a genetic component to criminality? ... John: Culture and home environment matter ... Is impeaching Trump a bad idea? ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
The doomed Obamacare repeal effort ... What will Republicans do now? ... Will McConnell and Ryan survive their health care defeat? ... Obamacare: Built to last ... Why Democrats should be wary of single-payer ...
Mark Leon Goldberg & Deepmala Mahla
Deepmala explains the Global Emergency Response Coalition ... Why famine is never a "natural" disaster ... Deepmala describes the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan ... Mercy Corps's operations in South Sudan ... Why isn't the American public paying attention? ...
Murtaza Hussain & Olivier Roy
Olivier’s new book, Jihad and Death ... The abstract goals of ISIS ... The link between Islam and ISIS ... Recruiting “volunteers for death” ... The future of ISIS ...
Daniel Nexon & Alexander Cooley
Alex’s book Dictators Without Borders ... Oligarchs and autocrats and kleptocrats, oh my! ... Luxury real estate’s illicit money problem ... The globalization of money laundering ... Trump and networks of power ... How Trump is blurring lines between business and politics ... The slippery slope to kleptocracy ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
David Brooks’s sandwich saga ... What elites get wrong about the working class ... Will Donald Trump Jr.’s emails change anything? ... How centrists can win over the left ... Where is Tulsi Gabbard? ...
Glenn Loury & Harold Pollack
The importance of political literature ... Václav Havel’s “The Power of the Powerless” ... When is civil disobedience justified? ... Is Trump an illegitimate president? ... Debating whether Trumpism is like McCarthyism ... How ideology obscures the truth ... Lies, damn lies, and the stories Trump tells ...
Glenn Loury & Matt Stoller
Has Silicon Valley lost its edge? ... Silicon Valley’s innovation slump ... Matt explains how "vertical integration" can kill creativity ... Can the tech giants be broken up? ... Bipartisan support for antitrust laws ... How Glenn got involved in an antitrust case against IBM ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Bill: Liberals shouldn’t be defined by college campus culture ... The body-slamming of CNN ... Was CNN wrong to track down the wrestling meme maker? ... When anger at the media hurts private citizens ... Trump’s strategy: Bait the media to discredit the media ... How can journalists protect the integrity of the media? ...
Robert Wright & Brooke Gladstone
Brooke’s new book, The Trouble With Reality ... The erosion of the public square ... Orwell vs. Huxley: Whose dystopia are we living in? ... How people are wired for self-delusion ... Why liberals struggle to understand Trump voters ... Is the media unfair to Trump? ... Brooke’s theory of Trump ...
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