Haunted by the specter of democracy, the Constitution’s framers blundered into a historic miscalculation. We’re still living with the consequences.
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A slice of life from a country in crisis.
A discussion on American partisanship, political dysfunction, and why it’s not our passions that are the problem — it’s the Constitution itself.
In 2002, the Pentagon staged a $250 million war game known as the “Millennium Challenge.” It was supposed to be a fixed fight — until a retired Marine lieutenant general, playing the role of a Middle Eastern country, brought the US military to its knees.
By virtually any measure, people in the United States are worse off than those in other rich countries. There’s no disputing the impact of our weak entitlements and paltry labor protections.
It used to be better to be a low-wage worker in the United States than in France. That hasn’t been the case for a long while.
How the neoliberal project’s very own fifty-state strategy left poverty and low wages in its wake.
We know the US rail network is no match for trains in France or Japan. But Barack Obama’s plan for high-speed rail couldn’t even match that of Morocco or Uzbekistan.
A new book shows how the fragmented American state arrests democracy. What we need is nothing short of a reconstruction.
A Very British Coup embraced the intrigues of class war, but its sequel falls prey to the mundanities of culture war.
Effective states can enforce discipline on elites. The United States is not one of them.
The United States is not a failed state — just ask any American capitalist. But we desperately need something better for everyone else.
The United States today isn’t on the verge of a Soviet-style disintegration — but neither is there any force at the top willing and able to reform our political system.
In the United States of 2020, millions are desperate for help, and they’re forced to compete for scraps from Twitter philanthropists.
John Carpenter’s movies provide visions of societies falling apart. No wonder his work is resonating now more than ever.
America’s experiment with public housing was far less successful than Europe’s — but this hasn’t made it any less influential.
In the United States today, as in 1990s Russia, for a lot of intellectuals, total nihilism seems more plausible than hope for even modest reform.
Within ten days of giving birth, a quarter of us are forced to return to work. If liberals truly want to support parents’ choices, they need to back the subsidies and employment legislation that are vital to child-rearing.
From the mutant animals of Chernobyl and Marie Antoinette’s perverted orgies, to QAnon and Russiagate, conspiracy theories flourish in times of crisis and collapse of political legitimacy.
In an increasingly unstable country, what if a “deep police state” threatens to undermine our electoral gains?
It is not enough to question the decisions, the justices, or even the structure of the current court — we need to challenge, as Abraham Lincoln did, the foundation of its power to determine the law.
The first generation of the GOP tried — and failed — to build a modern republic. Socialists today won’t get very far unless we finish their work.
Real left strategy isn’t found in socialist magazines. It’s found in the stars.
And our decades to come.