A Political and Literary Forum
On the tenth anniversary of radical historian Howard Zinn’s death, Cornel West opens up about their friendship and what Zinn would have made of the decade—including whether he would have voted for Bernie.
Cornel West, Mordecai Lyon
Many revere Latin as the soul of Western civilization. But its beauty should not keep us from reckoning with its history.
The right’s success in media is not a shadowy conspiracy; it has been achieved out in the open, largely through ordinary politics. Much of it can be countered the same way.
Moral thinking about debt has fluctuated throughout U.S. history. Today’s calls for cancellation suggest it may be poised for transformation once again.
Political hobbyism takes well-meaning citizens away from pursuing power.
Far-right leaders often call for one nation united under one language. At the same time, they have always been good at using translation to spread their politics.
A bumper crop of brilliant essays on why populism isn't “anti-elite”, Trump isn’t a populist, and more.
Rosie Gillies, Boston Review
A decade ago, Harvard surgeon Atul Gawande helped popularize the idea that health care spending is high because we use too much medicine. He was wrong: it’s the prices, and who pays them.
The New York Times’s new 1619 Project argues fiercely for a new understanding of what it means to believe in America—and it is cracking the very foundations of conservatism.
Contemporary gun violence is not so much terrorism as tradition. It is deeply intertwined with the white supremacist foundations of the United States.
When Democratic senator Edmund Muskie made a quip about the government being “here to help you,” he surely didn’t know it marked the death of the New Deal.
Lawrence B. Glickman
Donald Trump has the most stable approval rating of any president since Harry Truman. As we gear up for the 2020 election, the challenge we now face is the remarkable stability of his support.
It's time to rewrite the narrative of “Trump Country.” Rural places weren't always red, and many are turning increasingly blue.
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