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The United States ranked first on health security; then came COVID-19. In place of technocratic hubris, we need robust new forms of democratic humility.

Sheila Jasanoff
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Debt relief is fair. It would also be good for the economy. Why isn’t it happening? Politics.

Mike Konczal
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Any story of war is a story of elites preying on the weak, the gullible, the marginal, the poor.

Chris Hedges
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The modern foundation is an institutional oddity in a democracy. A democratic society is committed to the equality of citizens, but foundations are the voice of plutocracy.

Rob Reich
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Private efforts to improve global working conditions have failed.

Richard M. Locke
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The accident of birth is a principal source of inequality in America today. American society is dividing into skilled and unskilled, and the roots of this division lie in early childhood experiences.

James J. Heckman
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The Port Huron Statement’s core message is timeless but not dogmatic: we all need participatory democracy.

Tom Hayden
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Enlisted by the feds, can police find sleeper cells and protect civil rights, too?

Daniel Richman
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There is a lot we don’t know about climate change, but what we do know should motivate us to action.

Kerry Emanuel
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A grand new strategy for American foreign policy.

Stephen M. Walt
Under the Influence

Democracy requires that all citizens—rich and poor alike—have influence over the policies their government adopts.

Martin Gilens
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If families are making more money than ever and are still in financial trouble, surely the critics are right: Americans are overborrowing. But the data tell a different story.

Elizabeth Warren Amelia Warren Tyagi
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The war as it has evolved badly serves U.S. interests. A well-planned disengagement will serve them much better by reducing military, economic, and political costs.

Barry R. Posen