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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

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

Mike Konczal

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

Chris Hedges

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

Private efforts to improve global working conditions have failed.

Richard M. Locke

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

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

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

Kerry Emanuel

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

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

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