A Political and Literary Forum
Philosopher Karl Popper famously asked how to tell the two apart. His answer—falsifiability—hasn’t aged well, but the effort lives on.
Michael D. Gordin
Tocqueville warned us about democratic fatalism. But as Steven Pinker’s new book shows, fatalism is a permanent feature of modern politics.
The philosopher Herbert Marcuse saw machines as our greatest hope for real liberty. But in Trump’s America, automation feels more totalitarian than ever.
Reckoning with Germany’s dangerous legacy.
What constitutes a good death? On end-of-life care and assisted suicide.
F. M. Kamm
No matter how political things seem, they are invariably personal.
A new biography reveals Habermas's commitment to a democratic ideal.
William E. Scheuerman
Protest is not merely a matter of personal awakening, but of organizing and mobilizing the power needed to change social relations.
Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey
Lampooned as a dangerous import from Paris, deconstruction is in fact a distinctively American phenomenon.
America continues to be haunted by our need to grieve.
Liberal democracy requires that we banish religion from politics.
Avishai Margalit & Assaf Sharon
Government incentives may make us less moral, not more.
Egalitarianism requires not just redistribution but equal social standing.
Vital reading on politics, literature, and more in your inbox
Daniel Akihiro Iwama
Robin Dembroff, Dee Payton
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