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New local labor laws aim to end worker exploitation. Can bureaucrats serve that vision?

Hana Shepherd, Janice Fine
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Hard-won legislation meant to limit or end solitary confinement has run up against the power of correctional systems to neutralize change.

Bonnie Tenneriello

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Deborah Chasman
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The state structures society. It can make us more prone to care for one another.

Leah Hunt-Hendrix, Astra Taylor
Law

Backed by the Heritage Foundation, the initiative seeks to undermine longstanding safeguards against abuses of executive power.

James Goodwin
Arts in Society

 “There is no plot; it’s just Black people living their lives with other Black people on their own planet.”

Jennifer Maritza McCauley
Politics

Governments wracked by debt have found militias an efficient way of managing restive populations.

Joshua Craze
Forum

The defeat of fossil fuel interests is the first step to social justice.

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò
Politics

Jodi Dean responds to Ayça Çubukçu’s “Many Speak for Palestine.”

Jodi Dean, Ayça Çubukçu
Politics

Is partition the only path to self-determination?

Leila Farsakh

What would a just state look like, and how can we get there?

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The solidarity movement doesn’t have a single leader—and it doesn’t need one.

Ayça Çubukçu
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Ahmed Moor
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How Zionism’s dreams of liberation became entangled with colonialism.

Barnett R. Rubin

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Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson with Larry Bartels, Bryce Covert, Lily Geismer, Heather Gautney, and others
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J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy has been held up as a guidebook for understanding the 2016 election, but it’s rooted in a dangerous myth.

Elizabeth Catte
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The Olympics have long tried to obscure the political nature of sport.

Robert L. Kehoe III
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