Seeing Genocide

Israel’s weaponization of images since October 7 obfuscates its genocidal campaign against Palestinians.

Democracy in the Real World

Theories of justice map what a good society should look like, but they generally offer few details about how to get there.

Surviving a Wretched State

Melvin Rogers and Neil Roberts discuss the difficulty of keeping faith in a foundationally anti-Black republic.

More than Genocide

The law occludes the abhorrent violence routinely perpetrated by states in the name of self-defense.

Beneath the Razor Wire

Polish director Agnieszka Holland’s new film exposes the violent contradictions at the heart of EU border policy.

Chicano Frankenstein

How can you have thoughts without words? The man turned back to his coffee and drank. It was cold. Breakfast was done. Time to move on.

A Grassroots Government

Janice Fine explains how “co-enforcement”—a bold new model for upholding labor law—is linking the state to social movements.

Two Poems

Your lone question —
What happens when you ignore a part of someone? —
Would flood me, and in time, knock down
Every structure.

Unlearning Isolation

Mie Inouye and Daniel Martinez HoSang discuss the challenges of organizing in a society that tears groups apart.

Neither Governed nor Free

I first met an AI in 1998. I was an adolescent, and it was the early days of the Internet; life online was an alien thing, broken-linked journeys and open-ended “chats” with faceless, voiceless interlocutors. This was exciting. The hastily improvised interfaces, the weird, unpolished content, the uncertainty of where a link would lead or […]

Beyond Moral Condemnation

Amid ongoing reporting and ethical outrage, we need context for the fight between Hamas and Israel—and how it shapes possibilities for peace.

One Bureau under God

Jeanne Theoharis speaks with Lerone A. Martin on the white Christian legacy of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI.

What Are Families For?

A liberal economist and a family abolitionist agree: our economic system makes human flourishing depend on social units it can’t sustain.

How Not to Do Industrial Policy

Instead of pouring public funds into private industry—as the U.S. did with COVID-19 vaccines—we must build public capacity and prioritize public objectives.

Industrial Policy’s Comeback

We need a mission-oriented approach to the economy that embraces an active role for government in spurring growth and innovation.

Our Avatars, Ourselves

Generative AI has made it possible to create lifelike models of real people. Should we?

Two Poems

most days, during some mid-day hour, / I close my eyes and say the Sh’ma. / But it’s always the wrong time of day, / and it’s the only prayer I know

Cop Cities in a Militarized World

The United States has long supported the repression of Latin American land defenders. The tactics it exported are coming to the Atlanta forest.

From the Editors: On Solidarity

Introducing our summer 2023 issue: What does solidarity mean, and how can movements build enough of it to change the world?

The Abortion Plot

A long line of films tracks the solidarities that arise when prohibition makes friendship too perilous.

Liberalism in Mourning

Lionel Trilling crystallizes the cynical Cold War liberalism that sacrificed idealism for self-restraint.

Bond Villains

How a little-understood feature of urban finance—municipal bonds—fuels racial inequality.

Can We Still Write about Trauma?

Chantal Johnson’s debut novel, Post-Traumatic, makes the case that we can—by moving away from representations of individual suffering.