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American empire pushes freedom down a corrosive path—but that path is not the only one.

Aziz Rana

To make change, movements need to build endurance—the capacity to keep people showing up despite their differences.

Mie Inouye

Being serious about equality means aiming to ensure we all live equally flourishing lives—not merely that we have the chance to do so.

Christine Sypnowich

On stopping the fighting and building the peace.

Rajan Menon

Austerity is not the only way to save our overextended planet. A simpler life might be both more pleasurable and more equal.

Kate Soper

We must reject the legal liberalism that attempts to cordon off constitutional questions from democratic politics.

Joseph Fishkin, William E. Forbath

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

To generate local, inclusive prosperity, cities must think beyond tech accelerators and science parks and instead embrace a wider range of innovation strategies.

Dan Breznitz

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

Mariana Mazzucato, Rainer Kattel, Josh Ryan-Collins

AI can be used to increase human productivity, create jobs and shared prosperity, and protect and bolster democratic freedoms—but only if we modify our approach.

Daron Acemoglu

Diplomacy isn’t enough. To decarbonize the economy, we must integrate bottom-up, local experimentation with top-down, global cooperation.

David G. Victor, Charles Sabel

If women’s suffrage was the battle of the twentieth century, women’s representation will be the battle of the twenty-first.

Jennifer M. Piscopo

COVID-19 will accelerate a number of troubling longer-term trends—including less public funding and a migration of courses online.

Jeffrey Aaron Snyder

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