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

Samuel Moyn

The pioneers of cultural anthropology taught not just how to study other cultures, but how to criticize their own.

Gili Kliger

Throughout the twentieth century, bipartisan consensus was that black youth were latent criminals in need of abundant policing.

Kelly Lytle Hernández

The idea that Putin is driven by the philosophy of Eurasianism obscures the pragmatism of Russia's foreign policy. 

Jordan Michael Smith

The 1850s were a turning point for globalization, from telegraphs to colonization.

Matthew Karp

Lampooned as a dangerous import from Paris, deconstruction is in fact a distinctively American phenomenon.

Gregory Jones-Katz

Many LGBT Americans live in rural places. Their invisibility to the gay rights movement is a problem.

Hugh Ryan

A new series explores how reading works by global women of color is generative.

Rafia Zakaria

Brexit is an episode in the long contest between rulers and the working class.

Jo Guldi

When your father is trans, memoir is both personal and political.

Judith Levine

Yuri Herrera's first two novels explore Mexican border identity. 

Aaron Bady

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Liberal democracy requires that we banish religion from politics.

Assaf Sharon, Avishai Margalit

States are stealing from orphans to pad their budgets. And it's legal.

Erik Loomis

The ideas in the movement’s new manifesto would enrich our practice of democracy.

Robin D. G. Kelley

Many young children become obsessed with gender. How do we know which are trans?

Anne Fausto-Sterling

The resolution of a tantalizing hint of new physics discovered last year.

Matthew Buckley

Radical gay liberation laid the ground for the moderate legal gains of gay rights.

Michael Bronski

On the cruelties the South doles out to animals, children, and black folks.

Colin Dayan

The Higgs boson was just the beginning of what CERN might find.

Matthew Buckley

The history of false alarms leading up to the final discovery.

Matthew Buckley

How social insurance became confused with socialism.

Elizabeth Anderson

Government incentives may make us less moral, not more.

John McMahon

Local government can't fix our problems. Only big government can.

Mike Konczal

Paul Park’s fantasy troubles the line between fiction and reality.

John Crowley

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