A Political and Literary Forum
Private insurance companies have long dominated the provision of social security in the United States, but resistance is growing.
Food is becoming a target for anti-Islam politics.
John R. Bowen
How a grassroots movement of farmers laid the foundation for state intervention in the economy, challenging the slaveholding South in the run-up to the Civil War.
Chris Hong, Robert Manduca, Nic Johnson
Sovereign states have been mythologized as the natural unit of political order. History shows how new they are—and how we can think beyond them.
Founded a century ago, the Chinese Communist Party has repeatedly defied predictions of its demise. Today it retains popular support by selectively repressing and responding to social demands.
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.
Direct payments to families should replace backdoor tax breaks, which obscure the failures of capitalism to sustain social reproduction.
Attempts to cast Said as the consummate New York intellectual miss the point that his milieu was one of global, and specifically Palestinian, anticolonial struggle.
Turning a blind eye to the realities of racial injustice, the highly orchestrated right-wing attacks cast a body of scholarship about race in the law as a great threat to American society.
David Theo Goldberg
Studying the social world requires more than deference to data. In some cases, it may even require that we reject findings—no matter the prestige or sophistication of the technical apparatus on which they are built.
A sweeping new history of U.S. capitalism finds that economic gains have always been driven by the state.
Justin H. Vassallo
Two timely new books unmask the colossal shipping industry behind global trade, whose monstrous pursuit of profit has long wreaked havoc on laborers and the seas they sail through.
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Shellyne Rodriguez, Billy Anania
Carmen Lea Dege
David Theo Goldberg
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