A Political and Literary Forum
Beyond carbon emissions and safety, the debate must also confront how the choices we make now constrain the kind of world we can build in the future.
Samuel Miller McDonald
In the most turbine-surrounded community in the world, poor residents understand that their loss—of land, jobs, and serenity—has nothing to do with the common good. Clean energy advocates should take notice.
David McDermott Hughes
Historian Samuel Moyn contends that efforts to conduct war humanely have only perpetuated it. But the solution must lie in politics, not a sacrifice of human rights.
The U.S. occupation of Afghanistan sacrificed politics—the only viable route to peace—for massive corruption and violence.
Conspiracy theories like QAnon are ultimately a social problem rather than a cognitive one. We should blame politics, not the faulty reasoning of individuals.
Democrats don’t lose elections because of rising prices. They lose when they cut spending and raise interest rates, sacrificing other goals at the altar of price stability.
Center-left parties should learn that small-bore solutions are a waste of time.
The community development industry has failed in the fight for fair housing. Despite claiming to involve residents, power and self-interest still have the final say.
Public interest journalism may not be salvageable. But more than being saved, it needs to be radically rethought.
Kevin M. Lerner
With globalization under increasing scrutiny, national governments are poised to exert more power over markets.
Arjun Jayadev, J. W. Mason
Knowing takes radical collaboration: an openness to being persuaded as much as an eagerness to persuade.
The neofascist assault on democracy is a last-ditch effort on the part of neoliberal capitalism to rescue itself from crisis. The only solution is a decisive retreat from globalized finance.
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