COVID-19 is the first truly comprehensive crisis of the Anthropocene era, affecting virtually everyone on the planet.
Past Editor: Destin Jenkins
If factory farming is the source of pathogens like SARS-CoV-2, could smaller-scale farms and communities—even in China—be the safest alternative?
Houses without people, people without homes: New York has invested in empty storefronts and empty districts, even as most New Yorkers suffer.
Today—as in 1968—it remains to be seen if McDonald’s pivot toward racial justice will mean anything for how it treats its scores of Black workers.
Occupy Wall Street’s great achievement was to briefly create a community that prefigured a robust democratic culture.
When employers fail to provide PPE, testing, sick pay, or job protection, the message is clear: Latinx laborers are “not us.”
The inconvenient truth of police history in the United States is that police departments were not designed to keep a generic public safe.
The COVID-19 global pandemic has been described as an unprecedented global event. Yet for some, the virus arrives with uncanny familiarity.
In Detroit today, politicians promise that real estate development—coupled with police violence—will guarantee the city’s spiritual redemption.
Rather than taking money out of politics, we should inject more money into politics: but money in the service of the public good.
Today we know that, just as Adam Smith and Thomas Jefferson predicted, economic elites will never relinquish supreme power easily.
What role should emotions play in leftist political movements?
Thanks to surveillance, political violence, and AI, we no longer have the luxury of humanist utopias to plan for the future.
Tech does not arrive in a city to save it. Instead, tech’s financial success depends on dismissing and exploiting existing disparities.
“There were so many new laws, I had to make a map showing the spread and intensity of antimargarine laws in states over a quarter century.”
“We're in a science fiction novel now that we are all co-writing together.”
Today's neoliberalism emerged when US policymakers built New Deal–style projects abroad—for private gain rather than the public good.
What can the history of the temp-work industry teach us about the precarity of modern working life?
Both left and right employ “speculative nonfiction” to imagine the world after climate change. But who will win the battle of the futurists?
Covid-19 spread so rapidly because urbanization is now planetary: connecting disparate territories through flows of goods and people.