Both violent surveillance and disease risk were integral to Atlantic slavery. That same war against Black people continues today.
A palliative-care physician’s memoir foregrounds the affective aspects of attending to patients as an avenue to political activism.
Today we know that, just as Adam Smith and Thomas Jefferson predicted, economic elites will never relinquish supreme power easily.
Is it really the case, as is often alleged, that money decides everything about elections? And if so, in what ways?
What does “merit” mean in a context—like India—where caste pervades public life?
What role should emotions play in leftist political movements?
Tech does not arrive in a city to save it. Instead, tech’s financial success depends on dismissing and exploiting existing disparities.
A behind-the-scenes look at what Public Books editors and staff have been reading this month.
“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.”
Today's neoliberalism emerged when US policymakers built New Deal–style projects abroad—for private gain rather than the public good.
Everyone knows that feeling when a song—written by someone else in some other place or time—sees you so completely in the present. But how does that happen?
“Being in community with people and teaching and learning outside of the confines of our classroom: I still actually really believe in that.”
Companies like Uber and Airbnb rely on the exploitation of users and workers—and some investors are pushing back. Welcome to the “techlash.”
“What we build and how we build influences the kinds of families and relationships that we can have or can even imagine.”
What could our internet have been?
Joni Mitchell’s brilliant art was always a product of artifice as much as it was of honesty.
Whatever things the humanities do well, it is beginning to look as if promoting themselves is not among them.
It doesn’t matter if they are innocent parents or 9/11 heroes: undocumented Americans have been villainized and brutalized by the United States.
Six months ago, the impeachment of President Trump failed. The fault doesn’t lie with Congress, but, instead, with the Constitution.
“These are not the stories that medicine necessarily wants us to tell, but that means it’s even doubly important that we try our best to track down these narratives.”