Across the political spectrum, people deny how bad the state of the world is. No wonder the far right’s lies have such purchase.
Occupy Wall Street’s great achievement was to briefly create a community that prefigured a robust democratic culture.
The COVID-19 global pandemic has been described as an unprecedented global event. Yet for some, the virus arrives with uncanny familiarity.
Crisis Cities brings together some of the world’s leading social scientists and humanists to grapple with the 2020 crises of our cities.
Once, “coming out” was something done within gay social worlds. Today, new groups do so to refute stigma, and to reclaim that stigma as pride.
Rather than studying birds—and birders—in isolation, the time has come to see both as linked to the crises of racism and climate change.
Could architecture and design transform a place like Gaza, and do so with justice? One of Sorkin’s last projects tackled exactly those questions.
A 1980 novel brilliantly anatomizes the Australian settler-colonial roots of the late 20th century’s crass materialist complacency.
“Start-ups: they need philosophers, political theorists, historians, poets. Critics.”
Two futurists ran an experiment: What happens when a room of strangers plan for the future together?
Let’s rupture and reject the “timeline,” a flawed and colonial form of teaching history.
Humans can adapt to almost anything. So if social media forces us into permanently hostile camps, we will learn to stop seeing any other way.
“A relentless assault on received orthodoxies has the effect of making you unpopular with the people for whom those received orthodoxies are orthodox.”
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.
The money given by big donors distorts the British political system. How should the voices of ordinary citizens be heard?
The institutions created to ensure transparency in the funding of politics find it difficult to carry out their mission.
Is it really the case, as is often alleged, that money decides everything about elections? And if so, in what ways?
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.