Social psychologists know conservative media politicizes its viewers. But by focusing on individuals, they miss how to enact political change.
How to explain the miracle of an institution as gargantuan, complex, and pivotal to society as “government”? Watch Frederick Wiseman’s City Hall.
Both America First nationalism and postwar liberalism refuse to face the challenges of the globalized world that America itself inaugurated.
What happens when a regime founded upon exclusion, racism, nationalism, and an authoritarian leader ends? In Spain, such a regime never really ended.
Today, Jewish philanthropy—like all philanthropy—is big business, thanks to US philanthropy’s torturous entanglement with US capitalism.
Confronting painful pasts gives society an opportunity to change. This is why those invested in the amnesiac status quo fight against memory.
In 20 years, Congress has never passed the DREAM Act. What has been lost in chasing this legislation’s narrow dreams?
Remember that anti-Black violence has been the central dynamic of US history—and how Black women have struggled with this violence for centuries.
Originally used to decipher the 1950s nuclear stalemate, the “Prisoner’s Dilemma” might reveal how resources are unfairly distributed today.
Once, abolitionists had to imagine a world without slavery. Can we similarly envision a world where migrants are offered justice?
Storytelling like that of Ursula K. Le Guin or Hayao Miyazaki reveals how real-world politics is similarly an act of collective “world building.”
What should climate-change writing be? What is its ambition as it moves forward?
The US imperialist wars in the Philippines, Korea, Vietnam, and Afghanistan grew from US wars against Indigenous people in the 19th century.
The status of the Ottoman Empire and its extraterritorial treaties were left in violent limbo at Versailles. This impacts the world to this day.
Versailles treated the people of Greater Syria and Iraq—Muslims, Christians, and Jews alike—as inferiors in need of “civilizational therapy.”
Rather than extend democracy into economics (as socialism was then understood), postwar elites stifled democracy in politics instead.
Why were Jews not free from antisemitism anywhere in interwar Europe, even in places—like the USSR—where it was officially condemned?
What forms of political community did the people of the Middle East imagine for themselves following World War I?
In 1919, those crafting the fate of postwar Europe wanted their designs to be hidden from view. Fortunately, Keynes had other plans.
Middle Eastern borders, democratic defeats, the US War on Terror: all this flows from the Treaty of Versailles, now just over a century old.