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The great divergence

Timothy Noah and Charles Murray offer starkly different explanations of growing economic and social inequality in the United States.

In the secret history of property law, property rests on the authority of the state.

Why are Yale and other top universities teaching a Grand Strategy seminar if the conditions that seemed to call for grand strategizing no longer exist?

Mary Dudziak

For Mary Dudziak, we are now experiencing a time of permanent war, one that does not bother everyday Americans.

Temple in Annawadi

Behind the Beautiful Forevers is a superb, empathic account of life in a Mumbai undercity.

The true economic legacy of the Reagan years is not tax cuts but union busting.

Has Silvio Berlusconi’s corruption deprived Italians of their liberty?

Timothy Pachirat’s gut-wrenching account of slaughterhouse work.

How did a newspaper that once represented a progressive alternative to the status quo ultimately come to be firmly identified with the state itself?


A new book takes exciting and historic trends a step too far.

March 23, 2012

Ahmed Chalabi’s daughter recounts the family’s saga and the ancien regime.

March 7, 2011