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What Comes After Meritocracy?

The long-standing focus by liberals on meritocratic advancement has isolated the working class.

Elizabeth Anderson


Reckoning With a Year of Shared Isolation, Pandemic, and Protest

The pandemic has energized collective action on both the left and right.

Jeet Heer
Fine Art

The Communist Designer, the Fascist Furniture Dealer, and the Politics of Design

A tale of two bookcases.

Glenn Adamson

Elena Ferrante’s Class Dramas

Her latest novel, The Lying Life of Adults, mines the contradictions of class identity.

Jennifer Wilson
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It’s Still Time to Abolish ICE

There has never been a better moment to move past enforcement-focused immigration strategies.

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández

Republicans Are Trying to Make the January 6 Disgrace Go Away

They acquitted Trump. Now they’re trying to spike a 9/11-style commission to learn what happened. Democrats can’t let them.

Joan Walsh

The Pandemic Tested Our Social Safety Net. It Failed.

The Covid-19 crisis has illuminated the myriad ways in which the US has failed its workers.

Rajan Menon


Mexico Could Soon Become the Largest Legal Marijuana Market in the World

But activists say the law fails to address the widespread pain that decades of militarized enforcement have caused.

Maya Averbuch

Guatemala Takes a Hard Line Against Migrants—With US Support

Long before Trump, Washington was exporting control of migratory routes, along with repressive policing, to Mexico and Central America.

Jeff Abbott

In Okinawa, the US Military Seeks a Base Built on the Bones of the War Dead

Japan is using earth from a battlefield filled with human remains to build the foundation of a US military installation.

Maia Hibbett


The Unknown Radicals of Black Photography

A recent exhibition on the Kamoinge Workshop tells the story of a group of photographers who explored the artistic and political potential of the medium to its fullest.

Barry Schwabsky

‘Minari’ Is a Landmark for Asian American Cinema

Lee Isaac Chung’s poignant immigrant drama is the kind of film that can be felt with all five senses. 

Kristen Yoonsoo Kim

Danielle Evans’s Poignant Histories of the Present

Her new fiction collection The Office of Historical Corrections gives an intimate retelling of some of the debates and protests that defined the last decade.

Jessica Lynne

Watch and Listen

Watch: Was the Killing of Ahmad Erekat an Extrajudicial Execution?

Watch Forensic Architecture's detailed investigation of the circumstances of Ahmad Erekat’s killing.

February 26, 2021

Listen: The Trumpers Among Us: Katha Pollitt

Plus Eric Foner on Will Smith’s series on the 14th Amendment.

February 25, 2021

View: Tribal Territories Have the Right to Protect Their People Against the Pandemic

South Dakota has resisted shutting down in the face of Covid-19. The Cheyenne River Reservation is taking matters into its own hands.

December 15, 2020