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How to Kill the Oil Hydra—and Other Lessons From the Fight Against Keystone XL
What the Indigenous-led victory over Keystone XL tells us about the struggle to stop oil pipelines.
Misinformation Is Destroying Our Country. Can Anything Rein It In?
Trump is gone, but the right-wing media is alive and well—and will further undermine our democracy if we let it.
How Covid Transformed US Theater
The art form has been forced to reinvent itself.
American Journalism’s Role in Promoting Racist Terror
History must be acknowledged before justice can be done.
Channing Gerard Joseph
Representative Mark Pocan on Amazon and ‘the Arrogance of Corporations That Get Too Big’
The Wisconsin representative whom Amazon attacked talks about the company’s self-serving apology, the Bessemer union vote, and the PRO Act.
We Should Shame Frequent Fliers
Pre-pandemic travel habits were destroying the earth. They must never be allowed to return.
Biden’s First Hundred Days: A Historical Audit
The president has made a promising start on a historically bold agenda. But to deliver, he’ll need to do more to explain how we got here, who is to blame—and what needs to be done.
Robert L. Borosage
Dear Media, Let’s Treat the Climate Emergency Like the Pandemic Emergency
Journalism must reflect what science says.
Minneapolis Grieves for George Floyd
With the murder trial for officer Derek Chauvin underway, these photos show how activists continue to honor him and other victims of police violence.
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In Derek Chauvin’s Trial, Will We Finally Get Justice?
Despite the extraordinarily clear evidence of police misconduct, a conviction in this case is far from assured.
Notes on Cant—and Other Ways of Saying What We Don’t Mean
A close relative of hypocrisy, cant speech conceals the iron fist of conformity inside the velvet glove of cliche.
Books & the Arts
Was Marx Also a Social Democrat?
In a new book, Shlomo Avineri explores the social democratic impulses and Jewish origins of Karl Marx.
Joe From Scranton
Since Biden has taken office, he has signed a wide array of legislation into law. But once the more immediate emergencies have passed, will he have the will and desire to enact a set of more radical and permanent policies?
Overture to a Tragedy
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Pharoah Sanders’s Grand Return
A new collaboration with electronic producer Floating Points has led to a modern-day masterpiece for the jazz master.
Marcus J. Moore
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