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October 14, 2021
America as a “Shining City on a Hill”—and Other Myths to Die By
Time to begin the dirty, essential work of undigging our history, before it kills us all.
August 6, 2021
We Are Not an Indispensable Nation
The United States can’t see further into the future than other countries.
Andrew J. Bacevich
April 22, 2021
Fritz Mondale and Decency
Jimmy Carter thought the vice presidency was a “wasted national asset.” Walter Mondale, who died last week, changed that forever.
May 13, 2020
If You Want to Honor US Soldiers, Start by Questioning Our Military
A veteran looks back on the follies of the US military during his time in Afghanistan.
April 17, 2020
We’ve Reached Peak Trumpian Dystopia
Can America survive Trump and the coronavirus?
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April 13, 2020
The Tangled History of Illness and Idiocy
The pandemic is stress-testing two concepts Americans have historically gotten wrong.
Jessi Jezewska Stevens
March 21, 2020
What Are US Forces Doing Abroad? We Don’t Necessarily Know.
Murder, sexual assualt, and other crimes plague our military operations abroad, where thousands of commandos operate with little visibility.
January 20, 2020
Slavery, and American Racism, Were Born in Genocide
Martin Luther King Jr. saw something essential about our nation: Imperial expansion west over stolen Indian land shaped and deepened the American Revolution’s relationship to slavery.
December 6, 2019
The Reasons Republicans Are Still Backing Trump
The party Trump has inherited is hell-bent on continuing America’s long tradition of racism and imperialism.
July 16, 2019
There’s One Heresy That Sets Bernie Apart From All Other Dem Contenders to Unseat Trump
And it’s not simply that he calls himself a socialist.