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Ukrainian soldiers adjust flag

The Dangerous Myth of the “Good War” The Dangerous Myth of the “Good War”

The fantasy that the war in Ukraine is a war to secure democracy around the world has taken root among well-meaning liberals.

Sep 7, 2023 / David Bromwich

photo of a sink with water that is not safe for drinking

A Year Later, the Water Crisis in Jackson Has Gone From Acute to Chronic A Year Later, the Water Crisis in Jackson Has Gone From Acute to Chronic

And the officials in charge of fixing the situation seem more interested in privatization than accountability.

Sep 7, 2023 / Highlights / Makani Themba

wga picketers hold signs

Los Angeles Is Now the Country’s Leading Union Town Los Angeles Is Now the Country’s Leading Union Town

The West Coast capital, once famous for hostility to organized labor, emerges as the epicenter of national strike action.

Sep 1, 2023 / C.M. Lewis

photo of a bathroom, mirrors on walls

Where Did Our Public Toilets Go? Where Did Our Public Toilets Go?

Why the state of a country’s civilization can be judged by its public facilities.

Aug 29, 2023 / Katrina vanden Heuvel

Martin Luther King Jr. at the March on Washington

Martin Luther King’s Dream at 60 Martin Luther King’s Dream at 60

King offered Americans the choice between acting in accordance with the constitution and resistance—often violent—to change.  In many ways, we face the same choice today.

Aug 28, 2023 / Eric Foner

Former Senator Phil Gramm (R-Tex.) as his hero, Ebenezer Scrooge.

Republicans Are Gaslighting Us on Poverty Republicans Are Gaslighting Us on Poverty

Claims that poverty in America has been eliminated, and that “idleness” is the only barrier to a life of middle-class comfort, would be funny—if they weren’t so dangerous.

Aug 21, 2023 / Brad Swanson

Social Security Card

Inflation Is Falling. So Why Are the Fiscal Austerians Back in the Headlines? Inflation Is Falling. So Why Are the Fiscal Austerians Back in the Headlines?

The latest scare was over the Social Security trust fund. The endgame is not to get rid of inflation, or to protect American workers, but to destroy their power.

Aug 16, 2023 / Marshall Auerback

US Soldiers Afghanistan

The American Military Is Truly Exceptional—at Spending Money The American Military Is Truly Exceptional—at Spending Money

Americans can certainly brag about one thing this country has beyond compare: the most expensive military around.

Aug 11, 2023 / William Astore

Capitol Insurrection

The US Military Has an Extremism Problem The US Military Has an Extremism Problem

Ideological zealotry is disruptive wherever it takes root, even if it never erupts into violence, but it’s particularly chilling inside the military.

Jul 19, 2023 / Nan Levinson

Drone Strikes

The Future of AI Is War The Future of AI Is War

Once confined to the realm of science fiction, the concept of supercomputers killing humans has now become a distinct possibility in the very real world of the near future.

Jul 17, 2023 / Michael T. Klare

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