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Letters: Shinzo Abe’s Legacy
Readers offer further insights on the former Japanese prime minister’s vexed relationship with history.
September 23, 2022
David Leonhardt’s Centrist Nostalgia Won’t Save Democracy
Jim Crow wasn’t an exception—but a model for the future.
September 21, 2022
Imani Perry’s Capacious History of the South
While the South is often dismissed as a region catching up to the rest of the country, Perry’s new book demonstrates why it has always been the key to defining the promise and limits of American democracy.
Robert Greene II
September 19, 2022
We Didn’t Vanquish Polio. What Does That Mean for Covid-19?
The world is still reeling from the pandemic, but another scourge we thought we’d eliminated has reemerged.
September 13, 2022
With Queen Elizabeth Gone, Monarchy’s Magic May Be Fading
If the Crown is the lid on Britain’s pressure cooker, it is now less firmly placed on a more combustible pot.
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September 12, 2022
God Save Us From the King
The British monarchy is nothing if not adaptable—but for how long?
September 7, 2022
Is the Avant-Garde Still Avant-Garde?
Today’s radical art movements can always congeal into tomorrow’s orthodoxy.
September 3, 2022
The Mysteries of Adam Smith
How to understand Adam Smith’s politics
September 1, 2022
Where Solidarity, Abolition, and Queer History Meet
The Women’s House of Detention: A Queer History of a Forgotten Prison
makes a compelling case for abolition as a central part of queer politics.
August 31, 2022
How Emmett Till’s Death Led to the Invention of the “Liberal Media”
The young Black man’s murder is an outrage that still haunts our history. So do the lies in the media set in motion by the discovery of his mutilated body 67 years ago today.