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  • A different kind of news bias

    We would never accept news that is disproportionately positive. Why are we so willing to accept the reverse?

  • Why desegregation matters

    Separateness can be beautiful, expressed in distinct cultures, traditions, and nations. But when the Supreme Court declared in 1954 that “Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal,” it touched on a truth.

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  • Refuge is not a point on a map

    What obligation do more prosperous nations have to help those in disarray or distress?

  • The aggressive (and subtle) faces of coercion

    No matter the injustices heaped upon them, liberty and freedom percolate beneath the surface.

  • Do borders have to divide?

    What are borders, really? In an evolving world, what should they do?

  • Horse sense for politics

    Only by not resorting to violence can you develop a relationship built on trust and respect.

  • Colonialism in reverse

    The story of Juba Arabic is one of colonization. The language is a mixture of different tongues imposed upon the South Sudanese by outsiders. That makes the story of Juba Arabic an allegory of sorts. 

  • What democracy actually does

    Opinions about the best way forward can fracture a country in countless ways. Democracy, at its most fundamental level, is about creating a structure that can absorb those disagreements without violence or tyranny.

  • What money can’t buy in politics

    Money does other things that are subtler yet in some ways just as concerning as outright corruption. And, in a bit of a shock, new research suggests that money doesn’t do something that many think it does. 

  • Demanding more from politics

    What the Kavanaugh hearings showed is the tendency to be satisfied with the 'politics of personal destruction.'

  • The triumph of gray

    Perhaps the answer to growing concerns about capitalism is not in black or white – it is in the perpetual reconsideration and recalibration that reveals the symphony within the gray.

  • How to create a world full of winners

    When politics appeals to our zero-sum fears just to get us to the ballot box, it is a small step back toward the Stone Age.