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Commercial Surveillance State

Blame the marketers.

Jordan Peterson & Fascist Mysticism

The bestselling guru's ancient wisdom is unmistakably modern – a disturbing symptom of the social malaise he sets out to cure.
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Department of State’s Dissent Channel Revealed

Dozens of newly declassified documents show foreign service staff raising serious concerns about a range of U.S. policies abroad.

The 19th-Century Election That Predicted the Mueller Mess

After Democrats lost in 1876, they set about investigating the new Republican president—only for everything to backfire.

Paddling Down 'Disappointment River'

Revisiting the arduous path of 18th-century fur trader Alexander Mackenzie.

The Dirty Secret of American Nuclear Arms in Korea

North Korea may be unreliable, but it was the U.S. that broke the Korean armistice in 1958.

National Geographic Has Always Depended on Exoticism

With its race issue, the magazine is trying a different direction. Can it escape its past?

Infrastructure is Good for Business

During the Depression, business leaders knew that public works funding was key to economic growth. Why have we forgotten that lesson?

How We Nuke

Our launch protocols were designed to bypass checks and balances for a quick retaliation.
book review

Fine Specimens

How Walt Whitman became the quintessential poet of disability and death.

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