Here’s Every Defense of the Electoral College — and Why They’re All Wrong

Most of the arguments for preserving our insane system are morally odious, unsubstantiated, and/or factually incorrect.

Who Should Own Photos of Slaves? The Descendants, not Harvard, a Lawsuit Says

A woman is suing the university over 169-year old photos of people she says are her ancestors.
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Iraq, 15 Years Later

Fifteen years after the U.S. invasion, there’s no satisfying answer to the question: What were we doing in Iraq anyway?

Making Good on the Broken Promise of Reparations

Ignoring the moral imperative of repairing slavery's wounds because it might be “divisive” reinforces a myth of white innocence.

I Don't Care How Good His Paintings Are, He Still Belongs in Prison

George W. Bush committed an international crime that killed hundreds of thousands of people.

Hollow Words

Exploring John Cleves Symmes Jr.’s obsession with a hollow Earth.

Banking on the Cold War

The Cold War says more about how U.S. elites imagined their “freedom” than it does about enabling other people to be free.

Exxon Had Some Insane Visions For Saving the Planet

Giant mirrors, ocean whitening, and other suggestions from the company's in-house engineers in 1997.

The New Old Democrats

It’s not the 1990s anymore. People want the government to help solve big problems. Here’s how the Democrats must respond.
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Time-Bombing the Future

Synthetics created in the 20th century have become an evolutionary force, altering human biology and the web of life.

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