Essays
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Keep Calm—And Keep Perspective
Life in Singapore in the Time of Coronavirus

Balancing resilience with openness while keeping fear at bay is no easy feat. We may all soon have to learn how to do it.

30 Years Later
Have We Learned Any Lessons?

Vaclav Havel’s historic speech to Congress is a reminder that we all bear responsibility for effecting change.

Veterans Affairs
The Other Third Rail in American Politics

The Department of Veterans Affairs desperately needs to align its funding with the changing needs of its veterans. History shows that will be a bruising political fight.

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Unhealthy Obsessions
Will Artificial Intelligence Replace Your Doctor?

An anesthesiologist argues that the quest for “perfect” artificial intelligence is not just futile, but also dangerous. Second in a series on AI—read the first here.

Jon Berkeley, 2011
America's Institutions
Build Them Up, Don’t Let Them Down

America’s institutions have traded their formative virtues for performative outrage. In his new book, Yuval Levin argues that it’s up to us to rebuild them.

A detail from “The Prologue and the Promise”, a mural at Epcot Center by Robert McCall
(Mis)understanding The Future
Lessons of the First Automation Crisis

To understand how tomorrow’s technology will change our lives, we need to look at what yesterday’s futurists got wrong—and right.

Czeslaw Milosz
Uncaptive Minds
A Letter Discovered, an Admonishment Delayed

After defecting from Poland, the Nobel Prize-winning poet Czeslaw Milosz found himself at Berkeley—an opponent of communism, but distrusting both conservatism and the counterculture. A newly discovered letter from the period, written to James Burnham, resonates today for its wise skepticism of ideological certainties.

Zhengzhou Train Station, January 14, 2019 (Photo by Matthew Chitwood)
Dispatch from China
Homage to a Slow Train

After this Chinese New Year, the largest human migration on earth will never be the same again—and it’s not because of coronavirus.

The Deal
Renewing America’s Social Contract

With the impeachment trauma behind us, we republish Suzanne Garment’s essay on how to heal America.

Know Your Enemy
Collapsing the Russian Tripod

Successfully fighting disinformation and influence operations of authoritarian adversaries requires understanding how these efforts have been developed by—and are run out of—the intelligence services.

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