Essays
Signal to Noise
The Rights and Responsibilities of Internet Platforms

Ahead of the 2020 elections, a furious political fight is brewing over how internet platforms moderate expression by their users. It’s grounded in misunderstandings about freedom of expression that need to be re-framed.

political reform
Ensuring Electoral Integrity

To stave off crisis, America’s elections must become more transparent.

Photo by Fahrul Azmi on Unsplash
China-India Standoff
Between Ladakh and a Hard Place

The Modi government has cooled public passions about the Chinese border clashes with nationalist rhetoric and a few economic sanctions. But India’s strategic position is weak—and Modi knows it.

Via Kremlin.ru
Governing Russia
Vladimir Putin vs. “Citizen No”

Putin’s rigged plebiscite might have formally extended his control over Russia—but beneath the surface, cracks are widening and discontent is growing.

John Hill, via Wikimedia Commons
China and Religious Freedom
Where Is the Panchen Lama?

As the Dalai Lama turns 85, the Chinese Communist Party is stepping up its plans to control the selection of the Tibetan spiritual leader’s successor. The kidnapping of the six-year-old Panchen Lama and his family 25 years ago shows how far it is prepared to go.

Photo by Nick Chong on Unsplash
The Inequality Debate
Should America Still Believe in Free Markets?

Americans of all stripes are losing faith in free markets. To understand why, we can’t just look at wealth inequality—the distribution of human capital is even more important.

Retroview
When the Monsters Come Due

Sixty years later, the most portentous episode of The Twilight Zone resonates for its chilling study of paranoia and mob psychology.

After Bostock
Gorsuch’s Razor

The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on transgender rights will only inflame the culture war—and transpeople may be caught in the crossfire.

Sovereign Debt & Kleptocracy
This Time It’s Really Different

The COVID crisis has injected a legitimate humanitarian imperative into bailing countries out of a sovereign debt crisis of historic proportions. The hastiness of the bailouts, however, is setting up all sorts of dire unintended consequences.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa via Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)
COVID-19
Africa’s Pandemic Politics

Political crises, a continent-wide recession, and democratic backsliding—these are just a few of the likely side effects as COVID-19 spreads across Africa.

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