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RKO Pictures
Vegetative Vampires
Howard Hawks’s The Thing and Our Echo Chamber Age

In the 1951 classic, an otherworldly being feeds on all-too-human fears—and shows how bonds can fragment in a climate of paranoia and distrust.

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Graphic by Danielle Desjardins
Innovation and Disruption
Universal Basic Income: Does It Work?

Is UBI an idea whose time has come, or just a populist gimmick? With automation set to disrupt millions of jobs over the next decade, the stakes of answering that question have never been higher.

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The Ivan Golunov Affair
The Summer of Russia’s Discontent?

How the sustained outcry against a reporter’s arrest led to a rare reversal from Russia’s authorities—and could widen the cracks between the Kremlin and the public.

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(CC0 Public Domain via pxhere.com)
The View from Islamabad
Pakistan: Bad Moon Rising

A series of hydra-headed crises threatens to plunge Pakistan into chaos.

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(Wikipedia Commons)
The Great Awokening
The Rise of Progressive Occultism

Or why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez felt compelled to share her birth chart.

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Engraved by J.C. Buttre from a daguerretotype. Wikimedia Commons.
American Prophet
Frederick Douglass Is Not Dead!

And neither is the contest to define his legacy, as three recent books show.

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(Art Institute of Chicago)
History Strikes Back
The Death of the Two-State Solution

The Israeli-Palestinian peace movement got momentum at the end of history. Now that history is back, peace seems further and further away.

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On the Stage
De-Aeschylation

In the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s new Oresteia, humanism ex machina doesn’t save the day.

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(Wikipedia Commons)
Against The Jungle
When Solidarity Prevailed

Part of what made Polish independence possible was an international commitment to democratic norms. Today, that commitment is in serious doubt.

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Ville Miettinen, via Wikimedia Commons
Juggernaut
India’s Pollution Problem—And Ours

India’s growth can zero out all the world’s environmental measures.

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